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Go for Sisters is a 2013 crime drama, written and directed by John Sayles.[1] The title refers to the history of friendship between the two main characters: when they were in high school, the two African American women were so close they could "go for sisters".[2] Sayles shot the film in 19 days, using 65 locations, for under a million dollars. The DVD was released in August 2014 and features a Director's Commentary in which Sayles talks at length about the art and craft of guerrilla film making.

Go for Sisters
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Directed byJohn Sayles
Written byJohn Sayles
StarringEdward James Olmos
Lisa Gay Hamilton
Yolonda Ross
Music byMason Daring
CinematographyKathryn Westergaard
Edited byJohn Sayles
Anarchists' Convention
Olmos Productions
Go For Films
Distributed byCinema Management Group
Release date
  • March 11, 2013 (2013-03-11)
Running time
123 minutes
CountryUnited States



Bernice (Lisa Gay Hamilton) is a tough, no-nonsense parole officer whose son has gone missing. Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) is her old high school buddy whose brush with a possible parole violation lands her case on Bernice's desk. When Bernice discovers that her son is a possible murder suspect, she enlists Fontayne in a quest to rescue her son from what turns out to be Drug Lords and a Chinese Snakehead. Before they cross the border into Tijuana and Mexicali, Bernice also enlists the help of Freddy Suarez (Edward James Olmos), a disgraced myopic ex-cop, whose nickname used to be "The Terminator".

As the story unfolds, Mahershala Ali, Isaiah Washington and Harold Perrineau each deliver brief but plot-twisting cameos.


International distributionEdit

The International distribution rights are being licensed by Cinema Management Group [3]


Critical responseEdit

It has a rating of 72% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 53 critic reviews.[4] Film critic Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote in his review: "As a crime drama, Go for Sisters never gains traction. Like most of Mr. Sayles’s films, Go for Sisters has a sociopolitical subtext — in this case, suggested by Fontayne: How is a parolee to avoid breaking the law by associating with drug dealers in an environment where they’re everywhere? She is trapped on a lower rung of the economic ladder."[5]


  1. ^ "Go for Sisters". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Go For Sisters". Newcity Film. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  3. ^ "CMG acquires Go For Sisters – Go for Sisters". Screen Daily. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Go For Sisters". Rotten Tomatoes. United States: Fandango Media. November 10, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Sayles, John (November 7, 2013). "Old Friends Make a Deal and Try to Avoid the Devil". The New york Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved June 12, 2018.

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