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Thoughts on BET's Original Movie 'Gun Hill' (Starring Larenz Tate, Emayatzy Corinealdi) After Last Night's Debut?

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 2, 2014 6:52 PM
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Larenz Tate in BET Original Movie 'Gun Hill'
Larenz Tate in BET Original Movie 'Gun Hill'

Last night, Wednesday, July 2, at 9pm ET/PT, BET Networks premiered the original movie, "Gun Hill," staring Larenz Tate, and directed by Reggie "Rock" Bythewood ("Biker Boyz").

In the film, Tate portrayed twin brothers, Trane and Bird, on opposite sides of the law: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con. On one fateful night in New York City, Trane is killed. Bird assumes his identity and begins his own search for redemption. 

The film also featured Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michael Aronov, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Tawny Cypress and Aisha Hinds.

Consider it a backdoor pilot, as "Being Mary Jane" was for the network; Essentially, an audience "test' to determine whether to order it to series. So one can assume that if last night's ratings are strong (we haven't seen the numbers yet), and BET brass is convinced there's sufficiently enough interest in it as a series, then, like "Being Mary Jane," it'll become a series. This would explain the film's abrupt ending last night, leaving some wondering whether there would be a part 2. It was likely meant to be a cliffhanger, leaving you anticipating  what might be to come, in the form of a series.

Jai reviewed the film for S&A last fall, after its premiere at the Urbanworld Film Festival last year. In short, she dug it. Read her thoughts here, and then return to share yours in the comment section below.

Here's a preview of what you missed if you didn't watch it (I assume BET will air it again in the near future):

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303 Comments

  • Jay | September 1, 2014 1:11 PMReply

    Just watched it on netflix! Great movie. Awaiting the continuence.

  • Mesa | August 31, 2014 10:53 PMReply

    Absolutely adore Lorenz Tate!! He has always been a favorite. Just caught the movie on Netflix and it left me wanting to see more. #Great movie #Lorenz still got it #Please turn Gun Hill into a series!!

  • Netta | August 30, 2014 5:41 PMReply

    I really enjoyed this movie. Lorenz Tate still got it! I am anxious for the second part or the series! Bring it on!

  • Lisa | August 28, 2014 12:42 AMReply

    Really need to make a series or at least give us the second half. This was an amazing movie, I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Larenz really did his thing and I am looking forward to seeing more of this.

  • Tara | August 23, 2014 8:58 AMReply

    I loved it. I loved the cliff hanger at the end. I also loved the fact that there was little cursing and nudity. I liked the plot of Mary Jane but its over the top for me with all the sex. Can't wait to see 2nd part of Gun Hill. I was excited to see it on Netflix.

  • TL | August 22, 2014 10:14 PMReply

    Great Movie! Watched it on Netflix. I would have rated it a 5 but the ending leaves you hanging for more, and I have a love/hate disposition with conclusions that need to be continue. Like many others; I instantly got on-line looking for part 2. It is gratifying to see a movie that is not cluttered with profanity and nudity. Good acting does not require it. All of these actors and actress did their thing. Congrats! Now bring on part 2.

  • PB | August 23, 2014 11:05 PM

    Ditto!!! I am searching all over the web looking for part 2! Which brother was he after????? Can't wait for the series!

  • shawni | August 21, 2014 6:28 PMReply

    Loved the first one can't wait to see the 2nd one

  • Bossladi | August 19, 2014 10:35 PMReply

    Yes I'm waiting on this I really liked it Plz bring the rest with lest commercials

  • keia | August 19, 2014 5:08 PMReply

    Loved it! Have been searching to find out when the sequel is coming out ready to find out who those killers are and if anyone besides their mom will notice he's the twin!

  • Kenyetta | August 19, 2014 12:13 AMReply

    Wow This is A great MOVIE!!!! and it had hardly any cursing in it . Where is part 2!!!???

  • Sandra | August 17, 2014 11:55 PMReply

    Enjoyed it better than Being Mary Jane , I love watching L.T

  • crawch | August 16, 2014 2:29 PMReply

    Just finished watching gun hill on netflix. Great movie, very intriguing. I found myself instantly on google right afterwards looking for the part 2. I can't wait to find out who the guys with the neck tattoos are.

