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1982 at the Philadelphia Film Festival

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Note: There is another screening of this film on Saturday night with filmmaker TOMMY OLIVER and star HILL HARPER in attendance.  I urge folks to support that screening.  I have a prior committment so I will be at Sunday night's screening.

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Tommy Oliver 2013

Categories: Greater Filmadelphia 

A mother’s drug addiction threatens to tear a family apart in this searing Philadelphia-based drama during the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic.

Tim (Hill Harper) is the owner of a small laundromat and father to a precocious young daughter (Troi Zee). His wife, a former drug addict, relapses when a new drug the streets and proves to much for her to resist. Fighting to keep his family together while shielding his daughter from this awful reality, Tim confronts Alonzo (Wayne Brady), the local pusher, recently back from prison, to save his family. His desperation, fury, and determination lead to dangerous consequences for his family. Hill Harper, known for his TV roles in Covert Affairs and CSI: NY, delivers a soulful breakthrough performance as a family man determined to do good. The lived-in feel of this acute and sensitive drama comes from director Tommy Oliver. In his debut feature, inspired by his childhood growing up in the West Oak Lane neighborhood, Oliver brings into focus the pain of loving an addict and the hardships of finding help. This portrait of the beginning of the crack epidemic shines a light on the devastation it wrought on families and their communities.

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  • Stacey

    I attended the Saturday screening with my niece. It was a very good movie. I look forward to seeing more from Tommy Oliver.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody grabbing dinner nearby?

    October 26, 2013

    • Mike D.

      I'm coming from another screening right before

      October 27, 2013

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