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Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)

PG-13 | | Musical, Drama | TV Movie 8 May 2001
Based on Bizet's classic opera and its all African American musical counterpart Carmen Jones, Carmen a Hiphopera is a modern retelling of the story of the tragic gypsy Carmen. The setting ... See full summary »

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Hill
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Lt. Miller (as Mos Def)
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Rasheeda
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Nikki
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Fortune Teller
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Pockets
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Jalil (as Lil' Bow Wow)
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Blaze
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Caela
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Nathaniel
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Sgt. Tony Porter
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Lou
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Nori
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Based on Bizet's classic opera and its all African American musical counterpart Carmen Jones, Carmen a Hiphopera is a modern retelling of the story of the tragic gypsy Carmen. The setting has been taken from the hots streets of Barcelona and is now in scorching urban Philadelphia. This time Carmen Brown is an aspiring actress who in her own words 'leaves the whole town speechless.' Her sultry looks and carefree confidence attract the attention of everyone from crooked cop Luietenant Miller to famous rapper Blaze. However Carmen has eyes on the one man she can't have- Seargeant Derrick Hill who is engaged. Yet nothing stops Carmen Brown getting what she wants- except perhaps a trip to LA and an ominous tarot cards prophecy. Written by LadyN1

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sensuality, and drug content | See all certifications »
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Blaze: Hello, I'm Blaze. But my friends call me Case...
[Carmen cuts him off]
Carmen: I know who you are. I'm Carmen.
Blaze: Nice to meet you.
Carmen: Nice to meet you.
Blaze: So what's a fine lady like you doing in Philly? Small town masquerading as a big city.
Carmen: I won't be here for long. See I have dreams... plans.
Blaze: I wanna hear about 'em.
Carmen: [sucks teeth] Pssh. No, you don't.
Blaze: No, really. I'm interested.
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Remake of Carmen Jones (1954) See more »

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Carmen Seduces Hill
Written by Sekani Williams
Performed by Mekhi Phifer and Beyonce Knowles
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The music was pretty good, but the movie wasn't
10 May 2001 | by (Booton, NJ) – See all my reviews

After watching this movie on MTV I came away with one feeling, disappointment. The music is the movie was pretty good, but was lacking a bit in production value. Robert Townsend's direction of the spoken dramatic scenes were very well done, but he tried to be too flashy during the musical numbers. The music should be an extension of the action we see on screen, and should not be cut off from everything else. The music sequences were poorly visualized and at an hour & 20 minutes the movie was just too short. The acting was good, and the story was updated very well. As far as cautionary tales go, this movie was far from the best I've seen, but it was also far form the worst. I give it a 5 out of 10.


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