Night Catches Us
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Rated R for violence, profanity and some sexuality.
Running time: 88 Minutes
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
DVD Extras: Deleted and alternate scenes (including an alternate opening and ending), behind the scenes footage, photo gallery, interviews with Bobby Seale and other Black Panthers, and "HDNet: A Look at Night Catches Us."
Night Catches Us
DVD Review by Kam Williams
Excellent (3.5 stars)
Anyone familiar with the history of the Black Panther Party knows that it self-destructed during the Seventies after the FBI strategically created dissension in its ranks via a combination of infiltration, disinformation and assassinations. In fact, by the time of the informant-riddled organization's collapse, its members were so mistrustful of each other that its leaders were reduced to accusing each other of being government agents.
The only sympathetic shoulder Marcus finds to lean on is that of Patricia
(Kerry Washington), an old flame who has become an activist attorney since
they were last an item. But rekindling passion nonetheless proves easier
said than done.
For, first of all, Patty is currently dating a bourgie Oreo who's been pressuring her to move out of the ghetto and to forget about her revolutionary, leftist leanings. Secondly, she has a nine year-old daughter, Iris (Jamara Griffin), who's growing increasingly curious about how her late daddy died. The little girl has no idea that the new man in her mom's life might be the stool pigeon responsible for her father's apprehension and mysterious demise.
Written and directed by newcomer Tanya Hamilton, Night Catches Us is an
unabashedly nostalgic Black Power Movement saga of Shakespearean proportions
touching on a litany of classical themes ranging from love and betrayal to
honor and loyalty to disgrace and redemption. The film features an original
soundtrack by The Roots, and marks a most auspicious debut by Ms. Hamilton
who deftly spins a palpably-authentic tale in impressive fashion.
A Prodigal Panther pays the price to make peace with a turbulent past.