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Ill Gotten Gains (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, History  |  5 December 1997 (USA)
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WEST AFRICA 1869 - Slave trade is illegal. There is a revolt on a slave ship - twenty four men fight for their lives. Out-gunned, the revolt fails but a second uprising is planned.


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Jamillah Nicole ...
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Tony Torn ...
The Vet
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo ...
Claudia Robinson ...
Glen Beaudin


WEST AFRICA 1869 - Slave trade is illegal. There is a revolt on a slave ship - twenty four men fight for their lives. Out-gunned, the revolt fails but a second uprising is planned. Written by Man Wei Tam <>

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Rated R for brutal violence including rape, pervasive strong language and some sexual content




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Possibly the biggest waste of production money ever !!
14 November 2000 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I was an extra in this film (thankfully uncredited)- and at the time it seemed like a decent indie period film, but that was just the day I was working. A few years later, when this project actually surfaced in theaters, I took my wife to see it. She begged me to walk out with her, but the film student perseverence in me coerced me to stay and her as well. She will never let me forget that aweful night. Every time we see a bad Hollywood film, she always mentions that nothing could be worse than Ill Gotten Gains. It really astonishes me how investors will sink a few million into something as totally crappy as this. For an example, check out the "ships passing in the fog" scene. I'm sure many of us could have shot the same thing in our own bathtubs with old models we built as kids.

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