Disappearing Acts

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Disappearing Acts
Based on Disappearing Acts 
by Terry McMillan
Written by Lisa Jones
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Starring Sanaa Lathan
Wesley Snipes
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Terry McMillan
Wesley Snipes
Kimiko Fox
Running time 115 min.
Original channel HBO
Original release
  • December 9, 2000 (2000-12-09)

Disappearing Acts is a 2000 romantic drama directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, and stars Sanaa Lathan and Wesley Snipes. The film is an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan and originally aired on HBO on December 9, 2000


Zora Banks (Sanaa Lathan) moves from Manhattan to her newly renovated brownstone in Brooklyn. Franklin (Wesley Snipes) is polishing the floors in what will be her new apartment. Franklin informs her that she cannot move in yet due to her wood grain floors not being dry. An upset Zora then threatens to fire one of the moving men, who proceed to leave her furniture and boxes on the sidewalk. Desperate, she asks Franklin to help her move her things. After moving her in, they begin to talk and he asks her who is helping her unpack and get settled in; she replies by saying no one is helping her. Franklin offers to help and, although skeptical, Zora eventually takes his offer and they agree to meet the next evening. However, Franklin never shows up and Zora becomes frustrated and leaves her apartment to a local restaurant. Franklin coincidentally walks into the restaurant where Zora confronts him. She accepts his apology and the two proceed to her apartment after eating and unpack her clothes. The two were getting to know each other and Zora's father calls. She insist that Franklin leaves due to his talkative nature. The two plan on contacting each other.

Later while Zora is walking home, she finds Franklin waiting for her on the stoop and chastises him for coming by without warning. Franklin says he was waiting for her because he wanted to see her. Zora invites Franklin inside. Now in her apartment, Zora goes to get Franklin a drink and then he begins to caress her while she's still at the fridge. Realizing they cannot hide their mutual attraction, Franklin proceeds to perform cunnilingus on Zora. Later, the couple, now in bed, talk of their dreams and aspirations; Zora wants to become a singer and Franklin wants to get his contracting business off the ground. Both confess that they were putting off love until they got themselves together. Franklin then tells Zora that he is not a wealthy man. Zora reassures him, stating that she is not looking for a rich man.

About seven months go by and Franklin goes to Zora's house. He says he wants to see his son. She says if it weren't for the monthly checks I would've thought you were dead. She lets him in and Frankie holds his son and puts him to bed. The ex-couple then converse about what's been going on. Frankie tells her that he's taking his contractor test the next day and that he got his GED. Zora tells him that she writes songs and that one of them is on the radio. While walking out the door Frankie talks about their love and how it was real no matter what the timing was. He leaves and she follows him and says I never got to beat you in Scrabble. He smiles, goes back upstairs and they play scrabble.


Awards and nominations[edit]

2002 NAACP Image Awards

  • Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

See also[edit]

External links[edit]