Precious [videorecording] / presented by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry ; Lee Daniels Entertainment ; in association with Smokewood Entertainment Group
DVDs | Lionsgate | c2010 | [Widescreen version.]
Available at Adult DVD-Feature Film (Call number: DVD P DRAMA)
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Santa Monica, Calif. : Lionsgate, c2010.
1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD; Dolby Digital 5.1.
In English, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish.
Mo'nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, Sherri Shepherd.
Producers, Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness ; screenplay, Geoffrey Fletcher ; director, Lee Daniels ; director of photography, Andrew Dunn ; editor, Joe Klotz ; music, Mario Grigorov.
Opening credits also appear with deliberate misspellings.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2009.
Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire.
Academy Awards, 2009: Best supporting actress (Mo'Nique), best writing, screenplay based on material previously produced or published.
MPAA rating: R; for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language.
In 1987, obese, illiterate, black 16-year-old Claireece 'Precious' Jones lives in Harlem with her dysfunctional family. She has been raped and impregnated twice by her father, Carl. She suffers constant physical, mental and sexual abuse from her unemployed mother, Mary. After getting pregnant for the second time, Precious is suspended from her school. Her principal arranges to have her attend an alternative school where her new teacher, Ms. Rain, helps Precious learn to read and she responds to this glimmer of hope. Precious also meets Mrs. Weiss, a social worker, and discovers the abuse and incest that Precious has had to endure. Her father dies of AIDS and Precious learns that she is now HIV-positive.
Special features: audio commentary with director Lee Daniels; "From Push to Precious" featurette; "A Precious ensemble" featurette; "Oprah and Tyler: a project of passion" featurette; a conversation with Author Sapphire and director Lee Daniels; deleted scene: the incest survivor meeting; audition: Gabourey Sidibe; "Reflections on Precious" featurette.
MW, 3-10; 4-10(add)