Lift

Overview

Starring Kerry Washington, the crime drama Lift comes to DVD from Showtime Entertainment with a standard full-frame transfer. Audio is offered in English Dolby Digital Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital Mono. English closed captions are available. Special features include filmographies, "Scenes from a Lab" from the Sundance Film Festival, and the music video for "Catch 22" by Goapele.
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Overview

Starring Kerry Washington, the crime drama Lift comes to DVD from Showtime Entertainment with a standard full-frame transfer. Audio is offered in English Dolby Digital Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital Mono. English closed captions are available. Special features include filmographies, "Scenes from a Lab" from the Sundance Film Festival, and the music video for "Catch 22" by Goapele.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Scenes from a Lab" from the Sundance Film Festival; Music video "Catch 22" by Goapele; Filmographies
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Lift is a compelling crime drama and a frequently moving tale of an intelligent young woman's struggle with career choices and family relationships. It's also a treatise on rampant consumerism and its influence on black culture. While screenwriter DeMane Davis and his co-director Khari Streeter occasionally lapse into predictable melodrama, their film is slickly produced and smartly written enough to overcome its flaws. Its chief asset is the strong cast, particularly the lead performance by the remarkable Kerry Washington (also a standout in Our Song and Save the Last Dance). Washington delivers a sharp, believable performance as Niecy, who exudes sophistication and class when she's ripping off high-end retail stores, but can't get a handle on her messy personal life. Eugene Byrd is also good as Angelo, Niecy's caring but immature boyfriend. At first, he seems like an irredeemable, irresponsible pothead, but as the film progresses, it becomes clear that his feelings for Niecy are genuine, as is his determination to clean up his act. But immaturity and jealousy too frequently get the better of him. Lonette McKee plays Niecy's brittle mother, and this is the central relationship in the film. Niecy seemingly steals primarily to provide her mother with expensive gifts, and when she recognizes the imbalance in their relationship, she finally considers changing her life. The film's boosting scenes are expertly shot and exciting, though the ironic use of classical background music is a bit much. Davis and Streeter also have a good ear for true-to-life dialogue. Lift is a solid, well-made drama. For the most part, the filmmakers and cast handle the complex material with thoughtfulness and skill. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Urbanworld Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • UPC: 758445107920
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Showtime Ent.
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Mono
  • Sound: monaural, Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,400

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kerry Washington Niecy
Lonette McKee Elaine
Eugene Byrd Angelo
Barbara Montgomery France
Samantha Brown Camille
Sticky Fingaz
Todd Williams Christian
Annette Miller Miss Kearns
Technical Credits
DeMane Davis Director, Screenwriter
Khari Streeter Director
Peter Barstis Editor
Ed Gerrard Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Hankey Producer
John Hart Producer
Hopkins-Smith-Barden Casting
Sue Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Cathy Konrad Executive Producer
Michael Lerman Asst. Director
James Mangold Executive Producer
Lee Percy Editor
David Phillips Cinematographer
Jacki Roach Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Sharp Producer
Ryan Shore Score Composer
Jonathan Starch Co-producer
Karen Weber Set Decoration/Design
Cassandra Wilson Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [4:26]
2. Niecy on the Job [3:38]
3. Lunch With Mother [4:39]
4. Christian [1:17]
5. Angelo [6:13]
6. The Necklace [4:10]
7. Lifting [3:05]
8. Checking Security [2:10]
9. The Deal [7:07]
10. Grandma's Birthday [3:17]
11. Detective Pierce [2:57]
12. Grandma Knows [3:05]
13. Angelo Cleans Up His Act [5:23]
14. The Job [3:01]
15. Apology & Retribution [4:41]
16. You're A Thief, Sweetheart [6:11]
17. Your Life's Been Easy [4:58]
18. The Pink Suit [4:03]
19. Saying Goodbye [3:11]
20. Reconcilliation/End Titles [8:23]
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      Languages
         English
         Spanish
      Commentary Track
      Music Video
      Scenes from the Lab
      Filmographies
         Kerry Washington
         Eugene Byrd
         Lonette McKee
         Sticky Fingaz
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