Disappearing Acts

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In this drama based on the novel by Terry McMillan, Zora (Sanaa Lathan) is a woman who dreams of becoming a singing star, meanwhile supporting herself as a schoolteacher. Franklin (Wesley Snipes), a father of two whose divorce is about to become final, has lost his job as a construction worker and is trying to scrape up the money to launch his own business. Neither is looking for a relationship, but when Zora moves into Franklin's neighborhood, they find they're attracted to each other and must deal with the ups ...
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In this drama based on the novel by Terry McMillan, Zora (Sanaa Lathan) is a woman who dreams of becoming a singing star, meanwhile supporting herself as a schoolteacher. Franklin (Wesley Snipes), a father of two whose divorce is about to become final, has lost his job as a construction worker and is trying to scrape up the money to launch his own business. Neither is looking for a relationship, but when Zora moves into Franklin's neighborhood, they find they're attracted to each other and must deal with the ups and downs of being in love. Produced for the premium cable network HBO, Disappearing Acts also stars John Amos and CCH Pounder; Lisa Jones wrote the screenplay from McMillan's novel.
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All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Bolstered by a knockout performance from the perennially underutilized Wesley Snipes, director Gina Prince-Bythwood's adaptation of the popular Terry McMillan novel avoids "you go, girl" clichés to fashion a richer, more serious look at modern urban romance. If anything, Disappearing Acts is a sort of anti-romantic comedy: Price-Bythwood finds a dark undercurrent of regret and desperation in the material, perfectly complemented by the pensive, cautious performances of her two leads. In what could have been another lecherous-boyfriend role, Snipes gives a riveting, sensuous, and utterly convincing turn as the brutish, non-communicative construction worker whose modest ambitions are consistently undermined by his low self-image. In the cushier role of the educated, upwardly mobile striver, Sanaa Lathan finds ways to suggest romantic emptiness and longing without implying that it's impossible for a young woman to achieve both a successful career and a satisfying love life. Even within the confines of made-for-cable cinema, Prince-Bythwood's work is loose and visually assured; she gives the script's conflicts room to breathe -- or fester, as the case may be -- and Snipes and Lahan respond, imbuing every sigh and pregnant pause with added weight and nuance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2002
  • UPC: 026359177736
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wesley Snipes Franklin Swift
Sanaa Lathan Zora Banks
Lisa Anderson Claudette
Regina Hall Portia
Clark Johnson Jimmy
John Amos Mr. Swift
CCH Pounder Mrs. Swift
Aunjanue Ellis Pam
John Beasley Mr. Banks
Technical Credits
Gina Prince-Bythewood Director
Françoise Bonnot Editor
Sandra Hernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Kalina Ivanov Production Designer
Lisa Jones Screenwriter
Terry McMillan Executive Producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher Producer
Tami Reiker Cinematographer
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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    Sweet Movie

    Sweet movie. Wesley Snipes is one of my favorite male actors. From the movie, I find that is so much easier to be up front with each other. I would have preferred being friends first, but life is choice.

    I read the book before the movie was out. The book is excellent and goes into much more detail.

    A very sweet love story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie in a long Time

    I think anyone that has or has had a relationship can sympathize with this film. The scenes and the plot was so realistic and wonderfully played by these 2 actors. Sanna Lathan is becoming one of my favorite actresses. She's talented and beautiful. Only a movie this good can make a girl stay up until 3 in the morning crying and laughing alone. I loved it and i would watch it 100x

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding interpertation of ups and downs of true love

    I believe this is the BEST Africian American movie put to screen. The actors, the movie, the message (outstanding). Words can not express the depth of graitude in knowing there are performers willing to interpret positive messages in the black community about striving to have something good in life as well as love, this movie has convince me that I can have it all. And thank-you Sanaa for truly representing a size 14 woman in the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Splendid film

    Recorded this off satellite casually at 2am and was blown away by the depth of direction and acting. First class characterisation. First class story line and a sensible black film as well by the way. SANAA LATHAN I love you! even though I prefer you with the extra 20lbs you have in the film. I will see all of her films now. Wesley Snipes does well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Realistic, Recap of a Relationship

    Disapearing acts is a romantic yet realistic drama. Entertaining your every thought of any and every relationship you've ever taken part in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    This was a great movie! Gina Prince Blythwood amaized me again. Sanaa Lathan and Wesley Snipes take you deep into the souls of the characters they so greatly portrayed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!!!!

    This movie was spectacular and the author couldn't have picked a better title. reality check for most people today!!!!

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