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Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | | Drama | 7 November 1997 (USA)
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After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

Director:

Kasi Lemmons

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Kasi Lemmons
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Eve Batiste (as Jurnee Smollett)
Meagan Good ... Cisely Batiste
Lynn Whitfield ... Roz Batiste
Samuel L. Jackson ... Louis Batiste
Debbi Morgan ... Mozelle Batiste Delacroix
Jake Smollett Jake Smollett ... Poe Batiste
Ethel Ayler ... Gran Mere
Diahann Carroll ... Elzora
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Julian Grayraven
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Lenny Mereaux
Lisa Nicole Carson ... Matty Mereaux
Branford Marsalis ... Harry
Afonda Colbert Afonda Colbert ... Henrietta
Lola Dalferes Lola Dalferes ... Lynette
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Hosea
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The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive female patients. One night Louis trysts with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not knowing that he is observed by his youngest daughter Eve, who is there by accident. Eve can not forget the traumatic incident and shares a secret with older sister Cisely. Lies start to roll... Written by Anonymous

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The secrets that hold us together can also tear us apart.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Was selected by the Library of Congress in 2018, for preservation in the National Film registry for being, "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." See more »

Goofs

Eve puts 20 bucks she takes from her dad's wallet in her right pocket. In the marketplace where she pays Elzora, she takes the money out of her left pocket. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Memory is a selection of images, some elusive, others imprinted indelibly on the brain. The summer I killed my father I was 10 years old. My brother Poe was 9, and my sister Cisely has just turned 14.
Narrator: The town we lived in was named after a slave. It was said that when General John Paul Batiste was stricken with cholera, his life was saved by the powerful medicine of an African slave woman called Eve. In return for his life, he freed her, and gave her this piece of land by the Bayou....
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A Child With The Blues
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Erykah Badu
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Exquisite!
12 February 2005 | by moliz01See all my reviews

This was a delightfully good movie. Set in the Louisiana bayou country in the 60's, it is a wonderful story of a well-to-do black family caught up in family tensions that drive the plot but never overpower the family's love for each other. Infidelity, an over-protective mother, the psychic aunt's tragic loss of loves and a delicious dose of voodoo all make this a good watch. The child actress, Jurnee Smollett as Eve, delivers a beautiful performance with talent far beyond her years. Debbie Morgan is terrific as the fortune-telling wise, but cursed-in -love Aunt Mozelle.

Lynn Whitfield and Samuel L. Jackson are also superb as the parents whose complex and troubled relationship's problems spill over onto the children, especially the two daughters, Eve and Cisely. Cisely sees herself as a buffer comforting her father and trying to protect him from her mother whom Cisely sees as a rival for her father's affections. Eve bounces around amidst the angst of being a middle child and the desire to understand the adults' world. This definitely a movie to see. It's a shame that jewels like this get overlooked in the usual Hollywood hype machine.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,287,846, 9 November 1997

Gross USA:

$14,842,388

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,842,388
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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