• If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

If Beale Street Could Talk

Release Date: December 14th, 2018

DVD Release Date: March 26th, 2019

R |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

In early 1970s Harlem, 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. 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.

Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis, Dave Franco

Director: Barry Jenkins

Genres: Romance , Crime drama

Production Co: Plan B Entertainment, Pastel, Annapurna Pictures

Distributors: Annapurna Pictures

Keywords: Fall, Emotional, 1970s, Daughter, Gritty, Prison, Tense, Relationships, Transformation, Love, Mother, Family

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    If the movie’s slow burn seems to build toward a powerful release that doesn’t materialize, the sheer beauty of its craft and the heartfelt feeling behind every scene nonetheless command attention. show more

  • 100
    Inkoo KangSlate

    In the movies, love is cheap. It’s everywhere and nowhere, too often reduced to a formula or a reward. Beale Street knows better. It restores to love, romantic and familial, its sanctity—an ambition that makes it one of the most distinctive love stories in recent memory. show more

  • 80
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    If Beale Street isn’t quite as seamless as the Oscar-winning Moonlight, this adaptation of the James Baldwin novel still proves to be a stirring, absorbing experience that articulates something ineffable about everyday life. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Similar Movies


A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps rais...

Stream OnlineWatch Trailer
Medicine for Melancholy
Medicine for Melancholy

Micah (Wyatt Cenac), a passionate social activist, meets affluent professional Joanne (Tracey Heggins) at a party. After getting drunk together, they have a one-night stand. The morning after begins u...

Stream OnlineWatch Trailer

Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagu...

Stream OnlineWatch Trailer


Nominated Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)