Strange Fruit (2004)

Strange Fruit



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Movie Info

A successful, homosexual African American lawyer working in New York returns to the rural Louisiana town in which he was raised to investigate the lynching death of his childhood friend, only to discover that the virulent racism and homophobia still holds power over the small-town citizens in director Kyle Schickner's searing, socially conscious drama. William Boyals childhood friend Kelvin has been brutally murdered, and as a successful attorney Boyals is not willing to let the killers go … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Kyle Schickner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 19, 2006
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as William Boyals

as Sheriff Carl Jensey

as Emma Ayers

as Duane Ayers

as Jordan Walker

as Arnold West

as Kelvin Ayers

as Henchman No. 1

as Preacher

as Deputy Conover

as Deputy Brent Adams

as Deputy Curtis Butler

as Deputy Matthew Mathe...

as Martha Boyals

as Skip

as Walter Durant

as Henchman No. 2

as Diesel

as Andry Patron

as Deputy Guidry

as Reporter

as TV News Camera Guy

as Deputy Blaine

as Trick in Car

as Detective No. 1

as Detective No. 2

as Hospital Janitor
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Critic Reviews for Strange Fruit

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

Good, if unremarkable.

Full Review… | February 24, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

In his excellent documentary, also called Strange Fruit, filmmaker Joel Katz takes a fascinating look at the origins and impact of a ballad that's been called 'one of ten songs that changed the world.'

Full Review… | January 8, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

This is a film well worth seeing, talking and singing heads and all.

Full Review… | December 19, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

Polished, well-structured film.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

An absorbing documentary.

November 6, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Mining the song's associative richness, Katz's film works as jazz genealogy, Meerpol bio, Jewish-leftist puzzle piece, performance homage, and exegetic history of lynching.

Full Review… | November 5, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Strange Fruit

The only mystery in this film is how it made it past the story boards.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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