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R| 2 hr. 12 min.

Plot Summary
A richly imagined journey into the life and writings of brilliant Cuban author and exile Reinaldo Arenas. It spans the whole of Arenas' life, from his rural childhood and his early embrace of the Revolution to the persecution he would later experience as a writer and homosexual in Castro's Cuba; from his departure from Cuba in the Mariel Harbor exodus of 1980 to his exile and death in the United States.

Cast: Javier Bardem , Olivier Martinez , Andrea Di Stefano , Johnny Depp , Sean Penn , Michael Wincott , Najwa Nimri , Hector Babenco

Director: Julian Schnabel

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Lolafilms Distribución, El Mar Pictures, Grandview, United King Films, Fine Line Features, Keyfilms Roma

Before Night Falls (2000)

Release Date: December 22nd, 2000|2 hr. 12 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In uniting to honor Arenas, Bardem and Schnabel create something extraordinary. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    It's an horrific and tragic story, but somehow made beautiful through the care and attention of Schnabel's direction and Bardem's tender, unforgettable performance. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Plays like a labor of love. show more

  • August 31, 2008 Hsccol
    Report This User

    Bardem's performance was up for an oscar. He should have won the award for a brilliant performance. The movie is exemplary in many other respects, as well.

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