• 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: Crime drama , Romance

Production Co: Plan B Entertainment, Pastel, Annapurna Pictures

Distributors: Annapurna Pictures

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

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

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    We’re watching a period piece that feels beautifully and painfully present: beautifully because love stories are timeless, painfully because the spectacle of racial injustice feels up to date. 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

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