Lorraine Toussaint

Lorraine Toussaint is a Trinidadian-American actress and producer. Toussaint began her career in theatre before supporting performances in films such as Breaking In, Hudson Hawk, and Dangerous Minds.

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Blackout Effect (1998)

There has been a mid-air collision involving a passenger jet and a cargo flight, killing everyone aboard the two planes. The NTSB investigator in charge, whose girlfriend died in the crash, is puzzled. On one side, the air traffic controller claims he lost radar ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Bleckner
CAST:  Eric Stoltz  •  Charles Martin Smith  •  Leslie Hope  •  Denis Arndt

There has been a mid-air collision involving a passenger jet and a cargo flight, killing everyone aboard the two planes. The NTSB investigator in charge, whose girlfriend died in the crash, is puzzled. On one side, the air traffic controller claims he lost radar ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Bleckner
CAST:  Eric Stoltz  •  Charles Martin Smith  •  Leslie Hope  •  Denis Arndt

Dangerous Minds (1995)

Former Marine Louanne Johnson lands a gig teaching in a pilot program for bright but underachieving teens at a notorious inner-city high school. After having a terrible first day, she decides she must throw decorum to the wind. When Johnson returns to the classroom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John N. Smith
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  George Dzundza  •  Courtney B. Vance  •  Robin Bartlett

Former Marine Louanne Johnson lands a gig teaching in a pilot program for bright but underachieving teens at a notorious inner-city high school. After having a terrible first day, she decides she must throw decorum to the wind. When Johnson returns to the classroom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John N. Smith
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  George Dzundza  •  Courtney B. Vance  •  Robin Bartlett

Hudson Hawk (1991)

Eddie Hawkins, called Hudson Hawk has just been released from ten years of prison and is planning to spend the rest of his life honestly. But then the crazy Mayflower couple blackmail him to steal some of the works of Leonardo da Vinci. If he refuses, they threaten ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lehmann
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Danny Aiello  •  Andie MacDowell  •  James Coburn

Eddie Hawkins, called Hudson Hawk has just been released from ten years of prison and is planning to spend the rest of his life honestly. But then the crazy Mayflower couple blackmail him to steal some of the works of Leonardo da Vinci. If he refuses, they threaten ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lehmann
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Danny Aiello  •  Andie MacDowell  •  James Coburn

Point of No Return (1993)

Hardened criminal Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top-secret US government agent 'Bob' arranges a staged death, so Maggie can be elaborately trained as a phantom killer and subdued into obedience.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Bridget Fonda  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Miguel Ferrer

Hardened criminal Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top-secret US government agent 'Bob' arranges a staged death, so Maggie can be elaborately trained as a phantom killer and subdued into obedience.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Bridget Fonda  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Miguel Ferrer

Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darnell Martin
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Ruben Santiago-Hudson  •  Michael Ealy  •  Ruby Dee

A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darnell Martin
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Ruben Santiago-Hudson  •  Michael Ealy  •  Ruby Dee

The Cherokee Kid (1996)

Isaih Turner didn’t want to be a hero-all he wanted was revenge. Orphaned when both his parents were cruelly murdered by the wealthy and powerful Cyrus Bloomington, the young Isaiah grew up with one air in mind: to find the man who killed his folks and take him down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paris Barclay
CAST:  Sinbad  •  James Coburn  •  Burt Reynolds  •  A Martinez

Isaih Turner didn’t want to be a hero-all he wanted was revenge. Orphaned when both his parents were cruelly murdered by the wealthy and powerful Cyrus Bloomington, the young Isaiah grew up with one air in mind: to find the man who killed his folks and take him down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paris Barclay
CAST:  Sinbad  •  James Coburn  •  Burt Reynolds  •  A Martinez

Selma (2014)

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"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  André Holland

"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  André Holland

Nightjohn (1996)

John is a man of many talents, including one forbidden skill: he can read. When he teaches a young slave girl named Sarny to read and write, she learns an unforgettable lesson about the power of words and the true meaning of freedom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Burnett
CAST:  Beau Bridges  •  Carl Lumbly  •  Gerald Brown  •  Gabriel Casseus

John is a man of many talents, including one forbidden skill: he can read. When he teaches a young slave girl named Sarny to read and write, she learns an unforgettable lesson about the power of words and the true meaning of freedom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Burnett
CAST:  Beau Bridges  •  Carl Lumbly  •  Gerald Brown  •  Gabriel Casseus

Runaway Island (2015)

A group of troubled strangers looking to escape their woes end up sharing a transformational experience on an island steeped in African-American heritage and culture.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dianne Houston
CAST:  Lorraine Toussaint  •  Aisha Hinds  •  Thomas Q. Jones  •  Erica Tazel

A group of troubled strangers looking to escape their woes end up sharing a transformational experience on an island steeped in African-American heritage and culture.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dianne Houston
CAST:  Lorraine Toussaint  •  Aisha Hinds  •  Thomas Q. Jones  •  Erica Tazel

Middle of Nowhere (2012)

When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Maya Gilbert  •  Sharon Lawrence  •  Emayatzy Corinealdi

When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Maya Gilbert  •  Sharon Lawrence  •  Emayatzy Corinealdi

Jaded (1998)

