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The Visit
The Visit
Actors: Obba Babatunde, Rae Dawn Chong, Charmin Lee White, Terrell Mitchell, Enoh Essien
Director: Jordan Walker-Pearlman
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2001     1hr 47min

When Alex is sent to prison for a crime he swears he didn't commit, his family at the insistence of their brutally strict father abandon the boy to his fate.


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Actors: Obba Babatunde, Rae Dawn Chong, Charmin Lee White, Terrell Mitchell, Enoh Essien
Director: Jordan Walker-Pearlman
Creators: Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Anastasia King, Charla Driver, Chet Williams III, Kosmond Russell
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Family Life, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/23/2001
Original Release Date: 04/20/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 04/20/2001
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Outstanding redemption story
David Clapp | TN USA | 11/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Visit" is an outstanding expanded view of a prison inmate dying of AIDS. His world is defined by visits from family members and an old girl friend, and by his meetings with a prison psychologist and the parole board. Each encounter is followed by dream sequences where he imagines an intimacy with them that is impossible across the physical and mental barriers defining their short time together. The story paints a larger picture of anger, love, and forgiveness that reaches beyond the unsentimental and unvarnished prison drama to a universal redemption unbound by prison walls. Say amen somebody; this is true religion at its best, sans God or Bible, but rich in human love."
Make This a Must Scheduled "Visit"
Mark D. Cunningham | Austin, Texas United States | 02/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Visit" is a very fine film with formidable performances, especially from the superb Hill Harper and Billy Dee Williams. I also thought Rae Dawn Chong was the best I've ever seen her. It is a terrible shame this film was deemed fit only to been seen in theatres on the West and East coasts. I would definitely have paid good money to see this film to give it the proper support it so richly deserved. I found myself connecting with these characters completely and regretted seeing them leave after a truly magnificent stay in my home for an hour and forty five minutes. Please rent this film. There may be little we can do about supporting it at a theatre near our respective homes, however we can do what is necessary to make sure it flies off video shelves. While it is not my intention to insult films like "The Brothers" and "Two Can Play That Game," I do feel it is worth noting that films like "The Visit" ("Eve's Bayou" comes to mind as well as the television series adaptation of the film "Soul Food") represent the talent Black actors and filmmakers are capable of if only given the chance to be seen and heard. Bravo to Jordan Walker Pearlman for his exquisite film and let us hope this represents an embracing of excellence in the telling of Black people's stories on screen. I am very, very proud."
thesavvybamalady | Prichard, Alabama USA | 03/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is just beautiful. The portrayals were the absolute best and I wasn't disappointed. You have this brother who has AIDS in prison. His father, who didn't give him no support when he needed it, will not visit him in prison until the brother(Obba Babatunde) asks them to. I believe the reason he asks the family to come is because he knew the end was coming, and in his own way he wanted to make peace. In some of the scenes, he baits some of the folks, I felt that was a waste of time, but other than that, it was good. One of the best, and one of the most underrated movies that is out there."
The Prison is in your Mind
Mark D. Cunningham | 03/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I first saw The "Visit" it was on HBO, but never really seeing
the Movie from the beginning, but found it to be just as powerful.
I'm a movie collector and just knew I wanted it as part of my
collection. To me "The Visit" was just an anology of being
locked behind the "prison walls of your mind" and even though
those who were physically free weren't really free...they were
still imprisoned mentally and spiritually. Sometimes you have to look beyond the title of the movie and see how it's speaking into your life. The acting was good and there was a story line; it all
had to do with how deep inside yourself were you willing to go to
get the meaning of the message of the movie..."