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First Time Felon (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  6 September 1997 (USA)
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Inspired by the true story of Greg Yance. In the film, Yance (Epps) is a hood who goes to jail for possession of drugs. He is given a choice: 5 years in jail or a couple of months in boot ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Greg Yance
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Calhoun
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McBride
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Tyrone (as Treach)
Justin Pierce ...
Eddie
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Sharon
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Pookie (as Jo. D. Jónz)
Badja Djola ...
Disciple Leader
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Robin Michelle McClamb ...
Greg's Mother (as Robin Vaughn)
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Laverne
Kristen Jones ...
Crystal
Byron Altman ...
Pookie's Killer
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Johnny the Farmer
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Inspired by the true story of Greg Yance. In the film, Yance (Epps) is a hood who goes to jail for possession of drugs. He is given a choice: 5 years in jail or a couple of months in boot camp. He chooses boot camp and finds out it is tougher than he thought it would be. He braves it through and comes home a better man. He then has to deal with the real world, and never gives up no matter what the odds. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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There's his way or the hard way. One guard. One inmate. One chance for redemption.

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Rated R for strong language, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »
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6 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Camp - Nur die Stärksten kommen durch  »

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Quotes

Tyrone: Fu, fu, fu, FUCK CALHOUN!
[Fellow inmates laugh and giggle in agreement]
Calhoun: [Door swings open fast, lights turn on] Everybody on their feet!
[Inmates do so]
Calhoun: [Goes to one inmate] Who wants to fuck Calhoun, you?
Inmate 1: No, No Sir.
Calhoun: [Goes to another inmate] You wanna fuck Calhoun?
Inmate 2: No Sir!
Calhoun: [Goes to Tyrone] How bout you? You wanna fuck Calhoun?
Tyrone: No Sir!
[...]
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Down de Road
Written by Dion Parson
Performed by Marc Cary
Courtesy of Arabesque Recordings
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A SMALL GEM OF A MOVIE!!!
19 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

A movie provides entertainment,FTF told a real story realistically. I missed the beginning credits so didn't know what it was about till I saw Epps and knew it couldn't be something ordinary.

First Time Felon doesn't rush along because its' story isn't one to be rushed, critics call it slow, I call it insightful.

The hood trying to give up his "hood" has a tough time because he's become a fencesitter in the eyes of all. He's not accepted by society for being honest about his conviction neither is he one of the boys because he's seen the end of that road and this is depicted harshly when Pookie is blown away right next to him, that could have been him and for a minute his own existence was in the balance.

Greg Yance's story is deeply moving in an "it could happen to you" kind of way and you get pulled in like one of the comments said, it holds you right through and I found myself rooting for Yance when he hit the streets again and again, his Mum's support was instrumental in keeping him going,I didn't find it mushy in the least.

Omar Epps is a multi talented actor who delivers every time. This is one of his finest performances till date.

A 7/10


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