Watch Halle Berry & Phylicia Rashad In New Trailer For 'Sybil'-Like Drama 'Frankie & Alice' (Opens 4/4)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
February 18, 2014 2:15 PM
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A film I'd pretty much written off for *dead* was resuscitated by Codeblack Films (a Lionsgate subsidiary) last year, when the company acquired North American distribution rights, for a spring 2014 release.

Leading up to that pick up last September, it had been a long while since Halle Berry's Sybil-like tale, Frankie & Alice, had been mentioned on this blog. Almost 3 years.

Codeblack announced that it will release the film on April 4, 2014, which is a Friday, meaning a theatrical run. It was originally set for a February 2011 release, after what was said to be a 1-screen Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles in December 2010. It didn’t garner Halle an Oscar nomination, but she was recognized by the Golden Globes for her performance (nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama)

After it didn't open as announced, in February 2011, I figured it would head straight to DVD, but it never did, and the film was forgotten, until almost 3 years later, when Codeblack rode in to save the day.

And 5 months since the announcement of that pick up, a brand new release trailer has been unveiled by Codeblack/Lionsgate, which is embedded below. Clearly, expectations are high for it, given the *grandness* of the cut.

Inspired by a true story, the drama centers around a young woman (Berry) with multiple personality disorder who struggles to cope with her disease. 

Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad, and Chandra Wilson also star in the film.

Berry also served as producer along with Vincent Cirrincione (Lackawanna Blues, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge).

“Halle Berry delivers a spellbinding performance in Frankie & Alice,” said Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan. “Codeblack is thrilled to bring this important film to theaters nationwide delivering on our commitment to bring more quality films to the marketplace.”

It's been a busy last 12 months for Codeblack; most recent releases for the company include Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, the romantic drama Things Never Said, starring Omari Hardwick and Shanola Hampton, and George Tillman, Jr.’s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, starring Jennifer Hudson. Up next, will be the thriller Repentance, starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan, which will be out next month.

Halle Berry's Frankie & Alice will open on April 42014.

Here's the brand new trailer:

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23 Comments

  • Lucy Parsons Haymarket Affair | February 22, 2014 7:53 AMReply

    There should be a database of screenplays with diverse characters where black females are (as CAREY CAREY says below): not maids, not streetwalkers, nor a white man's do girl (think Scandal)-- where they are: leads, diverse, complex, professional, etc...

  • The Bitch Pack | February 22, 2014 8:38 AM

    Go to thebitchpack-dot-com "The Diversity List"

  • elaina | February 20, 2014 2:34 PMReply

    I saw this movie when first talked about a couple years ago. The trailer is MAGIC, and makes the film look much more interesting than it actually is.

  • Shanae | February 20, 2014 7:57 AMReply

    I'm very excited about this film.

  • Joe H. | February 19, 2014 1:34 PMReply

    this looks incredible

  • Donella | February 19, 2014 11:36 AMReply

    I'm sold. I'm gonna watch as soon as possible.

  • Dave's Deluxe | February 19, 2014 2:09 AMReply

    Wait wait wait WHOA ho ho ho hold ON a second here, now... The above picture has CHANGED. Earlier today on this esteemed page, the above one-sheet had an image that focused on Ms. Berry's exquisite rear-end. The bootylicious. The money-maker. NOW there's some new, boring checkerboard picture. What gives, S&A? Why the editing? JUST WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE, PEOPLE? THE WHOLE DAMN SYSTEM IS OUT OF ORDER.

  • CC | February 19, 2014 6:23 AM

    My brother, being an ex-service man myself, I must confess, protecting one's freedom is the right thing to do... even if one is taken from the loving arms of his lady. So if one is required to sleep on the ground or in a lonely bunk (being apart from the real thang) there's absolutely nothing wrong with pinning up a delicious round mound of chocolate bliss (like Halle's or Nicki Minaj's or even Oprah's) that one can only dream about. Because, as I said, I was a fly boy (Air Force that is) I'm here to tell you, as the R&B duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell said "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing baby but for now this will have to do (or something like that).

    And yes, you got me, I'm all in for cuddling and candlelight dinners (at least in the dating stage. But when the honeymoon is over, at least once every 5 years) but romantic comedies... well... ahh... if that includes Madea's flicks, I've enjoyed a few. But hold up, in reference to fighting phallocentric patriarchal white male dominated institutionalized colonialism, I'll have to get back with you because I don't know what the hell you're talking about. But carry on soldier, it's all cool.

    Wait wait wait, let's get something straight before we call it goodnight. I am only referring to posters. That's right, there's nothing wrong with a single guy having that type of art in his home. But movies, I don't need naked ass in my movie watching experience.

  • Dave's Deluxe | February 19, 2014 4:57 AM

    Ohhh, okay, CC, *wink wink wink wink*, I understand: you're a "sensitive guy". You like "cuddling" and "candlelight dinners" and "romantic" "comedies". (Totally cool way to score babes, dude, I'm with you.) Yes, I TOO "cried" when watching the end of "The Best Man 2: Even Mo Better". (Or at least I will when I finally see it one of these days for free on cable.)

    Look, I'm down for my sisters when it's time to fight phallocentric patriarchal white male dominated institutionalized colonialism... but sometimes a brotha just likes lookin at Halle Berry's beautiful grown-woman booty. Hell, protecting that constitutional freedom is why my cousin First Pvt. Junebug fights overseas in the United States Marine Corp. Is that so wrong, fellow countrymen? IS THAT SO WRONG?

