Precious


1h 42m 2009

Brief Synopsis

Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece "Precious" Jones, a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, a poisonously angry woman who abuses her em

Film Details

Also Known As
Preciosa, Push (Lee Daniels Entertainment), Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire, Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Production Company
Filmax International; Front Row Filmed Entertainment (UAE); Gourmet To U; Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers LLP; GreenSlate; Icon Uk Group; Indieclear; Jfa, Inc.; Lionsgate; Look! Effects, Inc.; Midget Entertainment; Sound One; Technicolor New York; Technicolor PostWorks New York; Videorama
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox International; A-Film Distribution; Arp; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Cine; Distribution Company; Edko Films; Euforia Film; Fandango; Future Film, Ltd. (Finland); Gussi Films; Hoyts Distribution; Icon; Icon Uk Group; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment; Lionsgate; Miracle (Denmark); Noble Entertainment (Sweden); Nu-Metro; Playarte Pictures; Polyfilm Verleih Gmbh; Prokino Filmverleih Gmbh; Shaw Organization; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Valentim De Carvalho (Vc)
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece "Precious" Jones, a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write. Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn't know the meaning of "alternative," but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain, Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.

Crew

Peter Agliata

Camera Operator

Donna Allen

Song Performer

Jessica Allen

Visual Effects Editor

Belinda Anderson

Hair

Tara Andrus

Production Accountant

Tim Antwine

Production Assistant

Frank Appedu

Driver

Adam Avitabile

Digital Effects

Colleen Bachman

Visual Effects Producer

Ray Barretto

Song

Ray Barretto

Song Performer

Rick Bartholomy

Location Assistant

Edward Battista

Transportation Captain

Derek Beacher

Production

Jameica V Bennett

Song

Roshelle Berliner

Production Designer

Sarah Berney

Scenic Artist

Leonard Bernstein

Song Performer

Adam Bessah

Graphic Artist

Charlie Beyer

Assistant Camera

John Billeci

Generator Operator

Derek Bird

Digital Effects Artist

Mirashyam Blakeslee

Assistant Director

Mary Blanchard

Scenic Artist

Mary J. Blige

Song Performer

Mary J. Blige

Song

Dana Bloder

Film Lab

Raymond Bloodworth

Song

Melissa Bostian

Production

Leah Bostic

Production Assistant

Brian Bowles

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Brian Bowles

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Steve Boyle

Post-Production Accountant

Da Brat

Song Performer

Bobby Brown

Song Performer

Bobby Brown

Song

Desiree Brown

Production

L Russell Brown

Song

Mike Burke

Stunts

Kelley Burney

Set Decorator

Jerry Butler

Song

Steve Calitri

Swing

Nicole Callender

Stunt Double

Carol Campbell

Hair Stylist

George Campbell

Transportation

Vince Camuto

Boom Operator

Jwaundace Candece

Stunt Double

Christian Cardona

Digital Effects Artist

Jean Carn

Song Performer

Jeff Caron

Location Manager

Andrew Casey

Camera Operator

Al Castellanos

Location Assistant

Robert Castillo

Consultant

Andrew Cavagnet

Video

Rashad Clinton

Grip

Dominick Cocuzzo

Construction

Ray Colcord

Song

Ryan Collinson

Foley

Carol Compton

Rights & Clearances

Linda Conlon

Song

John Coots

Best Boy Electric

Lisa Cortes

Wardrobe

Lisa Cortes

Executive Producer

Howard Cournoyer

Swing

Bob Crewe

Song

Reginald Crute

Transportation

Louis Cruz

Song

Colin Cumberbatch

Production Coordinator

Trenton Dallas

Production Assistant

Lee Daniels

Producer

Leah Daniels-butler

Casting Associate

Matteo De Cosmo

Art Director

Tomas Deckaj

Set Production Assistant

Louise Decurtis

On-Set Dresser

Peter Decurtis

On-Set Dresser

Anne Marie Dentici

Production Assistant

Kesho Desouza

Set Production Assistant

Reno Devivo

Transportation

John K Donohue

Grip

John K Donohue

Dolly Grip

Joe Doughan

Best Boy Grip

Marina Draghici

Costume Designer

Andrew Dunn

Dp/Cinematographer

Andrew Dunn

Director Of Photography

Kenneth Edmonds

Song

Emman England

Production

James Ervin

Choreographer

Kristen Everman

Office Production Assistant

Lynn Fainchtein

Music Supervisor

Roy Farfel

Stunt Coordinator

Tom Fatone

Assistant Director

Steve Faughnan

Location Assistant

Gavin Fernandez

Loader

Robert Fernandez

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Stanley Fernandez Jr.

