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Eve's Bayou

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Overview

A young girl learns some difficult lessons about truth, love, and fidelity in this critically-acclaimed Southern gothic drama. Eve Batiste Jurnee Smollett is a ten-year-old girl whose father Louis Samuel L. Jackson is a successful and well-liked doctor in an African-American community in Louisiana. Louis is a good father and an excellent provider, but he also has a way of attracting the ladies, and he's not inclined to turn them away. One night, the Batistes hold a party, and Eve, her older sister Cisely Meagan ...
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Overview

A young girl learns some difficult lessons about truth, love, and fidelity in this critically-acclaimed Southern gothic drama. Eve Batiste Jurnee Smollett is a ten-year-old girl whose father Louis Samuel L. Jackson is a successful and well-liked doctor in an African-American community in Louisiana. Louis is a good father and an excellent provider, but he also has a way of attracting the ladies, and he's not inclined to turn them away. One night, the Batistes hold a party, and Eve, her older sister Cisely Meagan Good, and their mother Roz Lynn Whitfield all notice that Louis is spending a great deal of time dancing with the same woman. Eve later spies her father and the woman in an embrace in the carriage house, though Louis unconvincingly claims that nothing untoward was happening. The evidence of Louis' infidelity takes a toll on the entire family: Cisely, who at age 14 is walking the middle-ground between being a girl and a woman, becomes sullen and confused about her new emotions, Roz takes out her frustrations on her loved ones, and Eve visits Elzora Diahann Carroll, a voodoo priestess, looking for advice and possibly revenge. Meanwhile, Eve's Aunt Mozelle Debbi Morgan, who claims to have psychic powers, arrives to stay with the family after the death of her third husband, though she isn't lonely for long after meeting the eccentric Julien Greyraven Vondie Curtis-Hall. Eve's Bayou was the first project as writer-director for actress Kasi Lemmons; leading man Samuel L. Jackson also co-produced.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's cut ; New production commentary with the the writer/director, producer, and director of photography; New cast commentary by Samuel Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, the director and others!; Kasi Kemmons' short film "Dr. Hugo" - an illumination of "Eve's Bayou" with new commentary; 16x9 Widescreen; English and Spanish subtitles; 5.1 Dolby Digital
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Editorial Reviews

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Actress Kasi Lemmons made an impressive entrée into writing and directing features with Eve's Bayou, a rich portrait of middle-class African-American life in the 1960s South. Lemmons and cinematographer Amy Vincent render Louisiana's bayous with more than a dash of mysticism and ambiguity; telling the story through the eyes of a child adds an aura of uncertainty that only increases the film's dream-like quality. The formidable cast, including Samuel L. Jackson (who also co-produced), is uniformly excellent, detailing a complex world where good people sometimes do bad things. A particular bright spot among the more experienced actors is the precociously poised Jurnee Smollett as the young Eve Batiste; nearly every scene depends on her performance. For those who don't mind deliberate pacing, Eve's Bayou is a deeply atmospheric and beautifully shot movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • UPC: 031398822325
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,394

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jurnee Smollett Eve Batiste
Meagan Good Cisely Batiste
Samuel L. Jackson Louis Batiste
Lynn Whitfield Roz Batiste
Debbi Morgan Mozelle Batiste Delacroix
Jake Smollet Poe Batiste
Ethel Ayler Gran Mere
Diahann Carroll Elzora
Vondie Curtis-Hall Julian Grayraven
Lisa Nicole Carson Matty Mereaux
Roger Guenveur Smith Lenny Mereaux
Technical Credits
Kasi Lemmons Director, Screenwriter
Michael Bennett Executive Producer
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Jaki Brown-Karman Casting
Cevin Cathell Co-producer
Caldecot "Cotty" Chubb Producer
James Alan Hensz Asst. Director
Jeffrey Howard Production Designer
Samuel L. Jackson Producer
Margaret Matheson Executive Producer
Robyn Mitchell Casting
Benjamin Patrick Sound/Sound Designer
Adele Plauche Art Director
Jay Polstein Co-producer
Joanne Schmidt Set Decoration/Design
Terilyn A. Shropshire Editor
Amy Vincent Cinematographer
Karyn Wagner Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Credits
2. Champagne
3. Second Chance
4. Clandestine
5. Sober
6. Laughing
7. Premonition
8. Differences
9. Counseling
10. Eavesdropping
11. House Calls
12. Healer
13. Look to Your Children
14. Black Widow
15. Patients
16. Immature
17. Boredom
18. Maynard and Hosea
19. Bedtime
20. Greyraven
21. I Didn't Get Hit
22. The Storm
23. Celebration
24. Doctor Stuff
25. Zombie
26. An Oath
27. Anger
28. Apples
29. Pineapple Thief [3:10]
30. Pin Cushion
31. The Train
32. Dreams
33. Boundaries
34. The Sight
35. Descendants
36. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Audio
      5.1 Dolby Digital
      Commentary by Kasi Lemmons, Samuel Jackson, Jurnee Smollett, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield, Debbie Morgan, and Vondie Curtis-Hall
      Commentary by Kasi Lemmons, Cotty Chubb, Terilyn A. Shroopshire, and Amy Vincent
   Special Features
      Trailer
      Dr. Hugo
      Dr. Hugo With Commentary by Kasi Lemmons, Cotty Chubb, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Amy Vincent
   Scene Index
   Subtitles
      English
         On
         Off
      Spanish
         On
         Off
   Lions Gate Films
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very Thrilling

    Eves Bayou takes you back in time, Samuel L. Jackson is a doctor in the bayou but he also has a taste for the ladies. During a party his youngest daughter Eve see's him with a women in their carriage house, Daddy however explains it was medical treatment he was giving the women. Eve becomes unsure and begins not to trust her Daddy, her Mother is holding a blind eye to her husbands affairs, his sister has the gift of seeing the future, but has the curse of her husbands all dying, she takes Eve under her wing, Eve slowly with her aunties help begins to trust daddy again until she starts to go on Doctors rounds in the bayou with him, her sister also has a strange relationship with her Daddy. Good story, keeps you wondering and on the edge of your seat. We watch again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2003

    Feel The Heat

    Eve's Bayou is a spectacular movie. The color and scenery is wonderful and the people are elegant and troubled. Even the character's names stir up visions of dark swamp water and sultry heat. The story is told and seen through the eyes of little Eve Batiste played by a wonderful young actress named Jurnee Smollett. Eve takes us deep into her world which is filled with colorful characters and complex personalities.Diahann Carroll is fabulous as the old fortune teller Elzora with her insane laughter. Debbi Morgan as Aunt Mozelle Batiste Delacroix is something to behold. Aunt Mozelle has promised her family that she will not use her ''second sight'' to tell fortunes, but neighbors won't let her keep her promise. They seek her out to find missing husbands anyway. Lynn Whitfied as the manor born wife is beautiful and poised as she tries to keep her family together in spite of her wandering husband (Samuel L. Jackson). Jackson is very sexy in this movie and his character has roving eyes as well as roving hands that don't stop even when he is caught in a compromising position by his youngest daughter, Eve. This starts a set of events that lead to the total destruction of an already deeply troubled family.Although this movie did not make history at the box office my guess is that it will become a cult classic. Years from now this movie will be viewed for what it is, a brilliantly produced film. You can literally feel the Louisiana heat from Eve's Bayou. Vannie(~.~)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    Eve's Bayou

    This movie was incredible! The cinemaphotography was lush and vividly depicted the surrealism of the Bayou. The talented cast created characters were that were believable and if you've ever been to New Orleans, you'll understand just how real the content is to those that live in that area. This has become my new favorite movie.

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