The Keeper


1h 30m 1995

Brief Synopsis

Paul Lamont is a 36-year-old Haitian-American corrections officer at the Brooklyn King's County House of Detention. An aspiring law student, Paul, who lives a culturally bankrupt existence--is a man caught between two worlds. He sees the human side of the prisoners he watches over, just as he sees t

Film Details

Also Known As
Keeper
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Dream Entertainment; New Jersey Motion Picture/Tv Commission; New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
Distribution Company
Kino International; Kino International; Kino Video

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

Paul Lamont is a 36-year-old Haitian-American corrections officer at the Brooklyn King's County House of Detention. An aspiring law student, Paul, who lives a culturally bankrupt existence--is a man caught between two worlds. He sees the human side of the prisoners he watches over, just as he sees the violent and brutal nature of his fellow officers. The pressures of his job, including the threat of violence, unwanted overtime, and peer pressure have taken a heavy toll on his marriage to Angela, a middle school teacher who has been his wife for five years. His marriage is already in trouble when he bails Jean Baptiste, a mysterious Haitian, out of jail, convinced that Baptiste has been wrongly accused of rape. Insinuating himself into Lamont's life, Baptiste leads his benefactor on an unimaginable journey of self-discovery as his presence forces Paul to confront his misgivings about his own Hatian culture head-on.

Film Details

Also Known As
Keeper
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Dream Entertainment; New Jersey Motion Picture/Tv Commission; New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
Distribution Company
Kino International; Kino International; Kino Video

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of Best Film at the 1997 Newark Black Film Festival.

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States August 1995

Released in United States Fall September 5, 1997

Released in United States January 16, 1998

Released in United States January 17, 1996

Released in United States January 1996

Released in United States May 1996

Released in United States on Video February 17, 1998

Shown at Contemporary African Diaspora Film Festival (Opening Night) in New York City November 29 - December 15, 1996.

Shown at Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival August 13-27, 1995.

Shown at Newark Black Film Festival June 18 - July 30, 1997.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 1996.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival May 5-14, 1996.

Feature directorial debut for Joe Brewster.

Broadcast in USA over Sundance Channel as part of month-long series "Representing Soul" August 7, 1999.

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Contemporary African Diaspora Film Festival (Opening Night) in New York City November 29 - December 15, 1996.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Newark Black Film Festival June 18 - July 30, 1997.)

Released in United States January 1996 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (in competition) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 1996.)

Released in United States January 16, 1998 (New Beverly; Los Angeles)

Released in United States January 17, 1996 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade) as part of series "Independents Night!" January 17, 1996.)

Released in United States on Video February 17, 1998

Released in United States May 1996 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival May 5-14, 1996.)

Released in United States August 1995 (Shown at Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival August 13-27, 1995.)

Released in United States Fall September 5, 1997