Assistant Camera

Tre Ferrell

Production

Jim Ferris

Swing

Henrik Fett

Visual Effects Supervisor

Trayce Field

Assistant Costume Designer

Geoffrey Fletcher

Screenplay

Jill Flowers

Wardrobe Supervisor

Kevin Flynn

Transportation Captain

Peter Fonda

Boom Operator

Rori Fortier

On-Set Dresser

Jenny Foster

Visual Effects Producer

Anne Marie Fox

Photography

Samuel Friedman

Best Boy Electric

Sunny Gale

Song Performer

Mike Gallart

Swing

Kenneth Gamble

Song

Damaris Gandy

Makeup

Eugene Gearty

Sound Effects Editor

Anika Gibbons

Production Secretary

Patrick D. Gibbons

Unit Production Manager

Marla Gibbs

Song Performer

Matt Healey Giordano

Assistant Editor

Chris Godfrey

Transportation

Mack Gordon

Song

Catherine Gore

Script Supervisor

Quincy Gow

Office Production Assistant

Jonathan Gray

Legal Counsel

George Grenier

Grip

Mario Grigorov

Music

Anguibe Guindo

Boom Operator

Matt Haasch

Foley Editor

Elizabeth Hanley

Post-Production Accountant

James Harris

Song

Gene Harrison

Stunt Coordinator

Joanna Hartell

On-Set Dresser

Rich Hebrink

Construction Coordinator

Robert Hein

Supervising Sound Editor

Robert Hein

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Tom Heller

Executive Producer

Nona Hendryx

Song

Diane Henry

Casting Associate

Omar Hernandez

Office Production Assistant

Tony Hernandez

Unit Production Manager

Grace Hightower

Song Performer

Tracey Hinds

Assistant Director

Eric Hirsch

Music Editor

Valerie Hoffman

Line Producer

Billy Hopkins

Casting Director

Morgan Howard

Production Accountant

Mike Howells

Adr

Leon Huff

Song

Kristyn Hume

Animator

Asger Hussain

Associate Producer

Ken Ishii

Sound Mixer

Christopher Ivins

Digital Effects Artist

Kenyatta Jackson

Transportation

Mahalia Jackson

Song Performer

Mark James

Song

Michael Viftrup Jensen

Production

Bobby Johanson

Adr Mixer

Eric Johnson

Production Assistant

Janet S Jones

Consultant

Brad Kalinoski

Software Engineer

Paul Kang

Production

Barbara Jean Kearney

Film Lab

Jessica Kelly

Casting Director

Jim Kelly

Transportation Co-Captain

Anne Kenney

Assistant Costume Designer

Daniel C. Kim

Digital Effects Artist

Bradley Klipp

On-Set Dresser

Joe Klotz

Editor

Chris Kocses

Production Assistant

Rubin Kodheli

Music

Denny Kortze

Assistant Camera

Lenny Kravitz

Song Performer

Lenny Kravitz

Song

Dan Kubicek

Swing

Peter Kunz

Special Effects Supervisor

Tom Landi

Swing

Queen Latifah

Song

Queen Latifah

Song Performer

Christine Leaman

Location Manager

Kristina Lee

Production Coordinator

Kurt Lennig

Rigging Gaffer

Eric Leverenz

Software Engineer

Terry Lewis

Song

Charles Libin

Camera Operator

Monique Link

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Larry Loewinger

Sound Mixer

Zakiya Lucas

Production Assistant

Jonathan Lumley

Gaffer

Anthony Mabin

Digital Effects Artist

Gary Magness

Producer

Derek Manganelli

Loader

Dan Manjovi

Song

Cisco Marcial

Coordinator

Stephanie Marquardt

Script Supervisor

Edgar Martin

Dolly Grip

Mark Mathis

Coproducer

Rafael Matos

Transportation

Michelle J Mayas

Scenic Artist

Leroy Mccarthy

Location Manager

Carlton Mcclarence

On-Set Dresser

Rob Mcentegart

Executive

Nicola Mckenzie

Production

Chuck Mcwhorter

Production Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Preciosa, Push (Lee Daniels Entertainment), Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire, Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Production Company
Filmax International; Front Row Filmed Entertainment (UAE); Gourmet To U; Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers LLP; GreenSlate; Icon Uk Group; Indieclear; Jfa, Inc.; Lionsgate; Look! Effects, Inc.; Midget Entertainment; Sound One; Technicolor New York; Technicolor PostWorks New York; Videorama
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox International; A-Film Distribution; Arp; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Cine; Distribution Company; Edko Films; Euforia Film; Fandango; Future Film, Ltd. (Finland); Gussi Films; Hoyts Distribution; Icon; Icon Uk Group; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment; Lionsgate; Miracle (Denmark); Noble Entertainment (Sweden); Nu-Metro; Playarte Pictures; Polyfilm Verleih Gmbh; Prokino Filmverleih Gmbh; Shaw Organization; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Valentim De Carvalho (Vc)
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Award Wins

Best Adapted Screenplay

2010
Geoffrey Fletcher

Best Supporting Actress

