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Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire)

Lee Daniels Entertainment in association with Smokewood Entertainment ; directed by Lee Daniels ; screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher ; produced by Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness ; executive producers, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Lisa Cortés, Tom Heller ; presented by Lionsgate, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry ; director of photograph...
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
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, who 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.
Director
Lee Daniels
Performers
Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe, Stephanie Andujar, Chyna Layne, Amina Robinson, Xosha Roquemore, Angelic Zambrana, Aunt Dot, Nealla Gordon, Grace Hightower, Barret Isaiah Mindell, Kimberly Russell, Bill Sage, Susan Taylor.
Release Date
2009
Run Time
109 min.
Language
English dialogue with optional English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Rating
MPAA rating: R; for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language
Notes
  • Based upon the book "Push", a novel by Sapphire.
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 2009.
  • Opening credits mirror its main character's illiteracy by misspelling the title, which is given as "Precious (Base on Nol by Saf)" with the correction "(Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire)" underneath.
  • 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; theatrical trailer.
Uniform Title
Precious (Motion Picture)
Variant Title
Push
Precious (base on nol by saf)
Precious
Awards Note
Academy Awards, 2009: Best Picture, Best actress (Mo'Nique), and best director ; Golden Globe Winner, Best supporting actress, Monique, Best Picture Drama, Best Actress Drama, Gabourey Sidibe ; Best Picture of 2009, Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Edition
Widescreen
Contents
  • Someday
  • Principal's office
  • Each one teach one
  • Big day tomorrow
  • First day
  • Still hungry
  • You coming?
  • Meet and greet
  • Single step
  • All look the same
  • Eat it up
  • Home life
  • For the social worker
  • Talk to somebody
  • Higher learning
  • Nurse John
  • Dear Precious
  • Can I hold him?
  • Ruined my life
  • Just a teacher
  • Making progress
  • Visitor
  • Your story
  • On her own.
Credits
Co-executive producer, Simone Sheffield ; co-producer, Mark G. Mathis ; editor, Joe Klotz ; music by Mario Grigorov ; music supervisor, Lynn Fainchtein ; production designer, Roshelle Berliner ; costume designer, Marina Draghici.
Published
Santa Monica, California : Lionsgate Films Inc. : Push Pictures, LLC, [2010]
Publisher no.
27239 Lionsgate
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Description
1 videodisc (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD format; NTSC, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 EX surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.
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