If Beale Street Could Talk (film)

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If Beale Street Could Talk
If Beale Street Could Talk.jpeg
Teaser poster
Directed by Barry Jenkins
Produced by
Screenplay by Barry Jenkins
Based on If Beale Street Could Talk
by James Baldwin
Music by Nicholas Britell
Cinematography James Laxton
Edited by
Distributed by Annapurna Pictures
Release date
  • September 9, 2018 (2018-09-09) (TIFF)
  • November 30, 2018 (2018-11-30) (United States)
Running time
117 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million[2]

If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 American romantic drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on James Baldwin's novel of the same name. It stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King, and follows an African-American woman who seeks to clear the name of her wrongly convicted husband and prove his innocence before the birth of their child.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 30, 2018 by Annapurna Pictures.



On July 10, 2017, it was announced that Barry Jenkins would direct an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Jenkins wrote the screenplay during the summer of 2013, also writing Moonlight during that same time.[3] On August 29, 2017, Stephan James joined the cast.[4] In September 2017, KiKi Layne and Teyonah Parris joined the cast.[5][6] On October 18, 2017, it was reported that If Beale Street Could Talk had begun filming in New York City.[7] That same month, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, and Ed Skrein joined the cast of the film,[8][9][10][11] with Michael Beach, Finn Wittrock, Aunjanue Ellis, and Diego Luna joining in November.[12][13][14] In December 2017, Pedro Pascal and Emily Rios joined the cast.[15][16] Nicholas Britell will compose the film's score.[17]


The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018.[18] It also screened at the New York Film Festival on October 11, 2018 and at the New Orleans Film Festival on October 21, 2018.[19][20] It is scheduled to be released on November 30, 2018.[21]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 93% based on 67 reviews, with an average rating of 8.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "If Beale Street Could Talk honors its source material with a beautifully filmed adaptation that finds director Barry Jenkins further strengthening his visual and narrative craft."[22] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[23]

Eric Kohn of IndieWire gave the film a "A–", saying: "Jenkins' follow-up to Moonlight also maintains his own expressionistic aesthetic, with its lush colors and entrancing faces that speak volumes in few words, resulting in a fascinating hybrid experience — a seminal voice of the past merging with one of the present in a mesmerizing burst of creative passion."[24]

At the Toronto International Film Festival, the film was named first runner-up for the People's Choice Award.[25]

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  1. ^ "If Beale Street Could Talk". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Thompson, Anne (October 10, 2018). "Annapurna's Stunning Shakeup: What the Hell Is Megan Ellison Doing?". IndieWire. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 10, 2017). "'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins Sets Next Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 29, 2017). "Barry Jenkins' New Film Casts 'Shots Fired' Star Stephan James (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 13, 2017). "Barry Jenkins' New Film Finds Lead in Newcomer Kiki Layne (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Teyonah Parris In Talks To Join Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" Follow-Up "If Beale Street Could Talk" (Exclusive)". The Tracking Board. September 25, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins starts work on new movie". Malay Mail Online. October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Busch, Anita (October 24, 2017). "Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins' Next Film 'If Beale Street Could Talk'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (October 25, 2017). "Colman Domingo Joins Barry Jenkins' Drama 'If Beale Street Could Talk'". Variety. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  10. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (2017-10-30). "'Atlanta' Star Brian Tyree Henry Joins Barry Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  11. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (2017-10-30). "'If Beale Street Could Talk': Dave Franco & Ed Skrein Cast In Barry Jenkins' Film". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (2017-11-04). "Eloise Mumford Joins 'We Are Unsatisfied'; Michael Beach Boards 'If Beale Street Could Talk'; Nickola Shreli In 'Killerman'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  13. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (November 6, 2017). "Finn Wittrock & Aunjanue Ellis Cast In 'If Beale Street Could Talk'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "Exclusive: Diego Luna Joins Barry Jenkins' Love Story "If Beale Street Could Talk"". November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  15. ^ "Pedro Pascal Joins Barry Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'; Ashlie Atkinson Cast In 'Black Klansman'". December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  16. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (December 11, 2017). "Emily Rios Joins 'If Beale Street Could Talk'; Craig Di Francia Cast In 'Green Book'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  17. ^ "Nicholas Britell to Score Barry Jenkins "If Beale Street Could Talk"". FilmMusicReporter. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  18. ^ Vlessing, Etan (July 24, 2018). "Toronto: Timothee Chalamet Starrer 'Beautiful Boy,' Dan Fogelman's 'Life Itself' Among Festival Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  19. ^ "If Beale Street Could Talk". New York Film Festival. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  20. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (August 7, 2018). "Elisabeth Moss Punk Rock Drama 'Her Smell' to Screen at New York Film Fest". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  21. ^ Sharf, Zack (August 2, 2018). "'If Beale Street Could Talk' First Trailer: Oscar Winner Barry Jenkins Returns After 'Moonlight' Breakout". IndieWire. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  22. ^ "If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  23. ^ "If Beale Street Could Talk reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  24. ^ Kohn, Eric (September 10, 2018). "'If Beale Street Could Talk' Review: Barry Jenkins Turns James Baldwin Novel Into a Masterful Poetic Romance — TIFF". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  25. ^ "TIFF 2018 Awards: ‘Green Book’ Wins the People’s Choice Award, Upsetting ‘A Star Is Born’". IndieWire, September 16, 2018.

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