2010
Mo'Nique

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Co-winner of the TCM Audience Award and winner of the TVE-Another Look Award at the 2009 San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Nominated for the 2009 award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film by the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2009 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Winner of five 2009 Spirit Awards including Best Feature, Best Director, Best First Screenplay, Best Female Lead (Gabourey Sidibe) and Best Supporting Female (Mo'Nique) by Film Independent (FIND).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Actress (Mo'Nique) by the London Critics' Circle.

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) by the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) by the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC).

Winner of the 2009 award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actress (Gabourey Sidibe) by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the 2009 award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Mo'Nique); also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Gabourey Sidibe) and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Winner of the 2009 Orange Award for Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival.

Winner of the Cadillac People's Choice Award at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

Winner of three 2009 Satellite Awards including Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mo'Nique), Outstanding New Talent (Gabourey Sidibe) and Best Screenplay, Adapted by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Winner of three awards including the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize for Acting (Mo'Nique) at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Winner of two 2009 awards including Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) and Best Breakthrough Performance (Gabourey Sidibe) by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Winner of two 2009 awards including Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) and co-winner for Best Ensemble Cast by the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC).

Released in United States Fall November 6, 2009

Limited Release in United States November 6, 2009

Released in United States on Video March 9, 2010

Released in United States 2009

Released in United States January 2009

Released in United States September 2009

Released in United States October 2009

Shown at New Directors/New Films Series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center March 25-April 5, 2009.

Shown at New York Film Festival (Centerpiece) September 25-October 11, 2009.

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) September 4-13, 2009.

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi-Pearls) September 18-26, 2009.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Audience Award Winners) October 1-16, 2009.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Festival Centerpiece) October 8-22, 2009.

Based on the novel "Push" written by Sapphire and published by Knopf on June 11, 1996.

Lionsgate acquired domestic distribution rights at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall November 6, 2009

Limited Release in United States November 6, 2009

Released in United States on Video March 9, 2010

Co-winner of the Jury Prize at the 2009 Deauville Festival of American Cinema.

Released in United States 2009 (Shown at New Directors/New Films Series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center March 25-April 5, 2009.)

Released in United States 2009 (Shown at New York Film Festival (Centerpiece) September 25-October 11, 2009.)

Released in United States January 2009 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (U.S. Dramatic Competition) January 15-25, 2009.)

Released in United States September 2009 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) September 4-13, 2009. )

Released in United States September 2009 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi-Pearls) September 18-26, 2009.)

Released in United States October 2009 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Audience Award Winners) October 1-16, 2009.)

Released in United States October 2009 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Festival Centerpiece) October 8-22, 2009.)

Released in United States 2009 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Galas) October 30-November 7, 2009.)