Gun Hill Road

Rated R 86 minutes 2011

A homophobic ex-convict (Esai Morales) returns to the Bronx to find that he no longer fits into his family; his unfaithful wife (Judy Reyes) resents his three-year absence and dislikes the way he badgers their effeminate teenage son (actress Harmony Santana), who's secretly preparing for a sex-change operation. Santana, making her screen debut, outshines her veteran costars, infusing the son with tenderness, vulnerability, and urgency; she gives the coming-out narrative a freshness that's notably absent from Morales's ponderous soul-baring. Writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green shows a nice feel for the streets but not enough skill to make the father's tragic fate seem like anything but a foregone conclusion.

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Official Site: www.gunhillroad.com

Director: Rashaad Green

Producer: Ron Simons and Michelle-Anne Small

Cast: Esai Morales, Judy Reyes, Harmony Santana, Miriam Colón, Vincent Laresca, Franky G., Isiah Whitlock Jr., Vanessa Aspillaga and Robert Prescott

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