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To Sleep With Anger (1990)



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African-American drifter Danny Glover shows up at the LA doorstep of his old pal Paul Butler. In the spirit of auld lang syne, Butler takes Glover in, though his wife (Mary Alice) is not happy with this intrusion. She already has enough on her hands contending with her grown live-in son Richard Brooks and his real-estate agent wife Sheryl Lee Ralph. Glover ingratiates himself by reminding family of their Southern roots; less positively, he drinks a great deal, brings suspicious-looking cronies into the household. When Butler suffers a stroke, Glover assumes charge of the house--whereupon his charm evaporates and disaster follows. But Glover isn't really the villain of To Sleep With Anger: everyone in the film is depicted in all-too-human shades of gray. This effort by African American writer/ director Charles Burnett was the first of his films to attract widespread critical notice, almost 13 years after he created the seminal Killer of Sheep.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Burnett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 1991
Sony Video Software


Danny Glover
as Harry, Harry Mention
Richard Brooks (VI)
as Babe Brother
Paula Bellamy
as Mrs. Baker
DeForest Covan
as Fred Jenkins
Davis Roberts
as Okra Tate
Lorrie Marlow
as Cherry Bell
Mark Phelan
as Paramedic #1
Richard Brooks
as Babe Brother
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Critic Reviews for To Sleep With Anger

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

Burnett and his cast tap depths of mystery, soulfulness, and glee.

Full Review… | April 6, 2015
New Yorker
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Burnett's acute and sensitive direction is free of hackneyed movie conventions; even something as simple as a hello is said differently from the way you've heard it in any other movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for To Sleep With Anger

Didn't do it for me. I don't blame Glover who has been marvellous in other films. It's hard to blame Burnett either after the wonderful work that he did with Killer of Sheep. So how does this go off the rails?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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