- Love Jones (film)
name = Love Jones
director = Theodore Witcher
producer = Amy Henkels
James Giovannetti Jr.
writer = Theodore Witcher
Larenz Tate Nia Long Bill Bellamy Isaiah Washington Lisa Nicole Carson
music = Darryl Jones
cinematography = Ernest Holzman
editing = Maysie Hoy
New Line Cinema
released = flagicon|US
March 14, 1997
runtime = 108 min.
country = U.S.A.
language = English
budget = $10,000,000 (approximately)
amg_id = 1:154547
imdb_id = 0119572
"Love Jones" is a 1997
romantic drama filmwritten and directed by Theodore Witcher. Larenz Tateand Nia Longportray young romantic upward-mobile African Americansnavigating through Chicago's club culture.
"What do you do after love at first sight?" That's the question posed in this romantic comedy-drama set in Chicago. Darius Lovehall (
Larenz Tate) is a poetwho is giving a reading at the "Sanctuary", an upscale night club presenting jazzand poetryto a bohemianclientele. Shortly before his set, he meets Nina Mosley ( Nia Long), a gifted photographerwho has just lost her job. They exchange small talk, and Darius makes his interest clear when he retitles a love poem "A Blues For Nina". A mutual attraction is sparked between them, and Darius invites himself back to her place to persistently ask her out. The relationship turns seriously sexy when they have sex on the first date, but neither Darius or Nina are sure where to go next after this promising start. She's just gotten out of a relationship and isn't sure if she still cares for her old boyfriend or not, while Darius' buddies read him the riot act for wanting to give up his freedom so early on in the game. "Love Jones" was the debut film for writer and director Theodore Witcher, and it is already considered a classic work in African-American cinema. Isaiah Washington, Bill Bellamy, and Lisa Nicole Carsonlead the supporting cast.
*The success of "Love Jones" is partially responsible for an increased interest in
poetry slams and the spoken wordart form as a whole in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2002, HBObegan airing "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam", hosted by actor/rapper Mos Def.
*Two of the poems recited by Nia Long's character Nina were written by
Sonia Sanchezand are included in her book "Like the Singing Coming Off the Drums: Love Poems."
*Internationally renowned former bodybuilder
Flex Wheelercounts "Love Jones" as one of his favorite films. He named his son Darius after Larenz Tate's character, and his daughter Nina after actress Nia Long (" Muscle & Fitness" magazine, September 2000).
Love Jones (soundtrack)" — soundtrack to the film.
*imdb title|id=0119572|title=Love Jones
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