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Corner, the

T.K. Carter , Khandi Alexander    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest to goodness Masterpiece! July 31 2003
Seldom do you find a film that makes you feel as close to the characters as this one does. If I could put into words the range of emotion you will feel when viewing this series, you would purchase this set without hesitation.
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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I accidently turned to this miniseries while channel surfing and was immediately hooked on this riveting insight of the effects of drug abuse on not only the addict but the family as well the neighborhood. I watched the miniseries time and time again most recently with my son and nephew they were shocked what a small amount of dope could do to a person and the people who surround them. It provides the viewer with not only what we see or read about in the evening news, but a first hand look of the people involved. You really run the gambit of emotions in viewing this miniseries from despair to pride and then hope. This should be required viewing for schoolage children to show what "alittle dab will do"! Too bad the actors and the series did not receive the accolades that they deserve. Brillant piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and Honest Dec 24 2003
What an honest portrayal of how the corner really is, there is one in every city. It is very sad how America has this war on drugs that will never end. At least I don't see it. I grew up on a corner just like this one in Woodside Projects in Queens. Watching my mother become victim to the corner. Jumping out of cabs,stealing food for us to eat and why????? Because she wasn't aware of help or drug programs. Call this an excuse but really it is not.I truly believe if someone had reached out and touched my moms she would have been alright. That's why now that there are more educated young African-Americans we should give back to our corners. Educate the less fortunate,show them how to do better. If we don't take matters into our own hands "THE CORNERS WILL KEEP ON GROWING"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! It's about time. June 18 2003
Like others reviewing this film I have been waiting a long time for this to be released and to have it come out on dvd is a real treat.This is the best depiction of in the hood drug addiction I have ever seen.It's real and not commercialized like Hollywood urban films are.It's not about gangs and thugs shooting each other up. It's about going against the odds and making the best out of the life that was given to us.I see this as an important document that makes you think and feel what it is like to be bound by addiction in more ways than one.Masterfully directed, there's something here for everyone to relate to.You don't have to be Black,you don't have to live in the hood, being human is enough to understand everything that goes on in this film.Very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my opinion June 2 2003
By A Customer
First of all, I am glad that they are bringing this out finally on dvd , with all of the other stuff hbo does coming out it amazes me that this project took so long to come..being that it won so many awards..after seeing the series I felt that this was the most realistic work of art depicting urban life. Growing up in liberty city fl. and having a brother selling then later becoming hooked on drugs, I really felt connected to the characters and knew what they were going through....this dvd is highly recommedable...and should be shown to anyone who thinks that selling and using drugs is just a fad..
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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 I loved The Wire but The Corner is more authentic and ...
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 2 months ago by Richard
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-hyped
Supposedly an equal to the Wire, it falls well short. I found it rather boring and very slow to get into gear. Read more
Published 16 months ago by horror lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent depiction of life on the corner
This miniseries is just excellent. Great acting, very realistic, you really care for the characters, because they are real. Read more
Published 21 months ago by styrofoampeanut
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
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 more
Published 22 months ago by deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
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
Published on March 24 2012 by Michael Stephen John Leskow
5.0 out of 5 stars No words Could Express
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 more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by Zsakosha Redick
5.0 out of 5 stars lived it
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. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Jacqueline Brulinski
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
very good movie tells the true about the hard life on the street that no really sees
Published on Oct. 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Depth&Realness
first I gotta give Charles S Dutton Much props.the Brother truly nailed it here.the Cast of this Show Knocked it out the Box. Read more
Published on July 25 2003 by mistermaxxx08
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