5.21 h 38 min2007X-RayPG-13
They are married men that pass H.I.V. to their male or female partners. Many of the men hide behind the vow of marriage, but still desire men. The women know, but have grown accustomed to the extravagant lifestyle.
Bill Duke
Aunjanue EllisRazaaq AdotiVivica A. Fox
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LeonLouis Gossett Jr.Paula Jai ParkerRoger Guenveur SmithRichard GantMyaObba BabatundéVictoria Gabrielle PlattClifton DavisPatti LaBelleClayton PrinceTomorrow Baldwin Montgomery
Michael A. DiMannoBill DukeWarren KohlerCorey RedmondR. Scott Reid
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NosidinoReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
You May Or May Not Like This Film.
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When I bought this movie I expected a run of the mill thriller--something like Fatal Attraction or Body of Evidence. Instead I got a murder mystery that metastasized into the topic of homosexuality which in turn force-fed me through a sort of surprise shock ala Crying Game. No, I did not like the subject matter nor did I like how I was tricked into confronting the lead actor's duplicity towards his wife. Yuck!

Despite my disgust of the topic I give the film's originality a marginal thumbs up. The direction and pacing are unique and the African American church scenes are solid. It reminded me of my First Baptist Church in Williamsburg. Nevertheless, this is not a film for children nor for squeamish adults. I grudgingly give it Four Stars because it kept you guessing. I'm the 258th person to review this film. Buy it and you may or may not like it.

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M. SpinelliReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Definitely a much watch!
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This is a much needed conversation that should take place in all communities, regardless of gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs!
I gave this movie 5 stars because of the topic and then the acting. Being on the "DL" Down Low and not always having protected sex puts so many lives in jeopardy by contracting AIDS/HIV!!
When the movie first started I thought after seeing Lou Gossett Jr. ( who's a great actor) oh boy is this an old back in the day movie? But it wasn't it was an excellent movie!
Being gay isn't the issue, the issue is when a person is a cowardly liar who's pretending that they're heterosexual! It's a lie by omission with devastating consequences! Unfortunately this topic isn't one that some people are willing to discuss.
The actors were good with a great story line. It wasn't a long movie but they covered many areas from secrets, appearances of a perfect life to the consequences of shattering lives with not only the secrets but HIV/AIDS.
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Here KittyKittyReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
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First of all wasn't sure about this movie....What a powerful movie.....well done....great nudity,no sexual scenes, maybe a few curse words but not enough to get my attention a good director and writer doesn't need all that junk if they are good story tellers...they did well with this movie. Not suitable for first.
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Anita L. WashingtonReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
What a waste of my time!
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I purchased this movie because I couldn't find it on Youtube. Someone told me, "It's so good.!" I concluded she doesn't see many movies. The acting is awful. Why is the interrogation room dark? The story line is weak. It's like watching a "Lifetime" movie: big house, no relatives--no friends, except for the ones the lead actress has just met--no backbone. The film is full of unrealistic foolishness: Who gives a woman in distress, a gun? Who leaves an expensive camera behind after a photoshoot and says that she'll pick it up the next day? What was up with the lead actresses hair? What a HOT mess, before she finds out her husband is a homosexual. What woman leaves behind a pair of expensive earrings? To top it all off, after her husband admits to sleeping with several men and has an HIV possibility, she kisses him in the mouth without, at least cellophane between their lips. Since the film is such a disgrace to women and black film, it's best placed in the trash and passed on.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Could have been better
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The story did not flow well and some of the acting was sub standard. Ms. Fox never disappoints. Although the subject matter is real (unfortunately), it was not told well.
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RitaReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2014
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I was totally 'BLOWN' away by this movie!!! No one, especially women should go without seeing this movie. No kids should watch it though. I tell you, it just goes to show you that a few minutes of pleasure, can turn into a lifetime of pain. Not just for you, but also for the ones you say you love. This "down low" subject has been dealt with excellently by Mr. Duke! It is a wake up call to anyone involved in a relationship! Kudos to the pastor and wife for being there for Mrs. Maus. Excellent acting and something to really take to you next church women and mens study groups for discussion. Too many people are dying behind this ugly secret. A good movie that I have watched and shared with my women coworkers! Love it!!!
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KayoReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Synopsis for the movie is not correct
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The snopsis for the movie is incorrect and makes no sense It's men hiding behind marriage while cheating and pursuing relationships with men. A fact unknown to their wives the fallout when relationships are exposed. The director's focus is obscure so one cannot be sure of the point the directors. Seems it's everyone's fault except the lying cheating man who cannot be honest about his sexual preferences. The issue is not who one wants to have sex with but being honest about who one does sleep with.
Charlie B.Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining--Yes!--But Could've Been Alot Better!!!
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Cover starts with Valerie Maas (Aujanue Ellis) being held for the murder of popular R&B singer Ryan Chambers (Leon). She contests that she is innocent in the murder but an over-zealous D.A (Clifton Davis) is trying to seek her conviction to help boost his credibility in an upcoming election. She begins to tell her story through a series of flashbacks during the interregation to Detective Hick (Lou Gossett Jr.).

