|To Sleep with Anger|
|Directed by||Charles Burnett|
|Written by||Charles Burnett|
|Edited by||Nancy Richardson|
|Music by||Stephen James Taylor|
|Distributed by||The Samuel Goldwyn Company|
To Sleep with Anger is a 1990 American black comedy film written and directed by Charles Burnett.
In 2017, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".It had a remastered home media release from the Criterion Collection on February 26, 2019.
Gideon (Paul Butler) and his wife, Suzie (Mary Alice), live in South Central Los Angeles. Harry (Danny Glover), a longstanding friend from the South whom they have not seen for many years, makes a surprise visit.The couple are delighted to see him and insist that he stay with them for as long as he wishes. Harry has a charming, down-home manner, but his enigmatic and somewhat amoral presence brings to a crisis trouble simmering in the family—especially as regards the younger son, Samuel or "Babe Brother" (Richard Brooks), and his relationships with his parents, wife, and older brother, Junior (Carl Lumbly).
Harry's presence threatens to break up Samuel's marriage and seems to be related to an illness Gideon develops. It proves ultimately purgative, though Harry's precise role remains ambiguous.
The film has received critical acclaim.As of August 2020, To Sleep with Anger holds a rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes from 32 reviews with an average score of 7.30/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "To Sleep with Anger examines cultural tensions with a deft hand and a potent blend of comedy and drama, stirred skillfully to life by a strong cast led by Danny Glover."
Chuck Bowen of Slant Magazine called it a "neglected masterpiece of African-American cinema."IndieWire's Brandon Wilson has called it Burnett's "other masterpiece," as well as numerous other favorable comparisons to Killer of Sheep , saying "Like all great art, To Sleep With Anger triumphs because it works both on a personal level... and it is provocative enough thematically to fuel hours of discussion about tradition versus modernity and how it has affected African-Americans, for better or worse... [Burnett]'s asking us to think about the generation gap, Christian faith versus backwoods mysticism, the grip of the past versus the pull of the present, African-American yearning for financial prosperity versus our sense of altruism & duty and complications within both sides of each coin."
Roger Ebert, however, called it "too long" in a mixed review (2.5/4).Entertainment Weekly's Owen Glieberman called it "too ambitious" and said it "never finds a mood".
|1991||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Film||To Sleep with Anger||Nominated|
|1991||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Feature||Caldecot Chubb, Thomas S. Byrnes and Darin Scott||Nominated|
|Best Director||Charles Burnett||Won|
|Best Male Lead||Danny Glover||Won|
|Best Female Lead||Mary Alice||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Female||Ethel Ayler||Nominated|
|Sheryl Lee Ralph||Won|
|1992||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Motion Picture||To Sleep with Anger||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Danny Glover||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture||Mary Alice||Nominated|
|1990||Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards||Best Screenplay||Charles Burnett||Nominated|
|1991||National Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Actor||Danny Glover||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Charles Burnett||Won|
|1990||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actor||Danny Glover||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Charles Burnett||Nominated|
|1990||Sundance Film Festival||Grand Jury Prize||Charles Burnett||Nominated|
|Special Jury Recognition||Won|
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