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First Time Felon (1997)

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

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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 ...
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Robin Michelle McClamb ...
Greg's Mother (as Robin Vaughn)
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Hogan
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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)  »

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Das Camp - Nur die Stärksten kommen durch  »

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McBride: Do you think every time you have a problem with a fellow worker you have the right to resort to violence?
Greg YanceTyrone: No Ma'am!
McBride: Do you think you have to fall in love and marry everyone that you work with?
Greg YanceTyrone: No Ma'am!
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Down de Road
Written by Dion Parson
Performed by Marc Cary
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Watchable But Doesn't Sustain The Excellent Opening
19 June 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Greg Yance finds himself busted for drugs and is sentenced to five years without parole . At his trial he is given a choice between serving his sentence in a tough penitentiary or to be sent to a tough boot camp

As soon as the opening sequence rolled I came on to this page only to find it's a TVM . Oh dear not doubt a PG cert , a sort of disease of the week movie for homeboys . Quickly it became clear this was a HBO production with graphic language . The fact is I'm a big fan of HBO drama OZ and the first fifteen minutes played out like that classic show as Greg Yance finds himself quite literally having to fight for his life in an uncaring and brutal prison system

Yance is given a choice of staying in the state pen or shipping out to a tough boot camp . You do think that in that case we'll be watching a sort of civilian version of FULL METAL JACKET . Rules are rules and somewhat strangely the rules of the camp involve no swearing . This means the film is conspicuous by missing a Sgt Hartman type character full of highly quotable foul mouthed language

FIRST TIME FELON is certainly more enjoyable and impressive than a lot of TVMs I've seen and his competently directed by Charles S Dutton and competently acted by a mainly black cast . The problem is that the early sequences are so impressive the rest of the film doesn't sustain the hard hitting drama the story is capable of and becomes a bit too preachy the more it continues


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