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Prison Song (2001)

R | | Drama | 27 April 2001 (USA)
A young man lives and learns while growing up on the street and in and out of correctional facilities.

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Elijah Dixon
Eric McCollum ...
Thomas Wilson (as Eric 'Ace Money' McCollum)
Denee Rivera ...
Jolie Martinez
Justin 'DJ' Spaulding ...
Young Elijah
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Officer McIntyre
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Harris
Bobbito Garcia ...
Brown (as 'Bobbito' Robert Garcia)
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Jay
Clay Da Raider ...
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Big Pete
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Uncle Cee
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C.O. Vilar (as Edil 'Casper' Martinez)
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Phone Kid
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A young man lives and learns while growing up on the street and in and out of correctional facilities.

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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexual content
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Film was originally intended to be a full-fledged musical, but this tested poorly with audiences, so most of the musical numbers - except the most essential to the story - were cut. This helps explain the mysterious appearance of Elvis Costello in two roles in which he does very little. See more »


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19 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Prison Song was a film that I unintentionally passed up since it was on BET all of the time, instead I waited until the DVD came out to watch. When I did I realized that this is a very powerful film about a young man who gets caught in the system the same way his parents did - only it's a bum conviction that sends the kid to jail for life. For me, it's a very bothersome subject as I do have many friends who've been in and out of jail and as I'm aware of the fact that black people make up majority of the jail's population...

The movie even gets surprisingly graphic sometimes and really depressing as it's hard to not feel for the main character who was robbed of his dreams and his life by an unfair "justice" system. I relate to the main character as it's hard to emotionally detach yourself from a situation as messed up as the one he's in...

9/10 - solid and rewarding movie


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