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Plot, Details & Awards



Rated R for strong graphic language, drug use, sexuality, and some violence.

R In Theaters 11/14/1995 , 88min.
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Plot & Details

The first feature-length Canadian drama to be created by an all-black team of filmmakers, this inner city film from writer-director Clement Virgo tracks the lives and struggles of several urban minorities during one Easter weekend. As the pirate radio disc jockey known as Rude (Sharon M. Lewis) broadcasts throughout a Toronto project, an artist named General (Maurice Dean Witt) arrives at the home of his wife Jessica (Melanie Nicholls-King) after serving several years in jail for drug dealing. He's there to reconcile with Jessica, who is now a police officer, and with the ten-year-old son, Johnny (Ashley Brown), whom he didn't help raise. Impeding his progress is General's brother Reece (Clark Johnson), who covets his brother's wife and still works for the neighborhood's racist white drug lord Yankee (Stephen Shellen) -- who in turn wants General back in charge of the drug trade. Meanwhile, the young boxer Jordan (Richard Chevolleau) reluctantly accompanies his fellow athletes on a testosterone-fueled gay-bashing spree, even though he is beginning to believe that he may be homosexual. As all of this is happening, the heart-broken window dresser Maxine (Rachel Crawford) faces the dissolution of her relationship with her boyfriend after she has an abortion.

Genie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Genie Awards Best Screenplay Clement Virgo Nominated
1996 Genie Awards Best Original Score Aaron Davis Nominated
1996 Genie Awards Best Picture Nominated
1996 Genie Awards Best Original Score John Lang Nominated
1996 Genie Awards Best Editing Susan Maggi Nominated
1996 Genie Awards Best Supporting Actor Clark Johnson Nominated
1996 Genie Awards Best Cinematography Barry Stone Nominated
1996 Genie Awards Best Director Clement Virgo Nominated

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