A family living in a Baltimore ghetto struggle for normalcy in a place surrounded by illicit drugs and behaviour.
Genre: Feature Film Urban Drama
Release Date: 22-JUL-2003
Media Type: DVD
The bleak reality of drug addiction is captured with unflinching authenticity in The Corner, an excellent, reality-based HBO miniseries. Having lived on the streets of West Baltimore, Maryland, where this compelling drama takes place, actor-director Charles S. Dutton knows the territory, physically, socially, and emotionally, and his compassionate approach is vital to the series' success. Dutton cares for his characters deeply enough to give them a realistic shred of hope, even when hope is consistently dashed by the ravages of addiction. This is, at its root, a family tragedy, focusing on errant father Gary (T.K. Carter, in a heartbreaking performance) a once-successful investor trapped in a tailspin of heroin dependency. His estranged wife Fran (Khandi Alexander) was the first to get hooked, and she's struggling to get clean, while their 15-year-old son DeAndre (Sean Nelson, from the indie hit Fresh) deals drugs, temporarily avoiding their deadly allure while facing the challenge of premature fatherhood.
Through revealing flashbacks and numerous local characters, we see the explicit fallout of addiction, and while violence occasionally erupts, its constant threat is secondary to Dutton's dramatic vision, which remains steadfastly alert to the humanity and neglected potential of these lost and searching souls. The Corner is, essentially, the civilian flipside of HBO's equally laudable series The Wire, which approaches a similar neighborhood from a police-squad perspective. Performances are uniformly superb, details are uncannily perfect, and for all of its human horror, The Corner is riveting, not depressing. A closing interview with the characters' real-life counterparts bears witness to the fact that these lives--with inevitable exceptions--need not be lost forever. --Jeff Shannon
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 6.4 Ounces
- Media Format : Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
- Run time : 6 hours
- Release date : July 22, 2003
- Actors : T.K. Carter, Khandi Alexander, Sean Nelson, Clarke Peters, Glenn Plummer
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified
- Studio : Hbo Home Video
- ASIN : B00009ATJZ
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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As to the story itself, let's be honest: this is Season Zero of The Wire. That's not a bad thing at all. It's like a prequel which could be watched before or after the series. It establishes "Addiction" as a theme just as strong as "Elections" or "Education" in The Wire.
It's great to see many familiar faces on screen, too, most of which in very different roles from The Wire.
I enjoyed how The Corner uses flashbacks. Never overwhelming, and cut seamlessly into the main scenes, much like memories pop into our heads in real life.
Even though this miniseries is 20 years old, it doesn't seem dated to me. The absence of cell phones, the tube televisions--it barely made The Corner a period piece at all. I guess you could say it's timeless.
The only reason this isn't a five star review is because I wasn't interested in the opening and closing mockumentary style interviews with the characters. They didn't add anything we didn't know and could have been cut for the most part.
When "The Corner" debuted a few years ago, it came around with little fan fair, so much so, I only discovered it by channel surfing one day (A real crime, if you asked me). But once I started watching, I could not stop. As the series came to an end, I eagerly awaited for all the awards shows to herald this monumental piece of work. There is no doubt that Charles S. Dutton deserved his Emmy. T.K. Carter and Khandi Alexander should have been received theirs too. The whole cast was on point. They all deserved praise. And Toy Connor (played DeAndre's girlfriend), well, all I can say is you blew me away...
Since BET is now carrying the series, my interest in the series has been sparked. So instead of watching it with commercial interuptions and blotted out scenes, I decided to purchase the DVD and share it with my teenage son.
Every now and then a movie/series comes along that rocks your very foundation with it's truth, validity and raw beauty. Well "The Corner" is one of those. It has spawned one of the best acclaimed series on HBO "The Wire" (another of my favorites). Bravo Mr. Dutton, Ms. ALexander and Mr. Carter. Bravo...
The creators of this mini series did an excellent job of showing the many sides surounding addiction. Primarilly they showed the addicts not as some no good for nothing scum that doesn't deseve a second look, but as real people living through daily situations like we all do, but with the proverbial "Monkey On Their Back" besides. The many layers of this mini series really makes this a work of art, and very entertaining to boot.
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Anyhoo, told my partner aboutit - no - I raved on and on about it till he finally found and bought it for me...we watched all 5 discs in one sitting - he loved it so much he said " I think I'll keep that one - I'll get another one for you babe".....er, still waiting!!! but still, I have his copy to watch any time.
A truly riveting watch - should be owned by every one that has kids - and those that dont too - should be shown in all secondary schools!!!!!
fall into problems. Sad, disturbing, and uplifting all at the same time. Highly recommend it.
This mini-series doesn't waste a shot or a single line of dialogue. Each character has a role and when a character dies, part of you dies as well.
You'll start watching this thinking that you'll do an episode a day and be done in 6 days. You'll end up finishing in 4, and you'll be thinking about what you've seen for weeks afterward.