  • kay | August 15, 2014 9:08 PMReply

    I actual stumble on this movie on Netflix, man.. I am so mad that I could not find it anywhere. I look all over the internet, seires , movie it doesn't matter do it already! It's the best I've seen in a long time and my man Laurenz Tate is starring come on with it!!!!!!!

  • OldWhiteCracker | August 15, 2014 1:05 AMReply

    Best movie I've seen in a long time! The Ending had me go searching for Part 2 Right away! Sadly I guess something's are best left to the imagination. Most sequels I've seen didn't live up to the original movie, yet Gun Hill left me wishing there was a Part 2 or that it might become a series.
    *Make the Sequel already, will ya?!!* :)

  • Tawanna Age | August 14, 2014 9:28 PMReply

    We are all LT fans in my family !!! We were told to watch this by a friend named Allen. He was going to get beat up by LT and was happy about that :)... I watched this with my husband we loved it. We were unaware of LT being a twin in this movie. We have 12 year old identical twin boys after watching it, I could not wait for our boys to watch it. I wanted to see the reaction of my twins when LT tied the sewer top to his bro. My boys loved it, but they were both questioning one another by the time the sewer top scene was near. U got a wide eye opener from the two of them. We love U LT give us more, more.... Oh yes, and which dude was Allen was he the guy LT beat up on the fence in the white T ?

  • chad | August 14, 2014 4:39 AMReply

    Well defined plot and climax. Unlike everyone else I hope u guys do that turn this into a series full of commercial interruptions....... gives us a part 2 and 3 as a full length feature film. Nice work. And I will be sure to put this on a few of my blog sites as well as eblast it out to my companies email listserv. Netflix movie selection is redundant. .... This was a nice surprise..... keep up the great work.... nothing but love and support my way. I've been down with larenz since I can remember....... give us movies not a series...........lol

  • Jay B | August 12, 2014 3:24 PMReply

    I just saw this movie and I really like it there is nothing out there like this when will part 2 be out good work on this keep them coming.

  • Kayla | August 12, 2014 1:09 AMReply

    I just stumbled upon this great movie on netflix but was very upset that there isn't a part 2 yet goodness gracious do it already I can't wait to see it

  • DB | August 11, 2014 8:12 PMReply

    Great movie not a lot of this type are written and well directed two thumbs up apart two a must good job Reggie Rock

  • valencia Lewis | August 11, 2014 6:23 PMReply

    I loved this movie!!! It was very interesting. It had me craving more at the end. I would really like to see this become a tv series very soon!

  • Amina | August 11, 2014 2:05 PMReply

    I really enjoyed this movie. Larenz Tate did a great job! However he doesn't get all the credit because the writer/writers and other actors/actress' did a great job too. I truly hope the show is picked up or there is at least a sequel. I would definitely be tuned in every week!

  • KT | August 11, 2014 11:47 AMReply

    Ran across this movie on Netflix with the hubster and we both really really loved the movie. Lorenz Tate was phenomenal as were all the actors/actresses. I really appreciate the fact that the actors and actresses are not the same recycled ones that play in everything, it's nice to see new talent! Great casting, great story line, fantastic movie. Please give us a series!!!!! When the series does come out, please market it because I never heard of this movie, I just stumbled on it. Great job BET! Keep it coming.

  • Rosemary | August 17, 2014 1:16 PM

    I really loved the movie, and then to be continued really makes me mad. I want more of Gun Hill. DO IT! Please.

  • marchelia hallmon | August 10, 2014 11:07 PMReply

    Just finished watching Gun Hill on Netflix, and I really enjoyed it. Larenz Tate was excellent in his dual roles. Hope to see more soon. Thank you!

  • ms ross | August 10, 2014 10:09 PMReply

    The movie was excellent , LT was excellent and if BET does nothing else it must make a part two to this

  • Jonathan Lamboy | August 10, 2014 11:05 AMReply

    Seen this movie on Netflix weeks ago and enjoyed it very much and ever since then ive been trying to find out when there will be more.. glad to see LT back on screen very good actor... can't wait for series or pt 2

  • Jonquil Griffin | August 9, 2014 6:08 PMReply

    I liked it!!! And yes the anticipation for part 2 is there. Can I get a part or a series or something. Y'all are wrong for ending it that way... Grrrrr

  • Anne | August 8, 2014 2:28 PMReply

    Gun Hill, Continue this,part II, or series' it was well written, Larenz Tate
    Was great, good plot, it needs to be continued!! Don't leave the fans hanging :-)

  • Reggie Rock | August 8, 2014 10:43 PM

    Fan support has and continues to make a difference. I mean, you guys are seriously making noise. Thank you. We have reason to be confident.

