Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is....Precious.
Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire

Friday, November 6, 2009 in 18 theaters
November 13, 2009 Limited
November 20, 2009 in 629 theaters
On Blu-ray & DVD
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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MPAA Rating
R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language.
1 hour, 49 minutes

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With sheer audacity and utter authenticity, director Lee Daniels tackles "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire" and creates an unforgettable film that sets a new standard for cinema of its kind. Precious Jones (Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her father's child - for the second time. She can't read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo'Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Precious's instincts tell her one thing: if she's ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources. Don't be misled - "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire" is not a film wallowing in the stillness of depression; instead, it vibrates with the kind of energy derived only from anger and hope. The entire cast are amazing; they carry out a firestorm of raw emotion. Daniels has drawn from them inimitable performances that will rivet you to your seat and leave you too shocked to breathe. If you passed Precious on the street, you probably wouldn't notice her. But when her story is revealed, as Daniels does in this courageous film, you are left with an indelible image of a young woman who - with creativity, humor, and ferocity - finds the strength to turn her life around.

Oscar Nominations of 2009:

  • Best Actress Supporting
  • Best Screeplay (Adapted)
  • Best Actress
  • Best Director
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Picture
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Additional Notes

  • Winner of the Dramatic Grand Jury and Audience Award Prizes for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.