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Corner, the

T.K. Carter , Khandi Alexander    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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

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THE CORNER presents the world of Fayette Street using real names and real events. The miniseries tells the true story of men, women and children living amid the open-air drug markets of West Baltimore. It chronicles a year in the lives of 15-year-old DeAndre McCullogh, his mother Fran Boyd, and his father Gary McCullogh, as well as other addicts and low-level drug dealers caught up in the twin-engine economy of heroin and cocaine. HBO(R) original Miniseries 6 one-hour episodes 1. Gary's Blues 2. DeAndre's Blues 3. Fran's Blues 4. Dope Fiend Blues 5. Corner Boy Blues 6. Everyman's Blues

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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and Heartbreaking Feb. 25 2004
Every time this series runs on HBO Signature, I can't help but be drawn in. It's one of those things you can watch over and over, wanting to look away from the graphic depiction of heroin use, but unable to tear yourself away. What Dutton and the producers/screenwriters have done is to bring a human face to addiction, something that is rarely seen. The central character of Gary is at the same time sweet, tragic, and hopeless. He is an intelligent, vibrant man, once so successful but now numbed by his addiction. What is even all the more heartbreaking is that these are/were real people, not just a fictional concept. It also goes to show the viewer that no one is completely safe from addiction; if someone like Gary can come so close to success only to have it all fall away, anyone can walk down that same road. I also HIGHLY recommend the book this miniseries was based on, although it is very lengthy. What is ironic is that I grew up in an affluent suburb only an hour away from where The Corner took place, and until I read the book and saw the miniseries, I had no idea that places this stark and brutal actually existed. No matter what walk of life you come from, you can appreciate and be affected by this story. All you have to be is human.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Over-hyped June 19 2013
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Supposedly an equal to the Wire, it falls well short. I found it rather boring and very slow to get into gear. Some of the characters went on to better things as cast members of the Wire, but I just found The Corner to be extremely over-hyped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent depiction of life on the corner Feb. 2 2013
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This miniseries is just excellent. Great acting, very realistic, you really care for the characters, because they are real. The people that they based them on are introduced in the last episode. It is a real eye opener, even good people can
fall into problems. Sad, disturbing, and uplifting all at the same time. Highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener Jan. 3 2013
By deb
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A look into the lives of the people who live on the "Corner". An eye opener - you can't help but root for these people - even the ones who are pretty far gone. Even with the coarse language all teens at risk should have to watch it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! March 24 2012
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A hard-hitting, well acted, warts and all view of life on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real life events March 16 2004
By Dre
I really enjoyed watching the show because is brought how the truth about American cities. Growing up me Moter was a victim to a crack addiction. She died when I was 10. My family sent me to live with my Father who dealed crack (was the one that got my Mother hooked) until he was later guned down in Newport News, VA behind a drud deal gone bad. After being sent to live with my brother. When I was 17 he was shot to death in a drive by. This made me want to do good with my life and this series really touched me. To everyone that was behind this movie, Big up. Mabe a show should spin out of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No words Could Express Feb. 10 2004
This was the most intriguing, mind-boggling, and soul reaching show I've ever watched. I truly appreciate the people, who showcased it, and even more the ones who it was based upon. Thank-you, because that was as close to the corner, that I would ever get. Once again, I thank you all so much, because, personally, I never knew it was that hard for addicts. This is most definitely worthy of an Oscar. It would also, make good for more than a six episode t.v. series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lived it Dec 29 2003
Igrew up in Baltimore City and still live in Baltimore County! I have a brother who has gotten lost in this world..I could not believe the things how real they are. I also worked in the Hotel where most of the cast was staying including Charles Dutton.. What a great job
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