During a sweltering summer in New York City, 14-year-old Mister’s hard-living mother is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister’s vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough. Director George Tillman, Jr. draws indelible performances from a fantastic cast, which includes Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Mackie, Jeffrey Wright, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Jordin Sparks, all led by Skylan Brooks in a stunning breakout performance as Mister. - S. F.
About the Directors
Milwaukee native George Tillman, Jr., made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Soul Food. After the success of his next directorial effort, Men of Honor, he produced Barbershop. Tillman then returned to the director’s chair for Notorious and Faster. After falling in love with Michael Starrbury’s script for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, he spent three years trying to get the film made. Tillman resides with his family in Los Angeles.
Cast and Credits
Directors: George Tillman, Jr.
Screenwriter: Michael Starrbury
Executive Producers: Alicia Keys, Susan Lewis, Clay Floren, Aimee Shieh, Julio Depietro, Keith Kjarval, Mary Vernieu, Amy Nauiokas
Producers: Jana Edelbaum, Rachel Cohen, Bob Teitel
Cinematographer: Reed Morano
Editor: Jamie Kirkpatrick
Production Designer: Jane Musky
Composer: Alicia Keys
Principal Cast: Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Anthony Mackie, Jeffrey Wright
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