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Original Title :
The Painting
Genre :
Movie / Drama / Romance
Year :
Directror :
Peter Manoogian,Joshua D. Rose
Cast :
Clifton Davis,Charles Shaughnessy,Stacey Dash
Writer :
Buddy Sheffield
Type :
Time :
1h 37min
Rating :

A black man is opposed to his sister's falling in love with a white man.

The Painting (2001) Online

A black man is opposed to his sister's falling in love with a white man.
Credited cast:
Clifton Davis Clifton Davis - Thomas Ayers
Charles Shaughnessy Charles Shaughnessy - Randolph Barrington III
Stacey Dash Stacey Dash - Hallie Gilmore at 18
Heath Freeman Heath Freeman - Randy Barrington at 18
Debbie Allen Debbie Allen - Bertha Lee Gilmore
Ben Vereen Ben Vereen - Whistlin' Willie Weston
Cody Dorkin Cody Dorkin - Randy Barrington at 13
Bumper Robinson Bumper Robinson - Marcus Gilmore
Josh Ackerman Josh Ackerman - Allen Kuperburg
William R. Moses William R. Moses - Martin Shaughnessy
Shari Dyon Perry Shari Dyon Perry - Hallie Gilmore at 13
Paul Taylor Paul Taylor - Leon
Diana Brim Diana Brim - Agnes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buck Baker Buck Baker - CJ
Mary Ann Burger Mary Ann Burger - Mrs. Watkins

Stacey Dash played an 18 year old, despite actually being almost twice as old as that - 35 years old - at the time.

Cody Dorkin played a 13 year old, despite actually being 16 at the time.

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I was so grateful to be present at the Premiere of this movie in Kansas City. I went, thinking the worst that could happen was being bored for a couple of hours. Well, just the opposite happened. This movie was so outstanding, I was taken by surprise. It was so well done. This movie is both a chick flick and a guy flick, very rare now days. It pulls you into the movie, gently, sweetly inviting you into the character's lives. I fell so in love with the people in the movie, they were real, it showed them for the good and the weaknesses, but you cared for them as you would a dear friend or a relative. What happened to each of them deeply affected me as I came to care more and more deeply for them.

The camera work was stunning too. It was like the camera was having a love affair with the actors, the sets and the surroundings. The movie would especially be powerful to those who were born in the late 1940's or early 1950's, so many events that were shown were events, I myself had lived through, which made them even more personal in nature. If anyone has been to Vietnam, I definitely recommend this movie. It is one of the few movies where Vietnam vets were really honored. I could not recommend this movie highly enough. I hope and pray everyone will get to see this movie. It is very real, very thought provoking, very deep, very good....


I think the movie was very beautiful. They both loved each other, and held onto that loved, and pursued it despite the odds that faced them both. It just goes to show that sometimes love CAN conquer all. I think he was a compassionate and remarkable man. It showed in his ability to love his wife, to stand up for his friends, his beliefs, and most importantly, his decision to give his life to save that little girl. It was sad that he died though. I always hold a special place in my heart for movies that try to portray love with no boundaries! I have been in interracial relationships, and i have a biracial child. I am open to love, no matter the race, because you never know who you will love until it happens to you. I think that is one of the main points this movie was trying to get across! Peace and Blessings


A marvelous testament to the human spirit. The story of a young man whose search for what matters most to him, and the lives that he touches along the way. Vivid performance all around. Clifton Davis and Heath Freeman stand out. Highly recommended.


I had the pleasure to watch the movie with my family in a private cinema. While the acting is not the best, the movie does make up for it because it is a really good wholesome family movie.

The era that the movie was set in must have been very turbulent yet the movie avoided the blood, gore and hatred but instead show the courage of the human spirit and the goodness in man kind. The human spirit is a wonderful thing and the sacrifice made by individuals are usually swept under the carpet for the sake of sensationalism. This movie reminds us of the sacrifice made by the different characters like the Jewish boy who died in the bomb, the main actor for the girl and others. There were also many caring characters which are real in my world.

It will be good if families go out together to watch this movie so that apart from their bonding, they can stir up each other's spirit and be encouraged by values that is good.

Love it. Oliver


When are people like jkdeboer (does that mean "the bore"? - it SHOULD!) going to sit back and enjoy a good story? And WHY, may I ask, have IMDb chosen to put THAT lousy comment on the movie's home page? Fortunately, I was somewhat surprised by ms DeBoer's comments and elected to read a few more rather than just take hers as typical!

First of all, let's remember that this is NOT a star-studded movie spectacular. It is a fictitious story based around the popular urban myth about a rich man dying and his art collection being auctioned. If you haven't heard the story, I won't spoil the movie for you by telling it here. Mind you, if you have heard the story, then the end of the movie won't be any surprise either! But who cares? It is a nice wholesome movie and, as such, is pleasant entertainment.

I could pick some holes in the acting (particularly Charles Shaughnessy's - he should have stuck to comedy!) but, again, what would that achieve? I guess there are those people in this world who simply enjoy rubbishing other people's efforts - although, I suspect if they had to make a movie themselves, they couldn't do nearly as well as those they tear apart! I have the movie on DVD and am happy to have it as part of my collection. So, people, if you have been put off by Miss DeBoer's irate rantings, just ignore them and watch The Painting anyway!


I stumbled upon this movie one morning while flipping channels trying to find something to watch. I was immediately drawn to the era, so I watched with curiosity at first. Very quickly I started to realize this movie was not just something to pass the time, it was a gift to my soul. I can't wait to own a copy of this movie to share with my grandchildren. There are important lessons to be learned about what we value and prioritizing those values. It reminded me to think about what is important to me in my life. It is a movie with a purpose, to examine the heart and soul of the human spirit. This movie might even be appropriate for the classroom. If I were a school teacher I would certainly incorporate this movie into a lesson or two.


