Harlem Aria (1999)



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Movie Info

An aspiring opera singer from Harlem teams up with a charismatic busker and a kindhearted hustler to share his voice with the world, and teaches his two newfound friends the importance of taking your destiny into your own hands. Anton (Gabriel Casseus) lives in Harlem with his aunt. He dreams of moving to Italy and becoming a famous opera singer, and though he's been blessed with a magnificent singing voice, his passion has made him an outsider in his neighborhood. Running away from home, Anton … More

Rating: R (for strong crude language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: William Jennings
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 6, 2010
Magnolia Pictures


as Fabiano Grazzi

as Luke

as Auntie

as Sergeant Scanlon
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Critic Reviews for Harlem Aria

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Missing no stops on the road from cloying to annoying, Harlem Aria has waited more than 10 years for domestic release. Maybe its destiny has been written.

Full Review… | March 5, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Harlem Aria has been gathering dust since it screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 1999. Why it is now getting a release is something Congress should look into.

Full Review… | March 5, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Despite pro handling on both sides of he camera, the storytelling and filmmaking ring false, especially, in the characterizations.

Full Review… | March 3, 2010
Top Critic

Racial tensions and bawdy humor carry the day, until, following an unfunny set piece at a fancy hotel and a street robbery, black and white (far too) easily come together to help their young charge.

Full Review… | March 2, 2010
Village Voice
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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

100 minutes of Hell that had me reaching for my meds.

April 6, 2010

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