Your question may be answered by sellers, manufacturers, or customers who purchased this item, who are all part of the Amazon community. Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question. Please enter a question. The story of Hank Billy Bob Thornton , an embittered prison guard working on Death Row who begins an unlikely, but emotionally charged affair with Leticia Halle Berry , the wife of a man under his watch on The Row. The movie also features Heath Ledger and Peter Boyle. Boyle plays Hank's bigoted, aging father, whose hatred seems to have poisoned his entire family as much as the family business, which working on the prison Death Squad. Ledger plays Hank's son, who is hell-bent on getting out.
Travelling or based outside United States? Video availability outside of United States varies. Sign in to see videos available to you. Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started. Close Menu. Halle Berry won an Oscar for her role in this intricate drama about a racist white prison guard Billy Bob Thornton who falls in love with a black woman Berry after her husband is executed. More purchase options. By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon.
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But their pain remains separate and so do they; this is not a message movie about interracial relationships, but the specific story of two desperate people whose lives are shaken by violent deaths, and how in the days right after that they turn to each other because there is no place else to turn. The movie has the complexity of great fiction, and requires our empathy as we interpret the decisions that are made--especially at the end, when the movie avoids an obligatory scene that would have been conventional and forces us to cut straight to the point. Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry star as Hank and Leticia, in two performances that are so powerful because they observe the specific natures of these two characters, and avoid the pitfalls of racial cliches. What a shock to find these two characters freed from the conventions of political correctness, and allowed to be who they are: weak, flawed, needful, with good hearts tested by lifetimes of compromise. They live in a Georgia town, circa ; Leticia works the night shift in a diner, has a fat little son and an ex-husband on Death Row; Hank works as a guard on Death Row, has a mean, racist father and a browbeaten son, and will be involved in Leticia's ex-husband's execution. At first, Hank and Leticia do not realize the connection they have through the condemned man. For another movie that would be enough plot. We can imagine the scenes of discovery and revelation. How this movie handles that disclosure is one of its great strengths; how both characters deal with it or don't deal with it internally, so that the movie blessedly proceeds according to exactly who they are, what they need, what they must do, and the choices open to them. It specifically does not tell "their" story, but focuses on two separate lives.