Rent To Sleep with Anger (1990)

3.8 of 5 from 73 ratings
1h 38min
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Synopsis:
Charles Burnett, one of America's most highly regarded independent filmmakers, wrote and directed this domestic drama about a black middle-class family living in South Central Los Angeles. However, there are no gangs, no guns, no drugs but instead a lyrical story that draws on folklore and the supernatural. Family tensions are already simmering when Harry (Danny Glover) arrives to visit his old friends. He exudes an easy charm, knows secrets past and present and is soon installed in the heart of the family.
However, as his stay lengthens, so does he begin to cast an ever more malevolent spell, provoking turmoil, setting son against son, reviving past hatreds, and inflicting a mysterious illness. Glover delivers a career-topping performance as the garrulous family fiend, full of hidden menace, effortlessly evoking nostalgia and horror in the same breath. As ever, Burnett provides a wonderful music track featuring gospel, blues and jazz and a cameo from the legendary Jimmy Weatherspoon.
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Directors:
Producers:
Thomas S. Byrnes, Caldecot Chubb, Darin Scott
Writers:
Charles Burnett
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
Drama
Awards:

1990 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize Dramatic

BBFC:
Release Date:
24/05/2004
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director's Biography
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/03/2019
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 'Of Family and Folklore', a new interview program, featuring Burnett, actors Danny Glover and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and associate producer Linda Koulisis
  • 'A Walk with Charles Burnett', a new hour-long conversation between Burnett and filmmaker Robert Townsend that revisits Burnett's films and shooting locations
  • Short video tribute to Burnett produced for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards ceremony in 2017
  • An essay by critic Ashley Clark

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Reviews (1) of To Sleep with Anger

Deservedly Critically Acclaimed - To Sleep with Anger review by CD

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09/06/2020

I had heard of this film as it was showing at the BFI in London last year in a retrospective and was highly rated. It is a truly atmospheric and beautifully acted film with Danny Glover as just one of many superb performances. As an extra bonus, the script is very good as is the music. My only criticism is that the film drags out a bit at the end. There is plenty of menace and growing tension in the film which ends in a key event (I will not spoil things if you have not yet watched the film) - after that there would be a case for a final scene and then the credits to roll. Overall however, highly recommended.

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