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Disappearing Acts (2000)

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A couple in the midst of a tumultuous relationship fight to stay together.

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Terry McMillan (novel), Lisa Jones (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanaa Lathan ... Zora Banks
Wesley Snipes ... Franklin Swift
Michael Imperioli ... Vinney
Laz Alonso ... Moving man
Clark Johnson ... Jimmy
Regina Hall ... Portia
Lisa Arrindell ... Claudette (as Lisa Arrindell Anderson)
Cleveland Sampson Cleveland Sampson ... Walter
Q-Tip ... Reggie Baptiste (as Kamaal Fareed)
Fernando Phifer Cameron Fernando Phifer Cameron ... Tyree
Dequan Henderson Dequan Henderson ... Marcus
Thomas Day Thomas Day ... Allen
CCH Pounder ... Mrs. Swift
John Amos ... Mr. Swift
Kelli Crews Kelli Crews ... Christine
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Storyline

Zora Banks is a school teacher and aspiring singer hoping to become a successful star while taking a break from heartache. Franklin Swift is a down-on-his-luck construction worker and not-quite divorced father of two hoping to start his own business. The two meet and fall in love and during the course of the stormy relationship, they both come to some startling conclusions about love and each other. Written by ozyre cekda <soulmas@hotmail.com>

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Real love. Real life.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Act of Love See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Amen Ra Films, HBO Films See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1 / (anamorphic)
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Gina Prince-Bythewood and Sanaa Lathan previously collaborated on the film Love and Basketball (2000). See more »

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References The Green Mile (1999) See more »

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An Effective TV-Movie with a contemporary and believable take on relationships.
6 March 2008 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

DISAPPEARING ACTS is the 2000 HBO TV movie, based on the novel by Terry McMillan (WAITING TO EXHALE)that examines the relationship that develops between an uneducated and unemployed contractor (Wesley Snipes) and a music teacher/aspiring song writer (Sanaa Lathan) becomes extremely complicated when he gets her pregnant but is unable to support her. Sadly, this movie is an excruciatingly real look at relationships between black couples in society today (and before anyone calls me a bigot, I am black)...two people drawn together by sexual heat and think that this enough to keep them together until the realities of a relationship begin to rear their ugly heads, such as the the woman becoming primary bread winner and supporting both her and her man, but not wanting to give up the sex either. Not to mention the fact that these people are from two completely different worlds...Lathan's circle of friends are all intelligent folk with jobs who feel Lathan is being dragged down by a relationship whose only glue is sex. What happens between Snipes' Franklin and Lathan's Zora is not pretty, but it is undeniably real. It should also be mentioned that one unique aspect of McMillan's novel is that it is written in first person from Franklin and Zora's alternating points of view...one chapter is written by Franklin and the next by Zora, throughout the novel and this fresh perspective of looking at what happens to these people from both sides is lost in the film; however, Snipes and Lathan have never been sexier on screen and it is their chemistry that makes this movie watchable, even if you do end up taking sides, and, trust, you will end up taking sides.


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