When an innocent young girl finds herself befriended by two sexy, uninhibited girls at a small-town bar, she discovers that they have more planned than just a party-and she's central to the action.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Caryn Krooth
CAST:  Carla Gugino  •  Aida Turturro  •  Catherine Dent  •  Christopher McDonald

When an innocent young girl finds herself befriended by two sexy, uninhibited girls at a small-town bar, she discovers that they have more planned than just a party-and she's central to the action.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Caryn Krooth
CAST:  Carla Gugino  •  Aida Turturro  •  Catherine Dent  •  Christopher McDonald

It Was Him or Us (1995)

When her daughter's lover begins exhibiting signs of becoming a dangerous abuser, a mother attempts to intervene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Iscove
CAST:  Richard Grieco  •  Ann Jillian  •  Monique Lanier  •  Richard Masur

When her daughter's lover begins exhibiting signs of becoming a dangerous abuser, a mother attempts to intervene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Iscove
CAST:  Richard Grieco  •  Ann Jillian  •  Monique Lanier  •  Richard Masur

A Case of Deadly Force (1986)

Fact-based story about a 1975 cover-up of a shooting by two white members of the Boston Tactical Unit. While on stakeout on a suspected getaway car used in a armed robbery, the two gunned down a black man who entered the car. The two claimed the man had a gun and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Miller
CAST:  Richard Crenna  •  John Shea  •  Lorraine Toussaint  •  Francis X. McCarthy

Fact-based story about a 1975 cover-up of a shooting by two white members of the Boston Tactical Unit. While on stakeout on a suspected getaway car used in a armed robbery, the two gunned down a black man who entered the car. The two claimed the man had a gun and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Miller
CAST:  Richard Crenna  •  John Shea  •  Lorraine Toussaint  •  Francis X. McCarthy

Breaking In (1989)

Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Forsyth
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Casey Siemaszko  •  Sheila Kelley  •  Lorraine Toussaint

Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Forsyth
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Casey Siemaszko  •  Sheila Kelley  •  Lorraine Toussaint

America's Dream (1996)

Made especially for the HBO cable network, this well-wrought feature is comprised of three short stories by three noted black American authors, each of which is directed by a respected black director.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Duke  •  Kevin Rodney Sullivan  •  Paris Barclay
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Wesley Snipes  •  Lorraine Toussaint  •  Tate Donovan

Made especially for the HBO cable network, this well-wrought feature is comprised of three short stories by three noted black American authors, each of which is directed by a respected black director.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Duke  •  Kevin Rodney Sullivan  •  Paris Barclay
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Wesley Snipes  •  Lorraine Toussaint  •  Tate Donovan

Sad Inheritance (1993)

After filling her life with addictions, Christina (Susan Dey) is left with a dead-end job, a deadbeat boyfriend and a bad rapport with her mother (Piper Laurie). The last thing she needs is a baby, a sentiment the authorities agree with when the infant is born with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rod Hardy
CAST:  Susan Dey  •  Lorraine Toussaint  •  D.W. Moffett  •  Kathleen York

After filling her life with addictions, Christina (Susan Dey) is left with a dead-end job, a deadbeat boyfriend and a bad rapport with her mother (Piper Laurie). The last thing she needs is a baby, a sentiment the authorities agree with when the infant is born with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rod Hardy
CAST:  Susan Dey  •  Lorraine Toussaint  •  D.W. Moffett  •  Kathleen York

The Soloist (2009)

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A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Catherine Keener  •  Nelsan Ellis

A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Catherine Keener  •  Nelsan Ellis

If These Walls Could Talk (1996)

Three stories portray women coping with unplanned pregnancies in various social climates, the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s. In 1952 the newly widowed nurse Clare goes and sees a back-street abortionist in order to put an end to her pregnancy. After giving birth to three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cher  •  Nancy Savoca
CAST:  Demi Moore  •  Shirley Knight  •  Catherine Keener  •  Jason London

Three stories portray women coping with unplanned pregnancies in various social climates, the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s. In 1952 the newly widowed nurse Clare goes and sees a back-street abortionist in order to put an end to her pregnancy. After giving birth to three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cher  •  Nancy Savoca
CAST:  Demi Moore  •  Shirley Knight  •  Catherine Keener  •  Jason London

The Night Before (2015)

In New York City for their annual tradition of Christmas Eve debauchery, three lifelong best friends set out to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties since their yearly reunion might be coming to an end.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Levine
CAST:  Seth Rogen  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Lizzy Caplan  •  Anthony Mackie

In New York City for their annual tradition of Christmas Eve debauchery, three lifelong best friends set out to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties since their yearly reunion might be coming to an end.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Levine
CAST:  Seth Rogen  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Lizzy Caplan  •  Anthony Mackie

Love Beats Rhymes (2017)

A young woman dreams of making it big in the world of hip hop, but her parents demand that she finish her university degree. She dutifully agrees to complete her education, but her spoken word proves to have a powerful impact in the classroom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  RZA
CAST:  Hana Mae Lee  •  Common  •  Lorraine Toussaint  •  John David Washington

A young woman dreams of making it big in the world of hip hop, but her parents demand that she finish her university degree. She dutifully agrees to complete her education, but her spoken word proves to have a powerful impact in the classroom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  RZA
CAST:  Hana Mae Lee  •  Common  •  Lorraine Toussaint  •  John David Washington
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