1982 (2013 film)

1982 is a 2013 American drama film written and directed by Tommy Oliver and starring Hill Harper.[1] It is Oliver's directorial debut.[2] The film is also semi-autobiographical.[3]

Directed byTommy Oliver
Produced byTommy Oliver
Written byTommy Oliver
Music byJohn Jennings Boyd
CinematographyDaniel Vecchione
Edited byTovah Leibowitz
Tommy Oliver
Black Squirrel Films
Confluential Films
Distributed byCodeBlack Entertainment
Release date
  • September 8, 2013 (2013-09-08) (Toronto)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States


Philadelphia 1982 ; Tim Brown walks in the kitchen to Shenae washing dishes. He wraps his arms around her while saying “Scrapple” to their daughter Maya. Maya responses saying “with ice cream too” handing her dad a dish rag while saying “ice cream too, yay” and running out the kitchen. Tim says to Shenae “food was amazing babe” Shenae responds by mentioning she spoke to Tim’s mom but in fact she only called and take to Maya. Tim leaves the kitchen after being shocked that his mom and Shenae spoke but Shenae mentions she spoke to Maya. Later on that night The family played Scrapple and Shenae states how does Maya know so many words especially such as Panacea and she goes to define the word for her mom before her dad puts her in bed to say goodnight and puts change him her Michaelangelo bank. Next day, Maya is talking to Micah about the ball some men took from her. She attempts to take the ball back but the keep it from her and the little boy. Alonzo starts walking over to them and tells one of men to give the ball back ; the guy asks why and he repeats “give them the ball back” The man gives the ball to Maya and says he was just playing as Maya walks away. Alonzo then grabs the man and say don’t make me have to ask you to do something twice and burns his face with the cigarette he was smoking. Alonzo then ask the rest of the guys if they have anything else to say no one says anything. Back at the house Shenae is cleaning and Tim decides to put on a record by The Stylistics. While the record is playing Tim calls out to Shenae while she is in the kitchen. She says what walking to the room he was in and he insist they dance together in the living room. He tells her he has tickets for Breakwater,Frankie Smith, and Pieces of a Dream at 7pm but she’s declines and saying she is going out with Neecys instead. Maya walks in and starts to go upstairs but Tim tells her to come sit and talk with him. He then ask about the book she is reading. Maya mentions The Iliad she misplaced it however states how she likes it a lot while her mom Shenae walks in interrupting their talk for a kiss. Maya kisses her mom and goes up stairs. Tim starts to record Shenae with a tape recorded and she mentioned how she hates that thing and Tim stops. Tim and Scoop are leaving work and Scoop asked Tim for a ride , Tim takes him to his house. Shenae is braiding Mayas hair where they run into Shenae outside after she tells Maya she is done. Maya ask to go outside and that’s where she runs into Alonzo saying he has a lollipop for her , Maya says bye and leaves after Shenae tells her too. Shenae ask Alonzo why he was at her house he states he was checking in on her. He then hands her heroin in a dime bag. Tim pulls up with Scoop; Tim ask Shenae who was that ; referring to Alonzo walking off. Ignoring the question she ask why Scoop was there at their house. Scoop Shenae ignores the question by telling Scoop “you know that’s why I don’t like you”. Scoop states how he doesn’t like her either then tells Tim bye and walks away. Shenae tells Tim is mother calls while he walks in the house not before asking what’s for dinner. Shenae replies she doesn’t know and sits on the steps outside staring at the small bag of drugs. Later that night Shenae is crying on the sofa holding a small teddy bear as Maya walks down the stairs she asked her mom if she is okay Shenae wipes her tears and says she’s fine and holds Maya. Maya asked her if she wants her to sing a song. Maya starts singing to her mom. Week 2 Shenae comes in at 7am and wakes Tim he tells her it’s 7o’clock asking where she was lastnight she replies Neecys. Tim knocks on Necey’s door in angrily asking her did his wife sleep at her house lastnight. She first says no and then he walks away a she says yes she left that morning. Tim goes through the motions waiting for Shenae to get home and she mentioned she was at Neecys and he ask her about the guy that she was talking to the other day she says no and goes to pack her things mentioning she’s going to Neecys. She runs into Maya in her way out and states they both needed a scrabble rematch Saturday at 2. Unfortunately Saturday came and Shenae never showed up. Tim told her Shenae was helping Neecy while she was sick and he got her Jim’s cheesesteak.



The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and made its multi-platform release on March 2016.[2]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 75% based on 8 reviews, and an average rating of 7.1/10.[4]

Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review and wrote, "Suitably low-key but sometimes under-realized, this drama is fueled by its working-class milieu and a heart-wrenching performance by Hill Harper."[5]

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  1. ^ Blay, Zeba (13 September 2013). "TIFF 2013 Reviews – Tommy Oliver's Debut '1982' Provides A Platform For Hill Harper To Shine". Indiewire. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Obenson, Tambay A. (21 December 2015). "Tommy Oliver's Feature Debut '1982' Gets a Trailer + Release Date (Hill Harper, Sharon Leal Star)". Indiewire. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  3. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (9 September 2013). "Toronto: CAA Signs '1982' Helmer Tommy Oliver". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ "1982 (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  5. ^ Linden, Sheri (16 February 2014). "1982: Santa Barbara Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 September 2016.

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