Valerie is a 'happily' married woman from ATL who gives up her career as a photographer and moves to Philly with her daughter when her psychiatrist husband Dutch (Raz Adoti) takes a higher paying job there thanks to college friends Kevin and Monica Wilson (Roger Smith and Paula Jai Parker). Hard times abound when Dutch is denied the salary that was initially promised to him by Monica due to funding issues at the hospital, and it seems that he is struggling with this as head of the family through pillow talk and his reluctancy to join a local church suggested to them by Valerie's good friend Zahara (Vivica Fox). Valerie is more interested in Dutch's relationship with Monica, who is very seductive and charismatic with Dutch with every encounter. She is only side-tracked by Ryan Chambers, who is equally seductive and charismatic with her during the Wilson's anniversary party, but questions Dutch and Monica's involvement even more once she finds a condom in Dutch's wallet one afternoon. Zahara, who vows to stand by her friend, does some detective work and presents Valerie with photos that suggest Dutch is having an affair with Monica. Valerie, who is livid, confronts Dutch, who comes up with every logical explanation in the book to calm her suspicions in a heated argument. Valerie however is still not convinced. Dutch shows up unexpectantly at Ryan's home where Valerie is doing a photo shoot for him and catches the two in compromising positions, accusing her of trying to get back at him. It isn't until the pariah of Valerie and Zahara's womens church group Charlotte gives Valerie a key to a hotel room and insists that she needs to know the truth that Valerie discovers Dutch is having an affair, and it's not with Monica, but with another man. Suddenly, many secrets are revealed and Valerie must make a powerful decision concerning her marriage.

PROS: The script was believable because of the top-notch notable African American cast who brought these characters to life. We all have or know of a friend like Zahara, for example--crazy as all get out and down-to-Earth, willing to have your back when need be. Or the older woman at church like Sister Honeycomb who means well, but still comes off ignorant and out of touch. I was impressed with Raz Adoti, someone who I'm only used to seeing in action flicks such as Resident Evil and Doom. There were no raunchy sex scenes between men and you got the point during the big reveal scene, which I respected. Valerie's reactions that followed upon finding out her husband's infidelity were so human you might forget that Aujanue Ellis was only acting.


1. The movie was very predictable and foolish at times despite the twists and turns that were presented to throw the viewer off. It's so obvious who Dutch is not having an affair with as obvious as they try to make it. The confrontation scene between Valerie and Monica was foolish, even if it was used to show how her prints got on the gun. Dutch's father bailing him out of jail and then beating him up on the way out was another idiotic scene. Valerie telling everyone at the womens group meeting in the church about her husband's infidelity with another man--of all people to tell--is poor, and I just couldn't see a woman scorned in such a way confiding something like that with so many people not close to her. The babysitter always standing at the front door during Valerie's arrival home everytime was laughable; at first, you might suspect that she is a housekeeper or something. The spectacle of a rant Kevin makes on the streets of Philly to Dutch once the word is out about the extent of his infidelity was more comedy.

2. I think the movie would've been just as good without the cheesy murder plot. It should've definitely been left out because it wasn't needed. There was such a gap in between after Valerie found out about Dutch's double life and the murder that I just felt this was something thrown in to spice up the script and not much thought was really given to it. You didn't get to see how she got caught, how her family was affected...and how is it that the murder investigation focuses on her when she was one of three people who had access to the gun in the movie?

3. While I appreciate the intellectual and ignorant conversation that was brought up involving homosexuality, the 'DL' phenomena, HIV/AIDS, and the Black church, there were still many stereotypes presented in the film. Zahara's friend Greg was the stereotypical flamboyant and emotionally sensitive gay man. There was also this crazy scene in the film that is repeated at the end to bring a realization/conclusion to the viewer where a married man hits on Greg and Dutch by offering to blow an eyelash out of their eye. I died of laughter--is this supposed to be the tell-tell sign that a man is on the 'DL'?

I heard so many people talking about this movie over the Summer and refused to take a chance and pay the 20-something dollars it was initially on sale for, and could never seem to rent it because it was never available, but finally broke when I saw it went on sale for only $7.99 a week ago. It is definitely a decent made-for-DVD Black movie I must admit, entertaining with a few flaws, but touches on a very strong subject within the African American community. A very good conversation piece, watch it with a group of people like I did and it's sure to get you talking.
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