If Beale Street Could Talk

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Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple's unbreakable bond and the African-American family's empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). read more
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Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple's unbreakable bond and the African-American family's empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Tish knows that Fonny is innocent, and is mindful that his good friend Daniel Carty (Tony and Emmy Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry) has only recently been freed after an unjust incarceration. While Fonny's mother (Aunjanue Ellis) clings to piety and his father (Michael Beach) grapples with feelings of powerlessness, Tish's earthy father Joseph (Colman Domingo) and fierce older sister Ernestine (Teyonah Parris) are unwavering in their support. Even more anxious to clear Fonny's name is Tish's deeply compassionate mother Sharon (Emmy Award winner Regina King), readying to put herself on the line for her daughter and future son-in-law's happiness... ...and for the couple's unborn child, whose arrival will herald new joys and challenges. Facing the unexpected prospect of parenthood and holding down a job without her partner at her side, Tish must adjust her perspective on the realities of her existence. She visits Fonny regularly, trying to shore up his spirit even as prison takes its toll. As the weeks turn to months, Tish reaffirms their hopes and resilience, relying on familial and inner strength.

Original Release

11/17/2018

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Cast

Kiki Layne Tish Rivers
Stephan James Alonzo 'Fonny' Hunt
Teyonah Parris Ernestine Rivers
Regina King Sharon Rivers
Colman Domingo Joseph Rivers
Brian Tyree Henry Daniel Carty
Diego Luna Pedrocito
Dave Franco Levy
Ed Skrein Officer Bell
Michael Beach Frank Hunt
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Barry Jenkins

Writers

Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin

Cast

Kiki Layne Tish Rivers
Stephan James Alonzo 'Fonny' Hunt
Teyonah Parris Ernestine Rivers
Regina King Sharon Rivers
Colman Domingo Joseph Rivers
Brian Tyree Henry Daniel Carty
Diego Luna Pedrocito
Dave Franco Levy
Ed Skrein Officer Bell
Michael Beach Frank Hunt
Finn Wittrock Hayward
Aunjanue Ellis Mrs. Hunt
Pedro Pascal Pietro Alvarez
Emily Rios Victoria Rogers
Ebony Obsidian Adrienne Hunt
Dominique Thorne Sheila Hunt
Bobby Conte Thornton Italian Punk
Marcia Jean Kurtz Italian Lady
Ethan Barrett Young Fonny
Milanni Mines Young Tish

Producers

Chelsea Barnard Executive Producer
Mark Ceryak Executive Producer
Sarah Esberg Executive Producer
Caroline Jaczko Executive Producer
Jillian Longnecker Executive Producer
Brad Pitt Executive Producer
Megan Ellison Executive Producer
Megan Ellison Producer
Dede Gardner Producer
Barry Jenkins Producer
Jeremy Kleiner Producer
Sara Murphy Producer
Adele Romanski Producer
Sean Garrett Fogel Producer

Editors

Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

2019 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
2019 Golden Globe Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Nominated
2019 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Won
2019 Oscar Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) Nominated
2019 Oscar Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Won
2019 Oscar Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
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