  • CC | February 19, 2014 3:47 AM

    BORING!? Man, look at those eyes, what are they saying? Well, I don't know about you but I hear them saying "ooh baby, I'm lonely and I'm ready... come closer, I need..."

    See Dave, real men don't need a rumb roosting on the fire to get the heart burning. The message is in the eyes. But you'll have to see the movie to get yo thrill, cuz S&A ain't tryin' to hear nothing about bootylicious moneymakers. This is a film blog, not a peep show.

  • Eli-7 | February 18, 2014 11:50 PMReply

    It does look like the may have edited it...the trailers look different then when it came out in 2011. There are parts in the original version that are dragged out..but that may have to do with all of the different 6-8 writers that had on it. The film is still meritorious.

  • Bforreal | February 18, 2014 11:50 PMReply

    Can't wait to finally see this!

  • CC | February 19, 2014 1:46 AM

    There you go BFORREAL and Roberto, forget about Halle's naysayers, throw your hands in the air and holler like we really do care!

  • Roberto | February 18, 2014 10:55 PMReply

    I saw the movie when it first came out, and it's a good film and performance by Halle. I know so many people who have seen this on bootleg though i'm not sure how it'll do in the theaters.

  • CareyCarey | February 18, 2014 9:40 PMReply

    WOW... did you hear that!? It's the constant roar of S&A's readers clamoring for more diverse roles starring black actresses. Well look no further, we have one. Halle is not a maid, streetwalker nor a white man's do girl (think Scandal) , she's playing the part of a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to cope with her disease. The last time I saw a black actress in a similar role was Diana Ross (1994) Out of Darkness. I don't think most of S&A's audience has seen that film, with the exception of Sergio, of course. Maybe he'll give us the "back story" of that movie? I don't know if he has seen it, but odds are, he has. Anyway, I caught it on YouTube about a month ago. Let me tell you, Diana Ross played the black professional woman suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, to a tee. In other words, she killed it - Oscar worthy. Now granted, schizophrenia is not the same as someone with multiple personalities, but when Diana's character (Paulie Cooper) wasn't under the siege of her illness, she was a completely different person, similar to Halle Berry's Sybil-like tale.

    So I am excited to see Ms. Berry bring us something different. Hey, Halle has proven (to me) that she can be quite convincing in dramatic roles. She has done so in The Call, Losing Asiah and The Things We Lost In The Fire (my personal favorite). So I look forward to an enjoyable, entertaining experience.

    So come on y'all, let's support those things we've been clamoring for... "more black faces in diverse roles".

  • CareyCarey | February 22, 2014 3:39 PM

    Okay ELI-7, I feel you, for what she was working with you'd file her performance as "good" not stellar nor meritorious.

    re: Cloud Atlas, it's one of my least favorite Halle Barry films. I believe Andy & Lana tried a little too hard. I was left with a sense of a B-League "Inception". And, I never really felt the connection between Halle and Tom Hanks. And-it-was-so-slooooooow. Well, too slow for me.

    re: The Call, ditto. Surprisingly decent - wacked ending. Again, my favorite is Things We Lost In The Fire. Good script, great acting, powerful messages.

    @ Donella, I believe there may have been a scene with her holding a knife. She did "go off" a few times.

  • Eli-7 | February 20, 2014 1:15 PM

    CareyCarey/CC her performance was good not stellar or meritorious in spite of creative, technical and financial challenges.Yes, her role was challenging playing a stripper with DID and 3 personalities-she did well in those parts .

    Is her role Oscar worth no, unless they did an excellent editing job on the slow pacing movie--it is a shame that that the film ran out of money when first released. Is the movie, 4 years too late as other sources are touting, hard to say. I still hope it does well.

    I thought she was great in Cloud Atlas, unfortunately all folks don't get the brilliance of Andy & Lana Wachowski.

    The Call was surprisingly a decent pix in the US /bombed oversees for a very low budget film.
    Halle was fine for most of the movie, but some of the plot, character development, storyline were flat and mad made parts of the movie unbelievable.

  • Donella | February 19, 2014 11:31 AM

    Is that the movie where Diana was thinking bad thoughts while holding a butcher knife?

  • CareyCarey | February 19, 2014 1:04 AM

    ELI-7, stripper and teenage domestic? Hmmm... well... I'm lost for words :-)

    I guess it's time I say one-step-at-a-time. And, the bottom line, overall it was a diverse character and a good performance (I'll take your word on that).

    That said, what in particular led you to believe it was a good performance?

  • Eli-7 | February 18, 2014 11:45 PM

    CareyCarey Halle Berry does play a stripper and her character was a teenage domestic in scenes in the movie. Saw the movie when it came out. Good performance by Halle in spite of script and financial problems with the movie. Hope resurrecting this film pays off for her.

  • Dave's Deluxe | February 18, 2014 3:59 PMReply

    Whoa. Codeblack knows how to serve Halle's audience: the focus of the one-sheet is on *dat ass*.

    I have no complaints.

  • justsaying | February 18, 2014 3:37 PMReply

    great, now actually watching the movie is unnecessary. pretty much told the whole story in the trailer.

  • ojie | February 18, 2014 3:25 PMReply

    Damn good trailer! Much better than the crappy first one! Im curious to see how it is pressed and how it does!

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