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To Sleep With Anger (1990)



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The life of a middle-class black family in Los Angeles is disrupted by the arrival of an old friend from back South in this layered drama. Initially a charming reminder of their past, the visitor soon comes to seems increasingly sinister as the strained household heads towards an inevitable conflict.
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Danny Glover
as Harry, Harry Mention
Richard Brooks (VI)
as Babe Brother
Paul Butler
as Gideon
Mary Alice
as Suzie
Carl Lumbly
as Junior
Wonderful Smith
as Preacher
Ethel Ayler
as Hattie
Regina King
as Rhonda
Paula Bellamy
as Mrs. Baker
DeForest Covan
as Fred Jenkins
Davis Roberts
as Okra Tate
Julius Harris
as Herman
Lorrie Marlow
as Cherry Bell
Mark Phelan
as Paramedic #1
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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

One of the finest films to explore city versus country, old ways versus new, kin versus kin.

Full Review… | September 7, 2016
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 6, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

Despite uncertain pacing, Burnett's evocation of a thriving cultural milieu that embraces both superstition and mysterious wisdom is almost flawless.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a very entertaining, complex film, a comedy of unusual substance that also manages to keep the audience in suspense as to when the comedy might dissolve into some kind of vicious melodrama.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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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Though it's extremely slow going at times, "To Sleep With Anger" offers a universal look at familial dynamics, articulated from a uniquely black, warmly poetic perspective.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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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Very good movie relaying the dynamics of a family & how each personality contributes to the obvious drama

A slow-burn drama exploring the impact that an unexpected, insidious houseguest has on a family. Danny Glover's devilish performance is wonderful, but to single him out is a disservice to the rest of the cast, all of whom are impressive. I enjoy Mary Alice in pretty much anything, even those godawful Matrix sequels. The writing is beautiful, never overplaying its hand and giving the actors some very well-drawn characters to work with. I wasn't exactly blown away by the film, but I really enjoyed it.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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