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The Corner

The Corner DVD cover
Approx. run time 376 min. (6 parts)
Genre Drama miniseries
Creator David Simon
Written by David Simon and David Mills
(Parts 1, 2, 5, 6)
David Mills (Part 3)
David Simon (Part 4)
Directed by Charles S. Dutton
Produced by Robert F. Colesberry,
David Simon, David Mills
Starring T.K. Carter
Khandi Alexander
Sean Nelson
Music by Ending theme performed by Corey Harris
Country  United States
Language English
Original channel HBO
Original run 16 April 2000 – 21 May 2000
No. of episodes 6
Followed by The Wire

The Corner is an American television miniseries based on the book The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood by David Simon and Ed Burns and adapted for television by Simon and David Mills. It premiered on premium cable network HBO in the United States on 16 April, 2000 and ended its original 6 part run on 21 May, 2000.

The Corner chronicles the life of a family living in poverty amid the open-air drug markets of West Baltimore. The corner in question is at the junction of West Fayette st and North Monroe st.

Contents

Cast and Characters

  • T.K. Carter as Gary McCullough, a drug-addict. Father of DeAndre and ex-husband of Fran. He dropped out of college when Fran became pregnant and became addicted to drugs after their marriage ended.
  • Khandi Alexander as Francine "Fran" Boyd, a drug-addict. Mother of DeAndre and DeRodd. Lives in the "Dew Drop Inn" with her sisters, Bunchie and Sharry, and brother Stevie and his son.
  • Sean Nelson as DeAndre McCullough, a drug-dealer. Son of Gary McCullough and Francine "Fran" Boyd.

Reception

A review by Hugh K.David of DVD Times praised The Corner as raw, "gritty, uncompromising, realistic, smartly directed, supremely well-acted, compulsively watchable, but harrowing and with little light at the end of the tunnel" comparing it to the television equivalent of such films as Last Exit to Brooklyn or Requiem For A Dream (also adapted from novels), with elements in common with both La Haine and Cidade de Deus.[1]

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Awards

The miniseries won several Emmy Awards in 2000, including that for best miniseries. Charles S. Dutton won for his direction of the mini series. David Mills and David Simon won Emmys for their writing. The Corner was also nominated for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.[2]

Plot synopsis and episode list

Each episode starts and ends with a documentary style interview, where a lead character answers questions from the director Charles S. Dutton.

# Episode title Writer(s) Director Original airdate
1 "Gary's Blues" David Simon and David Mills Charles S. Dutton 16 April 2000 (2000-04-16)
"Gary, you should have never got caught up in this."
Thirty-four-year-old Gary McCullough has seen four years of drug addiction strip him of his money, his career...and his family. Now he has one mission: to get his next drug fix. When he's not shooting up with his girlfriend Ronnie - a ruthless, scheming addict who even steals from Gary when he isn't looking - Gary scours the neighborhood for heroin or spare cigarettes, and scrounges for money selling scrap metal and stolen appliances. 
2 "DeAndre's Blues" David Simon and David Mills Charles S. Dutton 23 April 2000 (2000-04-23)
"I can jail if I have to."
DeAndre spends his life walking a fine line between childhood and maturity - a very fine line, since both of his parents are addicts, and he's been dealing drugs since he was 13 years old. DeAndre hangs out with his girlfriend Tyreeka while struggling to attend school so he can achieve a promotion from 9th to 10th grade. Getting into a fight with his mother, Fran, he leaves to stay with his father, Gary, who ends up stealing some of his drugs. 
3 "Fran's Blues" David Mills Charles S. Dutton 30 April 2000 (2000-04-30)

"How we look, trying to raise children up in the middle of this craziness?"
Fran has her own drug habit that her son has so far avoided, but DeAndre, still a child, helps support his mother and younger half brother De'Rodd by selling cocaine on the corner. Fran's warnings to her son about selling drugs continue to go unheeded and DeAndre gets busted again. This time, to teach him a lesson, Fran makes no effort to get him out, and he's transferred to the "Boy's Village" for a wake-up call.

The real Fran Boyd makes a cameo appearance in this episode as a receptionist. 
4 "Dope Fiend Blues" David Simon Charles S. Dutton 7 May 2000 (2000-05-07)
"We sitting here day after day making ourself a little bit less human."
Attempting to go straight, Gary gets a seasonal job at the crab market where he worked in his youth. When an addict gets shot, a local artist named Blue realizes the time to clean up his life is now or never. DeAndre has a new girlfriend, not knowing that Tyreeka, whom he's been ignoring, is pregnant with his child. With his mother in rehab, DeAndre turns to Gary for some money to feed the family. 
5 "Corner Boy Blues" David Simon and David Mills Charles S. Dutton 14 May 2000 (2000-05-14)
"I can't be locked up when my baby born, man"
Things are going well for Fran, who proudly moves the family into a new home, but not so well for Gary, who loses his job as the crab season ends. With a baby on the way, DeAndre attempts to walk a straight line, taking a job at a fast food restaurant while still earning off the corner, and agreeing to a midnight curfew imposed by Fran. Drugs are starting to take their toll on an aging corner seller, Curt, who collapses and ends up in the hospital. 
6 "Everyman's Blues" David Simon and David Mills Charles S. Dutton 21 May 2000 (2000-05-21)
"Ain't no job harder in America"
The entire Boyd family gathers for Thanksgiving, a celebration that also marks the birth of DeAndre's son. It's a happy time for all, but it is to be short-lived as old addictions are revisited and new ones are born. DeAndre himself falls into a life of drugs. 

References

  1. ^ Author Hugh K.David Review of The Corner Publisher DVD Times, Date 2005-07-23 Accessed 2009-09-26
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Emmy_Awards/2000

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