Release dateDecember 25, 1975 (1975-12-25) CastMoses Gunn (Ike), Kevin Hooks (Aaron), Irene Cara (Angela), Robert Hooks (Beau), Leon Pinkney (Willie), Charles McGregor (Duke) Similar moviesPocahontas, The Wedding Planner, Black Dynamite, Coffy, Truck Turner, The Inglorious Bastards
TaglineA love story that is tough ... and tender!
Why aaron loves angela
Aaron Loves Angela is a 1975 American Soul Cinema Classic film written by Gerald Sanford and directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. This film stars Moses Gunn, Kevin Hooks and Irene Cara. Both Cara and Hooks made early film appearances in this piece. This is the final film that Gordon Parks, Jr. directed before his death on April 3, 1979.
Two teenagers living in the slums of New York City are deeply in love with each other. Angela (Irene Cara), who is Puerto Rican, falls in love with Aaron (Kevin Hooks), who is black. Their relationship is not approved by either of their parents; they rebel. They find out that the same prejudice is shared by their friends and neighbors.
Moses Gunn as Ike
Kevin Hooks as Aaron
Irene Cara as Angela
Robert Hooks as Beau
Ernestine Jackson as Cleo
Leon Pinkney as Willie
Wanda Velez as Carmen
Lou Quinones as Mike
Charles McGregor as Duke
José Feliciano (cameo appearance)
Walt Frazier (cameo appearance)
Andre La Corbiere as Ricardo
Norman Evans as Security Cop
Alex Stevens as Gino
William Graeff Jr. as Tony
The soundtrack was composed by José Feliciano and Janna Marlyn Feliciano, recorded and performed on the José Feliciano Album "Angela" for Private Stock Records. Forty years after being recorded, in 2016, the soundtrack was re-released for the first time for digital stores.
"Angela" (performed by José Feliciano)
"Sweet Street" (performed by José Feliciano)
"I've Got Feeling" (performed by José Feliciano)
"Nirvana Part 1 & 2" (performed by José Feliciano)
"Why?" (performed by José Feliciano)
"Michaelangelo" (performed by José Feliciano)
"Salsa Negra" (performed by José Feliciano)
"As Long as I Have You" (performed by José Feliciano)
Not included on the album but in the movie were:
"What I Wanna Do" (performed by José Feliciano)
(Both these songs were used as B-sides of the single, "Angela" in different territories)
In Latin countries, the single "Angela" included the same song sung in Spanish on the B-side, same version in Spanish was also part of the LP in those Latin countries like first song of b-side