Burnett Charles

To Sleep with Anger

To Sleep with Anger

A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by Charles Burnett is a singular piece of American mythmaking. In a towering performance, Danny Glover plays the enigmatic southern drifter Harry, a devilish charmer who turns up out of the blue on the South Central Los Angeles doorstep of his old friends. In short order, Harry’s presence turns a seemingly peaceful household upside down, exposing smoldering tensions between parents and children, tradition and change, virtue and temptation. Interweaving evocative strains of gospel and blues with rich, poetic-realist images, To Sleep with Anger is a sublimely stirring film from an autonomous artistic sensibility, a portrait of family resilience steeped in the traditions of black mysticism and folklore.

Film Info

  • Burnett Charles
  • United States
  • 1990
  • 107 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #963

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Charles Burnett, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview program featuring Burnett, actors Danny Glover and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and associate producer Linda Koulisis
  • A Walk with Charles Burnett, a new hour-long conversation between Burnett and filmmaker Robert Townsend that revisits Burnett’s films and shooting locations
  • Short video tribute to Burnett produced for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards ceremony in 2017
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Ashley Clark

New cover by Charly Palmer

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Feb 26, 2019

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Charles Burnett, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview program featuring Burnett, actors Danny Glover and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and associate producer Linda Koulisis
  • A Walk with Charles Burnett, a new hour-long conversation between Burnett and filmmaker Robert Townsend that revisits Burnett’s films and shooting locations
  • Short video tribute to Burnett produced for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards ceremony in 2017
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Ashley Clark

New cover by Charly Palmer

To Sleep with Anger
Cast
Danny Glover
Harry
Paul Butler
Gideon
Mary Alice
Suzie
Carl Lumbly
Junior
Vonetta McGee
Pat
Richard Brooks
Babe Brother
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Linda
Ethel Ayler
Hattie
Julius Harris
Herman
Sy Richardson
Marsh
Davis Roberts
Okra Tate
DeForest Coven
Fred Jenkins
DeVaughn Walter Nixon
Sunny
Reina King
Rhonda
Cory Curtis
Skip
Paula Bellamy
Mrs. Baker
Wonderful Smith
Preacher
Jimmy Witherspoon
Percy
Greta Brown
Virginia
Credits
Director
Charles Burnett
Written by
Charles Burnett
Producer
Caldecot Chubb
Producer
Thomas S. Byrnes
Producer
Darin Scott
Executive producer
Edward R. Pressman
Executive producer
Danny Glover
Executive producer
Harris E. Tulchin
Associate producer
Michael Flynn
Associate producer
Linda Koulisis
Director of photography
Walt Lloyd
Editing
Nancy Richardson
Production design
Penny Barrett
Music composed by
Stephen James Taylor
Art direction
Troy Myers
Casting director
Gail Levin
Casting director
Lauren Lloyd
Costume design
Gaye Shannon-Burnett