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Precious (based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire)

(DVD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Precious (based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire)
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In 1987, obese, illiterate, black 16-year-old Claireece 'Precious' Jones lives in Harlem with her dysfunctional family. She has been raped and impregnated twice by her father, Carl. She suffers constant physical, mental and sexual abuse from her unemployed mother, Mary. After getting pregnant for the second time, Precious is suspended from her school. Her principal arranges to have her attend an alternative school where her new teacher, Ms. Rain, helps Precious learn to read and she responds to this glimmer of hope. Precious also meets Mrs. Weiss, a social worker, who discovers the abuse and incest that Precious has had to endure. Her father dies of AIDS and Precious learns that she is now HIV-positive.
Statement of Responsibility: Lee Daniels Entertainment in association with Smokewood Entertainment ; directed by Lee Daniels ; screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher ; produced by Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness ; executive producers, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Lisa Cortés, Tom Heller ; presented by Lionsgate, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry ; director of photography, Andrew Dunn
Uniform Title: Precious (Motion picture)
Title: Precious (based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire)
[videorecording]
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lionsgate, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based upon the book "Push", a novel by Sapphire
Originally released as a motion picture in 2009
Opening credits mirror its main character's illiteracy by misspelling the title, which is given as "Precious (Base on Nol by Saf)" with the correction "(Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire)" underneath
Special features: Audio commentary with director Lee Daniels; "From Push to Precious" featurette; "A Precious ensemble" featurette; "Oprah and Tyler: a project of passion" featurette; a conversation with Author Sapphire and director Lee Daniels; Deleted scene: the incest survivor meeting; Audition: Gabourey Sidibe; "Reflections on Precious" featurette; theatrical trailer
Contents: Someday
Principal's office
Each one teach one
Big day tomorrow
First day
Still hungry
You coming?
Meet and greet
Single step
All look the same
Eat it up
Home life
For the social worker
Talk to somebody
Higher learning
Nurse John
Dear Precious
Can I hold him?
Ruined my life
Just a teacher
Making progress
Visitor
Your story
On her own
Credits: Co-executive producer, Simone Sheffield ; co-producer, Mark G. Mathis ; editor, Joe Klotz ; music by Mario Grigorov ; music supervisor, Lynn Fainchtein ; production designer, Roshelle Berliner ; costume designer, Marina Draghici.
Performers: Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe, Stephanie Andujar, Chyna Layne, Amina Robinson, Xosha Roquemore, Angelic Zambrana, Aunt Dot, Nealla Gordon, Grace Hightower, Barret Isaiah Mindell, Kimberly Russell, Bill Sage, Susan Taylor.
Summary: In 1987, obese, illiterate, black 16-year-old Claireece 'Precious' Jones lives in Harlem with her dysfunctional family. She has been raped and impregnated twice by her father, Carl. She suffers constant physical, mental and sexual abuse from her unemployed mother, Mary. After getting pregnant for the second time, Precious is suspended from her school. Her principal arranges to have her attend an alternative school where her new teacher, Ms. Rain, helps Precious learn to read and she responds to this glimmer of hope. Precious also meets Mrs. Weiss, a social worker, who discovers the abuse and incest that Precious has had to endure. Her father dies of AIDS and Precious learns that she is now HIV-positive.
Audience: MPAA rating R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language
System Details: DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 EX surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 EX surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Other Language: English dialogue with optional English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Awards & Distinctions: ["<br>Academy Awards, 2009: Best Picture, Best actress (Mo'Nique), and best director ; Golden Globe Winner, Best supporting actress, Monique, Best Picture Drama, Best Actress Drama, Gabourey Sidibe ; Best Picture of 2009, Peter Travers, Rolling Stone", "<br>Academy Awards, 2009: Best Picture, Best actress (Mo'Nique), and best director ; Golden Globe Winner, Best supporting actress, Monique, Best Picture Drama, Best Actress Drama, Gabourey Sidibe ; Best Picture of 2009, Peter Travers, Rolling Stone"]
Subject Headings: African American teenage mothers New York (State) New York Drama Overweight teenagers New York (State) New York Drama Illiterate persons New York (State) New York Drama Abused children New York (State) New York Drama Rape victims New York (State) New York Drama Incest New York (State) New York Drama African American teenage girls New York (State) Drama Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Drama DVD-Video discs Video recordings for the hearing impaired. local
Genre/Form: Film adaptations
Fiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Films for the hearing impaired
Feature films-United States
Topical Term: African American teenage mothers
Overweight teenagers
Illiterate persons
Abused children
Rape victims
Incest
African American teenage girls
DVD-Video discs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Publisher No: 27239
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE P
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Apr 16, 2012
  • SpookyKid rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought this movie was very disturbing to watch. To see how she was raped by her father and abused by her mother. Monique played her part in this movie so well that it was almost realistic. To me it was inspiring because despite everything Precious had been through she wanted her education and she went and got it. Whether you have been raped or not don't give up on your education because a minds a beautiful thing to waste.

Sear: verb (used with object) 1. to burn or char the surface of. 2. to mark with a branding iron. 3. to burn or scorch injuriously or painfully. 4. to make callous or unfeeling; harden. 5. to dry up or wither; parch. verb (used without object) 6. to become dry or withered, as vegetation.

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this one of my favorite movies

Aug 08, 2011
  • Nita101 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a very intense movie but it was very interesting

Jan 31, 2011
  • rose0622 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie was wonderful all the actorsin the movie were great the movie is a must see not for young children.

Jun 16, 2010
  • CalicoJack rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Remarkably innovative in its use of language & its counterpoint between monologue & dialogue. (Screenwriter Geoffrey S. Fletcher rightly won an Academy Award for his brilliance.) Knockout acting debut by Gabourey Sidibe in the leading role. Wow.

PS on 16 June 2010: This film isn't about human degradation, guys; it's about human resilience.

Jun 05, 2010
  • AS1987 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

One of the most depressing films ever.

Apr 14, 2010
  • joseph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Must See - Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) 109 min. Mo-Nique is brilliant as the abusive mother to Precious played by Gabourey Sidibe. If you’ve read the book, there is no way you could’ve imagined the mother being portrayed in this light (or rather, darkness). As in the book, the film switches over to “dream” sequences where Precious escapes to whenever there’s conflict in her life – some of them work; other times, I found them to be distracting (which is probably their intent). This film is not for the weak of heart – it’s brutally vicious. This was one of the 10 films nominated for a 2010 Oscar – Mo’Nique won for best supporting actress and rightly so.

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