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Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)

PG-13 | | Musical, Drama | TV Movie 8 May 2001
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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 ... 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 in Lou's Pub
Written by Sekani Williams
Performed by Beyonce Knowles, Mos Def and Sam Sarpong
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Very entertaining!
27 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know exactly what people were expecting, they keep writing bad reviews and giving the film a low rating. It's an MTV movie people. Overall it was not that bad. Very low budget, like a super long music video, lots of talent involved. Most of them even acted well. Half the people who were in this film wouldn't be caught dead participating in such a film in this day an age but it's nice that we have something like this to look back on. Beyonce acted very well in it (in fact her acting was better in this film than some of her more recent work.) I miss Mekhi Pfeiffer I wish they would cast him in more films instead of letting his talent go to waste. Mos Def was also good. Joy Bryant the serial best-friend was also decent. Also, it's a good thing to know that Beyonce can rap pretty decently. It was short, to the point and precise. Well done all!


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