If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 American romantic drama film directed by Barry Jenkins.

Official trailers

Annapurna Pictures on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 released the trailer:

Story intro

While the film is presented in a non-linear structure, this plot summary is written in a linear fashion. Clementine "Tish" Rivers and Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt have been friends their whole lives, and begin a romantic relationship when they are older. It is the early 1970s, and they struggle to find a place to live as most New York City landlords refuse to rent apartments to black people. They eventually find a place in a warehouse in the process of being converted to loft apartments; Levy, the Jewish landlord, agrees to rent it to them at a reasonable rate because he enjoys seeing couples who are in love, regardless of their race. That night, Tish is harassed by a man while shopping at a mostly white grocery store. When he begins to assault her, Fonny physically throws the man out of the store. A white policeman nearby, Officer Bell, witnesses the incident and attempts to arrest Fonny, but reluctantly lets him go when the white woman who runs the grocery store vouches for them and calls Bell out for his racism. Fonny is later arrested and accused of raping a woman named Victoria Rogers. Although it would have been nearly impossible for him to have traveled from the scene of the crime to the apartment where he was arrested in the amount of time between the rape and the arrest, the case against Fonny is considered strong due to Officer Bell's testimony, in which he claims to have seen Fonny fleeing the scene, and Victoria having identified Fonny in a lineup as her rapist. Tish, as well as Fonny's friend Daniel Carty, were with him at the time of the rape, but his alibi is not considered reliable due to Tish's romantic relationship with Fonny and Daniel's previous conviction for grand theft auto (the result of a plea bargain after being arrested for marijuana possession).


KiKi Layne
Clementine "Tish" Rivers, Ernestine's sister and Sharon and Joseph's daughter
Milanni Mines
Young Tish
Stephan James
Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt, Alice and Frank's son, Adrienne and Sheila's brother and one of Pedrocito and Daniel's friends
Ethan Barrett
Young Fonny
Regina King
Sharon Rivers, Ernestine and Tish's mother and Joseph's wife
Teyonah Parris
Ernestine Rivers, Tish's sister and Sharon and Joseph's daughter
Colman Domingo
Joseph Rivers, Ernestine and Tish's father and Sharon's husband
Brian Tyree Henry
Daniel Carty, one of Pedrocito and Fonny's friends and recent parolee
Ed Skrein
Officer Bell, a police officer
Emily Rios
Victoria Rogers
Michael Beach
Frank Hunt, Adrienne, Sheila and Fonny's father and Alice's husband
Aunjanue Ellis
Alice Hunt, Adrienne, Sheila and Fonny's mother and Frank's wife
Ebony Obsidian
Adrienne Hunt, Sheila and Fonny's sister and Frank and Alice's daughter
Dominique Thorne
Sheila Hunt, Adrienne and Fonny's sister and Frank and Alice's daughter
Finn Wittrock
Hayward, Fonny's lawyer
Diego Luna
Pedrocito, a waiter and one of Daniel and Fonny's friends
Pedro Pascal
Pietro Alvarez
Dave Franco
Levy, a landlord


The film If Beale Street Could Talk was scheduled to be released on September 9, 2018 (TIFF), on November 30, 2018 (United States), on December 14, 2018 (United States), on February 8, 2019 (United Kingdom) and on March 7, 2019 (Germany) by Mirror Releasing, Annapurna Pictures, Stage 6 Films, Sony Pictures Releasing International, Angel Films, JL Vision Film, Selmer Media, Big Picture 2 Films, DCM Distribution, Entertainment One Films, Feelgood Entertainment, Longride, Mars Distribution, United International Pictures (UIP) and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The duration of the film is 117 minutes. With a budget of $12 million, the film grossed over $20.6 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


If Beale Street Could Talk got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

Official website: bealestreet.movie

Wikipedia: If Beale Street Could Talk (film)

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