Warning,it will be hard to find this film so understand what you are looking for.This film was released in 2001 and runs but 90 minutes and was re-released in 2006 under the new title of "Solders of change"Both titles are somewhat misleading as the story is more then family love of art (the painting) or the Vietnam war(Soldiers of change).That looked over or otherwise missed gem of a unknown film. Perhaps it was my interest in Albert Coombs Barnes's art collection in Philly that led me to this film,again not really similar BUT there are connections in a layered way.Ah,Layers !!!!!This film has many and thats the thing and also maybe a turn off to the great masses.So now that we have 3 layers to draw on,let us begin. Told in flashback by a soldier in Vietnam we learn of a rich southern white family of the 50's era whose father collects artwork as a passion as he made a good life for himself in Newspapers and hiring blacks workers right as the civil rights movement is beginning.( Barnes in a round about way).He had only one son and his wife dies during a storm, in a car accident while the boy,NOW the soldier,was but a young boy. The "butler".a black man,is almost more of a father to the boy than his real father who is absorbed in work maybe because he has to be,or because he's alone after the wife's death. At any rate,the young lad meets the butlers young niece at a black church mass and well,a friendship grows through the next 10 or so years to a love affair.Through that period we see the civil rights violence with no holes bared truth,as the film had a very tame almost whimsy feel to that point.Then it gets a bit more dark as the boy is sent to West Point but is kicked out and then marries his brown sugar and then is drafted as his now wife is pregnant.Here we a few draft era errors like marriage,but they are so small and not labored that you can forgive them.Bottom line is the father has lost him through his own misguided fears and the boy is more principled than any rich kids YOU ever met.Still they do miss each other and wish they had a way to swallow their silly stupid pride and re-connect.Here's were a film error is also made.Film makers should NOT let a character tell a story in flashback unless they say its from the grave or you can tell it yourself early on.The boy you see never comes home or sees his young daughter other than through pictures. Still a forgivable point as his death does set in motion a interesting reconciliation from the grave.Yes I cried at the end. The story,for only the rich can make change without a full revolution and that is the legacy of our 1960's.The white middle class in the guise of the children, forced the change as the fires in the streets were beginning to be lit.Interracial love,a taboo,but a powerful tool like none seen before is the true catalyst of that period and this film may be somewhat awkward in trying to show this along with all the other layers on its plate ,but try it does. So finally why see this film?? Again my 3 layers.One,in this film,blacks will get the art collection finally and unlike in the Barnes true historic story where they messed it up and Philly controls it today.Two,the 60's war in Vietnam was EVERYBODYS war because of a draft,not just the very few who volunteer as in todays wars and finally a love story that ends tragically BUT in the noblest of way.Romance only a few ever attain. Must see,with tissues and wait,if you let the whimsy pass,you will cry.The cast,lesser knowns for the most part,but they do honor to the heavy ideals of this deep film.


Also a.k.a SOLDIERS of CHANGE. Black is black and white is white. Randy Barrignton(Heath Freeman) is a young man that finds himself in the midst of the 1960's riots and revolution. Being part of the front lines of the struggle for civil rights; he is summoned into the Viet Nam War. Randy's most heroic struggle though is with his wealthy father(Charles Shaughnessy), when he falls in love with Hallie(Stacey Dash). Hallie is black and her family too is divided over her choice of endearment. It is after all the 60's and the world is hardly easing into change of attitude toward war, personal rights, personal freedoms and the mixing of the races. Other notable cast members include: Clifton Davis, Ben Vereen and William R. Moses.


Like another reviewer on the website, I too was present at this movies "Premiere." Mine was in Indianapolis at the Heartland Film Festival which I was covering for my school news paper, "The Indiana Daily Student." This took place in October 2001, so it was the official Premiere, so poo on the other person who said theirs was.

I was supposed to review this new feature, but sadly I could not. The gracious hosts of the Festival gave me free passes to the Showing and the afterparty. So when I discovered that the film was insultingly manipulative I decided I should keep my opinions to myself.

The poor quality of this picture is astonishing. The story is cliched, the black protagonists of course have to be saved by the white protagonists. The dialogue is laughable and I've seen more emotional performances by the Muppets (Seriously, go check out Tiny Tim's death in the Muppet Christmas Carol... its a tear-jerker).

Anyways, a good love story, this is not... a good coming of age story, this is not... a good film about race, this is not. A good film? This is NOT! But then again what would you expect from a director who's most distinguished previous credit was being Associate Special Effects producer on Star Trek First Contact!


I *have* to see plausibility in a film. even sci-fi stuff with half-man half-beast stuff has some plausibility what with DNA tampering possible.

but this cliché laden namby pamby cutesy thing is the first time I give a NEGATIVE number on the plausibility meter.

rich white guys from the south don't marry their servant's black daughters no matter how good looking they sound and look. and they don't get shipped off to Vietnam and get shot rescuing an orphan. if they're in Vietnam, THEY'RE the one barking the orders having graduated from ROTC.

and rich southern gentry don't will their vast art collection to former black employees either.

I just couldn't get past all this ridiculousness to see any poignancy in the film. way too much hooey to see any 'message'.


I loved this movie not only because it was about two people who chose love over everything else. I also liked that it exposed the hidden racism that far too many people still have on both sides. I am both black and white so I understand the hidden prejudices on both sides.

The fact that they were black and white wasn't the point to me. The actor who played the black driver did a wonderful job, I liked and believed this role that showed what he was made of. After saving the boys life he became a father figure to the young man. Randy found himself in this new world where love was more abundant and more important than money.

I lived during this era and many have forgotten just how far apart people were. This movie made me and many other weep. So I vote with the majority and say this was a great movie.