Harlem Aria (1999)

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An aspiring opera singer from Harlem teams up with a charismatic busker and a kindhearted hustler to share his voice with the world, and teaches his two newfound friends the importance of taking your destiny into your own hands. Anton (Gabriel Casseus) lives in Harlem with his aunt. He dreams of moving to Italy and becoming a famous opera singer, and though he's been blessed with a magnificent singing voice, his passion has made him an outsider in his neighborhood. Running away from home, Anton meets passionate street pianist Matthew (Christian Carmago) and together the two begin drawing large, appreciate crowds on the street. Working the crowd as they do their thing is Wes (Damon Wayans), whose natural charm always gets the cash flowing. And while life on the streets is never easy, Anton, Matthew, and Wes soon discover that by following their dreams, they may find a means of transforming their lives forever.

Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 10% / Audience 44%

Rated R,  1 hr 40 mins

GENRES
Drama
DIRECTION
William Jennings
CAST
Damon Wayans  •  Gabriel Casseus  •  Christian Camargo  •  Malik Yoba

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CAST & CHARACTERS
Damon Wayans Wes
Gabriel Casseus Anton
Christian Camargo Matthew
Malik Yoba Luke
Paul Sorvino Fabiano Grazzi
Kristen Wilson Julia
Eyde Byrde Auntie
Nicole Ari Parker Clarisse
Fenton Lawless Sergeant Scanlon
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Manny