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Carmen: A Hip Hopera -- A contemporary, urban retelling of the classic story, Carmen: A Hip Hopera follows the life of a police sergeant whose world is turned upside down when an irresistible woman enters his life.
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8 May 2001 (USA) See more »
Based on Bizet's classic opera and its all African American musical counterpart Carmen Jones, Carmen... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mekhi Phifer ... Hill

Beyoncé Knowles ... Carmen Brown

Yasiin Bey ... Lt. Miller (as Mos Def)

Rah Digga ... Rasheeda

Joy Bryant ... Nikki

Wyclef Jean ... Fortune Teller

Da Brat ... Narrator

Jermaine Dupri ... Pockets

Shad Moss ... Jalil (as Lil' Bow Wow)

Casey Lee ... Blaze

Reagan Gomez-Preston ... Caela

Sam Sarpong ... Nathaniel
Troy Winbush ... Sgt. Tony Porter

Fred Williamson ... Lou
Yuri Brown ... Nori

Maurice G. Smith ... Bigg Mo (as Maurice Smith)

Karen Lynn Scott ... Casting Agent

Patrice Fisher ... Jealous Woman

Jane Yamamoto ... Reporter

Richard Yniguez ... Dick
David L. Crowley ... I.A. Agent

Andray Johnson ... Boyfriend
K.K. Holiday ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lena Bickle ... Blaze Dancer
Erica Duff ... Blaze Dancer

Andrea Kelly Konno ... Blaze Dancer
Michele Martinez ... Blaze Dancer

Erin Yvonne ... Blaze Dancer (as Erin Hernandez)
Ladae Bond ... Flirty Bar Girl (uncredited)
Mimi Fletcher ... (uncredited)

Brandon J. Muhammad ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Annie Scott ... Extra (uncredited)

Eric St. John ... Bouncer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Townsend 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Elliot  written by

Produced by
Rod Aissa .... executive talent producer
Michael Elliot .... executive producer
Celia Hamel .... associate producer
Graig Hutchison .... producer
Loretha C. Jones .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kip Collins 
Cinematography by
Geary McLeod 
Film Editing by
Jonathan P. Shaw 
Casting by
Aisha Coley 
Robi Reed  (as Robi Reed-Humes)
Production Design by
David Sackeroff 
Costume Design by
Tracey White 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan Harris .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Gary Ramirez .... property master
Prentice Randolph .... set dresser
Dennis Winters .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
David Bach .... supervising dialogue editor
Paula Fairfield .... supervising sound editor
Russell Farmarco .... sound editor
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Orada Jusatayanond .... foley re-recording mixer
Paul Vik Marshall .... sound mixer
Carla Murray .... sound effects editor
Stephen Roque .... sound effects editor
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Lee Beverly .... key grip
Bennett Cerf .... assistant camera
Anthony Gotta .... electrician
Derek Grover .... camera engineer: 24p HDTV camera
Michael A. Johnson .... Steadicam operator
Michael McCormack .... video playback operator
Ric Urbauer .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Shawnae D. Muck .... casting associate
Vinnie Potestivo .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Lacombe .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Damon Fecht .... first assistant editor
Shaun Hudson .... post-production coordinator
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Music Department
Justin Taylor .... music editor
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Pamella D'Pella .... location manager
Gregory Diamond .... legal & business affairs: MTV
Don Juan Gross .... assistant: Mr Townsend
Robb Hastigan .... key production accountant
Xavier C. Salinas .... production coordinator
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Claudia Soisson .... assistant production accountant
K.C. Warnke .... assistant location manager
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Andrew R. Gardiner .... key assistant location manager/scout (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sensuality, and drug content
88 min

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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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Movie Connections:
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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing letdown to hip hop fans, 7 October 2002
Author: funkyfry from Oakland CA

Poorly acted, unconvincing "modern" adaption of Bizet's classic opera. Saddled with a two-dollar production look and a cast of (with the exception of Phifer) unprofessional actors. One fairly interesting bit is a few parts which actually set Bizet's music to raps, which only works intermittently. Inferior to both the original and Oscar Hammerstein's similarly overblown 1950s adaption (filmed, if I remember right, memorably by Otto Preminger).

All fans of musicals should avoid it, even though it holds out the promise of being a new type of musical. All fans of hip hop should avoid it, because it forces a cast that is incredibly talented in musical areas to act with hokey dialogue and no direction. It should especially be taken on for taking Mos Def, a genius of lyrics, and making him rap to mediocre lines written by some bozo the clown.

Townsend should really be taken to the cleaners over this, and in the future he should probably be advised to look the other way when offered TV productions with a look like my mama's basement (and she hasn't got one, folks).�

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