  • Yoyo the yoyoman | August 7, 2014 3:04 PMReply

    Give us a part two, Larenz Tate could even carry a series of it

  • Reggie Rock | August 8, 2014 10:49 PM

    Thank you. Greatly appreciated. You are 100% right.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • I dont sell yoyo's i just say yo alot | August 7, 2014 3:08 PM

    netflix is great like this, all these people now asking for part two.

  • Pumpkin | August 6, 2014 11:29 AMReply

    Part 2 Please

  • Reggie Rock | August 8, 2014 10:51 PM

    Thanks for casting your vote!

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Lanco | August 5, 2014 4:40 AMReply

    This movies to good for there to not be a part two. They need to make a part 2 ASAP lol

  • Reggie Rock | August 8, 2014 10:52 PM

    Thanks, Lanco.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Anaking | August 4, 2014 10:50 AMReply

    When does part 2 come out? This movie came out in 2011.. So part 2 IS LONG OVER•DUE! Like seriously.

  • Reggie Rock | August 8, 2014 11:43 PM

    Movie was made in 2011. Did not air until 2014. But you're right. Long over due. Creative team is fired up. Larenz is fired up. Viewers have a lot to do with that. Thanks. Update you as soon as we can.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • zee | August 3, 2014 1:52 PMReply

    awesome movie!! unexpected plot. larenz tate is a great actor!!!

  • cheryl | August 3, 2014 12:57 PMReply

    I enjoyed the movie, decent plot. I really wanted to understand who Trane and Bird were as individuals prior to the infamous meeting. Seeing the to be continued at the end made me wonder if I had missed part 2. I immediately went online to see when part aired or if I could find part 2 online. If this is indeed an effort at a test pilot, the fact that we're blogging or commenting about it says a great deal. Hope to see at least a part 2 even if it's not slated to area as a series.

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:01 AM

    Hey, Cheryl. You know, I had not done TV since NY Undercover. I've been doing features since then. I realized, I had to discipline myself in the pilot by holding back some information. Not giving it all away all up front in one episode (which is obviously different from film). I needed to give myself as a writer, somewhere to go. There is an incredible back story with Bird and Trane. I respect what you're saying and I look forward to peeling back the layers for you throughout more episodes. We have had meetings and conversations, largely sparked by viewer support. We are very encouraged. For now, thanks for the feedback and thanks for checking out Gun Hill.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Samuel Knoght | August 2, 2014 12:46 PMReply

    Loved it!!!

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:02 AM

    Thanks. I appreciate that.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Marcus | August 2, 2014 11:41 AMReply

    Great movie. ...I really liked it....will watch it over and over. ....Dr it and I loved it..

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:03 AM

    Thank you!

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Danu | August 2, 2014 2:19 AMReply

    Great movie.... Felt like a piece of O-Dog was resurrected. Great seeing LT on the screen again!
    It would make a great series.... Or at least a part II... It did say TO BE CONTINUED

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:05 AM

    Yeah, Larenz has crazy chops. You are right. It did say continued...

    Update you ASAP.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Octavia | August 1, 2014 6:44 PMReply

    I watched on Netflix a couple of dats ago and I am hooked. Great plot and well rounded actors. Much blessings. Hope that BET picks it uo for a series.

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:07 AM

    Thanks, Octavia! Greatly appreciated.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Faeza Mathews | August 1, 2014 4:00 PMReply

    Pleasssssse make a SEQUEL!!!!! I need to know the ending!!!!

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:09 AM

    Yes, you really do,
    Thanks for casting your vote.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Vanessa Farr | July 29, 2014 8:50 PMReply

    Thought it was a wonderful movie with Larenz Tate being his usual awesome self. It was two-fold for me. I got to see the gangsters that he does so well but tempered with the kindness of the good brother. The appropriate brother showed up at the appropriate time. Well done from the script to the direction and last but certainly NOT least, the acting on all parts. I would love to see a movie where all two brothers make it to the end.

