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A Private Affair
A Private Affair
Actors: Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell, Lou Myers, Merry Clayton, Casey Lee
Director: Michael Toshiyuki Uno
Genres: Drama, Television
NR     2003     1hr 35min

The life of a successful novelist (played by Vanessa Bell Calloway) begins to unravel when the IRS threatens her with the possibility of serving jail time for tax evasion. She seeks refuge with family and friends and trie...  more »


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Actors: Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell, Lou Myers, Merry Clayton, Casey Lee
Director: Michael Toshiyuki Uno
Creators: Kimberly Ogletree, Roy Campanella II, Sabrina Gray, Donna Hill, Tony Lee
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television
Studio: Urban Works
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/09/2003
Original Release Date: 08/26/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 08/26/2000
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

BET Films Finally Gets Something Right!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I recently bought this DVD and I really enjoyed it. I always loved Vanessa Bell Calloway. She's a great actress who's been underrated for way too long. I was happy to see her in a starring role. It's been a while. The film starts off with Nikita Harrell, a famous novelist whose life begins to fall flat once she realizes she could be put in prison for not paying taxes. From that point on, the brilliant yet self-absorbed and mean-spirited Nikita steps on everyone who gets in her way in order to fix her own problems. One night when she's struggling with her latest manuscript she comes to a revelation: she wants to travel to Africa to see the motherland and find herself again. Nikita learns that a trip is not the only answer and turns her attitude around. This film was lovely and hit close to home because I am an author myself. Nikita was a very selfish woman who learned the hard way that a bad life doesn't give you the right to treat people wrong. She learns to lean on the people who love her instead of running away from them. This is a beautiful family drama. I laughed and cried. My only complaint was that the film wasn't longer. I am not a big fan of BET film adaptations because the ones I've seen were not impressive. A Private Affair is the only BET film I would recommend to anyone. It's light-hearted yet dramatic and just plain fun. Vanessa Bell Calloway has chemstry with everyone she encounters and she convinced me of her part completely. Fans of intelligent black films should definitely get this movie. It's a movie no Vanessa Bell Calloway fan should miss."
You Can Leave Home, But Home Always Comes Back To You
Michael Kerner | Brooklyn, New York U.S.A. | 01/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It always seems to surprise me about Africa-American entertainment these days. Yet, there are just so many stereotypes written about woment in those roles, and so many of them not given credit in good quality roles, as much as those roles are strictly given to certain actresses like Halle Berry. Yet, with all of those, it does dismantle some light into good movies. Thankfully, BET and Arabesque entertainment, known for their well recieved books have definitely shined in on bringing good quality movies to the DVD market. That has happened with so many great movies from their novels including Playing With Fire, the well recieved After All with Holly Robinson Peete, and other acceptional flicks, including A Private Affair.

In the 2000 film A Private Affair, featuring Vanessa Bell Calloway (Vanessa Bell at the time this film was catually released), the film reflects on a well recieved African-American writer, Nikita and how she learns to come back home after declared a victim to the I.R.S. Yet, she really feels sorry for herself at first, but also learns to rebuild her old life with her family, and an old flame from her past in the process. The movie fairs well, but loses a little of its momentum at the beginning, but gains it back during the middle of the movie, when Nikita decides to take a life-changing journey to Africa so she can recapture her essence and boldness as a author.

For an actress like Vanessa Bell, who was a talk show panelist on the short-lived BET knockoff to The View "Oh Drama!", she has a lot of character in her, that should make her placed as the next Angela Bassett. A Private Affair is a wonderful movie. If you haven't seen it on BET, try renting this video and see if you like it. If you do, go ahead and buy it."
Michael Kerner | 03/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

A Private Affair
Tinkabell | Birmingham, AL | 02/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It was ok. The only reason I purchased this movie is because I'm a fan of Vanessa Bell Calloway. I've seen better BET movies. Regardless, I purchased it and added it to my ongoing African American dvd collection."