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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
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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Though it is true that this is not for everyone, those who can deal with the harshest realities of life will be blown away by the gritty "in your face" approach of this Mini-Series. You will find yourself hoping with all your heart that Gary or Fran will "straighten up" and get it together, only to realize that they are not pillars of strength and are sometimes doomed to fail, even before they start. The most disappointing thing about the series is that it ends. As you progress through the episodes you will gradually begin to dread the inevitable end, and it will leave you hungry for more.
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This DVD moved me. I loved The Wire but The Corner is more authentic and focused. It showed drug addiction for the ugly monster that it is.Published 18 months ago by Richard
Supposedly an equal to the Wire, it falls well short. I found it rather boring and very slow to get into gear. Read morePublished on June 19 2013 by horror lover
This miniseries is just excellent. Great acting, very realistic, you really care for the characters, because they are real. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2013 by styrofoampeanut
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2013 by deb
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. Read more
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Zsakosha Redick