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Halle Berry on Black Actress Challenges She Had to Overcome in Behind-the-Scenes ‘Frankie & Alice’ Clip (On Home Video Today)

Halle Berry on Black Actress Challenges She Had to Overcome in Behind-the-Scenes 'Frankie & Alice' Clip (On Home Video Today)

Released theatrical earlier this year by Codeblack Films/Lionsgate after a 2013 pickup, Halle Berry’s “Sybil”-like tale, “Frankie & Alice,” enjoyed a brief run, grossing a relatively healthy $695,000, considering the fact that the film had been in release-Limbo for a good 3 years, the length of time it was in theaters (4 weeks), and its widest theater count (171).

Thus, assuming many of you weren’t able to see it while it was in theaters, you’ll be pleased to know that the home entertainment release of Frankie & Alice, a film that earned star Halle Berry a Golden Globe nomination in 2011, is today, August 12, and Shadow & Act has an exclusively behind-the-scenes look at the film, via a clip that is included in the film’s extras.

The film, which hails from the executive producers of “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” and also features Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson, is out today, August 12, on DVD, Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films. 

The film’s official synopsis reads;

The remarkable true story of an African American go-go dancer named “Frankie” who has dissociative identity disorder (DID). She struggles to retain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old named “Genius” and a Southern white racist woman named “Alice.” In order to stop the multiple voices in her head, Frankie (Halle Berry) works with a psychotherapist (Stellan Skarsgård) to uncover and overcome the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her, and the truth that is locked inside her mind.

DVD special features include a featurette titled “The Making of Frankie & Alice with Halle Berry,” which should be self-explanatory.

Watch the home entertainment release trailer and check out the DVD cover art below; But first, watch the clip of Halle Berry discussing the challenges she faced as a Black actress in relation to her performance in the film. 

Here’s the trailer:

And here’s the DVD cover art:

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C. Catchings

..Can’t be too unrealistic since its’ based on a true story from a living woman who consulted with Ms. Berry during production from beginning to end. She did a a great job behind the scenes producing, creating the groundwork to get the movie made and in the acting as well. She received enough kudos to know her work was valued by those who understand it. But at the end of the day, she created a project that meant something, told a unique non one-dimensional story about a regularly homogonized ethic-gender group, and took her acting to new places in the process. Whether or not some people understand the kind of pain she was bringing to life, her realism and gift in portraying it still stands.


Film was terrible on many levels and the histrionic overacting was kind of embarassing to watch. It's like she's dying to get some nomination – I guess she must be making her rounds to try and get one this year. I don't see how her age matters though, CareyCarey.

Rev. Dr. Gregory R Broussard, D.Min.

I went to see Frankie and Alice. I thought it was Halle's best work. Maybe I am a little biased in that regard, since I have historically suffered from bi-polar disorder which is now in remission due to the help of my doctors. Nevertheless, I was able to identify with many of the scenes in the movie; even though, my diagnosis differed from Frankie's, especially the scenes where Frankie is in the psyche hospital. The movie gave me a chance to see myself (and how possibly, I seemed to others) when I suffered from a manic episode. In essence, the movie helped me to move on. Thanks to Halle and her manager Vincent Cirrincione, who I understand, co-produced the movie. Thanks again! Gregory


A Golden Globe nomination… really? Well, speaking from the viewpoint of a Halle Berry fan, this performance, in my opinion, is her absolute worst performance of all time.

First, the movie had all the trappings of a Lifetime Movie Event. Yep, it was utterly disingenuous, painfully melodramatic and poorly written.

In reference to poor writing, one of Halle's "characters" was a young black stripper. So quite naturally the writers "tried" to give her a "voice" of an uneducated hood rat, but it didn't work. In short, her lines–at times–sounded as if they were written by a white guy who was trying to write in the voice of a black woman. Plus, as insult to injury, there was no consistency in her vocabulary or colloquialism.

In reference to Halle's performance, aside from the poor writing, which really stretched her talents, she's no longer the young chick who should and can play the part of a sexy young stripper. Nope, although she's still attractive, her flippant and sassy pole glider days should be put to rest.

And then there's the transition between the multiple personalities that just-didn't-work. I mean, if one likes hokey, disingenuous and way over the top (like Lifetime movies are known for) then hey, it was an excellent performance, but for me, naw, it was not her best performance.

My rating -C. 5 1/2 out of 10 stars.

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