Strange Fruit

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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 unpunished. In the bayou, bigotry festers deep though, and as Boyals is forced to come face the very kind of narrow-minded hatred he so desperately tried to escape once before, a deadly alliance of backwoods lawmen and violently anti-homosexual locals threatens the highly-respected lawyer with the same bleak end that befell his ill-fated friend.

Cast

Kent Faulcon
as William Boyals
Sam Jones III
as Sheriff Carl Jensey
Berlinda Tolbert
as Emma Ayers
David Raibon
as Duane Ayers
Shane Woodson
as Jordan Walker
Ed Brigadier
as Arnold West
Ron Allen
as Kelvin Ayers
Cornell D. Thomas
as Henchman No. 1
Wilbert Louis
as Preacher
Jared Day
as Deputy Conover
Jon Finck
as Deputy Brent Adams
Ron Bottitta
as Deputy Curtis Butler
Christopher May
as Deputy Matthew Mathers
Cecille M. Johnson
as Martha Boyals
Chico
as Skip
Leon Morenzie
as Walter Durant
Armand Ledet
as Henchman No. 2
Tommy Cole
as Diesel
Tory Andrus
as Andry Patron
Ted Duhon
as Deputy Guidry
Agnes DeRouen
as Reporter
Keith B. Verret
as TV News Camera Guy
D.L. Corrigan
as Deputy Blaine
Reginald Evans Jr.
as Trick in Car
Randy Tobin
as Detective No. 1
Richard Hitchcock
as Detective No. 2
Theodore Collier
as Hospital Janitor
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Critic Reviews for Strange Fruit

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  • Good, if unremarkable.

    Feb 24, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.'

    Jan 8, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a film well worth seeing, talking and singing heads and all.

    Dec 19, 2002 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

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  • Polished, well-structured film.

    Nov 6, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • An absorbing documentary.

    Nov 6, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    Nov 5, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Strange Fruit

  • May 21, 2013
    The only mystery in this film is how it made it past the story boards.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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