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:17 AM

    Thank you Vanessa. I appreciate the kind words about the script and the direction. However, you are 100% right about my cast. They rocked. I know I was very fortunate to have them.

    Thank you.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • David | July 29, 2014 7:45 PMReply

    Bad ass movie! There must be a sequel regardless if they make it a series or not. Don't leave the fans hanging!

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:18 AM

    Bet. Gotcha.

    Thanks.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Latrice | July 28, 2014 11:37 PMReply

    This was a GREAT show & it had me wanting more.So come on with the series.

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:19 AM

    Thanks for casting that vote! Thanks for support.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Mary | July 28, 2014 7:09 PMReply

    I just seen it on Netflix and it is a good show. Yes BET need to make series or do the second half of the show. I will be waiting.

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:20 AM

    Thanks, Mary.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • IDream | July 28, 2014 12:56 PMReply

    Loved it...

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:21 AM

    I/we greatly appreciate it.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Dori | July 28, 2014 10:56 AMReply

    Just watch this on Netflix!! I thought it was great!!! I want to see what happens next!!!! Please please bring the sequel or make it into a series!!! I also miss seeing Larenz Tate on screen so thanks for starring him. Definitely a great screening!!! And I hope everyone checks out Hidden Colors 3($30 on video on Amazon) and Dear White People (in theaters October 2014). I'm out!!!

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:22 AM

    Thank you.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • shawn | July 28, 2014 3:10 AMReply

    Great movie! Just so happens stumbles upon this on Netflix. .and I loved EVERY min of it! Kept me om the edge of my seat the whole time. To be continued...ugh!!!

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:25 AM

    Thank you very much for watching. Glad you stumbled across it and took the time to write in.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Steve | July 28, 2014 1:15 AMReply

    Absolutely a winner! LT, missed and glad to see him hold it down...Certainly there should be a sequel and or series!

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:26 AM

    Thanks, Steve! Appreciate it.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Lekeisha | July 28, 2014 12:02 AMReply

    Great movie! BET please make this a series! Larenz Tate is a great actor and sexy too!

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:31 AM

    Thanks for casting your vote. Makes a difference.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • KS | July 27, 2014 9:13 PMReply

    It's winner. I love seeing Larenz back on the screen. Good storyline, actors, and action. How can the network NOT make this into a series!

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:32 AM

    Thank you, KS.

  • Kia | July 27, 2014 8:28 PMReply

    I love it, please make it a series or at least full fledge movie.

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:34 AM

    Thanks for your support. Hope to serve up your request soon.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Angel | July 27, 2014 4:06 PMReply

    I loved it I want to see more

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:37 AM

    Thanks, Angel. Means a lot to us.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Deana | July 27, 2014 3:05 AMReply

    I thought Gun Hill was great. Very surprising, emotional and excellent acting by Larenz Tate. It would be great to have a sequel but even better to have a serious,I really hope it gets turned into the series.

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:40 AM

    Thanks, Deanna. Thanks for taking the time to write in. Yeah, Larenz put in some work.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Kerri | July 27, 2014 1:20 AMReply

    Just watched on Netflix and loved it, but was disappointed with the 'to be continued' part. While I understand this was a 'test' to see if a series might be possible, I certainly hope that if a series isn't developed that there is at least a Part 2 to finish/complete the story.

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:41 AM

    I hear you, Kerri. And thanks for writing in.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • angei | July 27, 2014 12:05 AMReply

    Two words
    Love Larenz!

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:45 AM

    I'm glad I cast that brother.

    Thanks.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • marlo | July 26, 2014 9:45 PMReply

    I'd like to see the second part air and was very interesting and I can't stand when any good show ends without the full story being told and it would be a shame if it happened in this case

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:46 AM

    Agreed. thank you.

  • tanisha | July 26, 2014 3:53 PMReply

    Loved it needs part to if it don't pick up on bet take it to netflicks its a goodstory

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:47 AM

    Thank you. Thanks for support.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

  • Anikia | July 26, 2014 1:00 PMReply

    Gun Hill Part 1 was excellent would like to see more soon!

  • Reggie Rock | August 9, 2014 12:50 AM

    Thank you for casting your vote! Thank you for watching.

    FB-Reggie Rock Bythewood-writer/director
    @RocktheFilm
    #GUNHILLBET

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