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My Brother's Wedding (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama | March 1985 (USA)
A man who has struggled personally has conflicts with his upwardly mobile lawyer brother and well to-do fiance and is reluctantly to be the best man at their wedding.

Director:

Charles Burnett

Writer:

Charles Burnett
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Cast

Credited cast:
Everett Silas Everett Silas ... Pierce Mundy (as Everette Silas)
Jessie Holmes Jessie Holmes ... Mrs. Mundy
Gaye Shannon-Burnett Gaye Shannon-Burnett ... Sonia Dubois
Ronnie Bell Ronnie Bell ... Soldier Richards (as Ronald E. Bell)
Dennis Kemper Dennis Kemper ... Mr. Mundy
Sally Easter Sally Easter ... Mrs. Richards
Angela Burnett ... Angela
Monte Easter Monte Easter ... Wendell
Frances E. Nealy Frances E. Nealy ... Mrs. Dubois (as Frances Nealy)
Sy Richardson ... Mr. Dubois
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terrence Allen Terrence Allen ... Terrence
Charles Anderson Charles Anderson ... James
Dione Bacon Dione Bacon ... Boy #1
James Bacon James Bacon ... Boy #2
Roman Bate Roman Bate ... Man on floor
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I wanted to like this film, but . . .
16 February 2015 | by Red-125See all my reviews

My Brother's Wedding (1983) was written and directed by Charles Burnett. I wanted and expected to enjoy this film, but I didn't.

There's an interesting backstory to the production. The movie was financed by a German TV corporation, which demanded a product by the agreed-upon deadline. Director Burnett gave them a long, rough cut version, that was widely praised in Germany. What we are seeing now is billed as a 78-minute director's cut, released by Milestone. Sounds interesting. Unfortunately, the resulting movie didn't work for me.

The talented Everett Silas plays Pierce Mundy, a young man who lives and works in South Central Los Angeles. Pierce is a good guy--well liked in the neighborhood, not involved in crime or drugs, and willing to care for his elderly relatives. If anything, he's too nice a guy, because he's loyal to his friend Soldier. Soldier has just been released from prison, and he's looking for trouble. (Or, at least, trouble finds him. Some of the plot involving Soldier appears to have been lost in the editing process.)

Probably for economic reasons, Director Burnett cast non-actors in all the other roles. That's a risky gamble. Some directors can pull amazing performances from amateurs, but Burnett could not. Most of the acting is at the level of a high school's senior class play. The people look right, but when they speak it doesn't sound at all natural. (Yes--that's a paradox. You have to be a trained actor to sound like someone who isn't a trained actor. Paradox or not, there it is.)

I respect the fact that other reviewers enjoyed this film. I was prepared to enjoy it too, but, even at 78 minutes, it dragged on and on for me. There weren't that many African-American directors working on serious films in the 1980's. So, for historical reasons, you may consider this film worth seeking out. However, I didn't enjoy it, and, as much as I would like to, I can't recommend it.

Incidentally, we saw this movie at the excellent Dryden Theatre of Eastman House in Rochester, NY. One of the other reviewers said it's available on DVD, but Dryden showed a Blu-Ray version. In any case, the film will work well on the small screen.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1985 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,294, 16 September 2007

Gross USA:

$8,217

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,177
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2007 director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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