Danny Glover plays the mysterious Harry Mention, a charming trickster who invades the life of a family and who claims to have (and may very well have) a connection to dark powers. In any case, his presence sows dissent among a patriarch (Paul Butler) and his offspring, the latter more interested in the legacy of mystical wisdom Harry may represent. Based on stories of superstition he heard in youth, writer-director Charles Burnett's film is a fine and funny accomplishment that intersects dream time and linear time, and it has the heart of a folk tale.
Won: Special Jury Recognition, 1990 Sundance Film Festival; Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Glover), Best Supporting Actress (Ralph), 1991 Independent Spirit Awards
A tantalizing study of the haunting effect of the past on the present.