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Our America (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  12 March 2003 (Norway)
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The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Dave Isay
Brandon Hammond ...
Lloyd "Boo" Newman
Serena Lee ...
Janelle Jones
Roderick Pannell ...
LeAlan Jones
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June Jones
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Gary Covino
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Sandra Williams (as Vanessa A. Williams)
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Graham Ellis
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Sophie Newman
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James (as Chris Collins)
Neil Crone ...
Paxton Wade
Jordan Duncan ...
Eric Morris
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Derrick Morris
Maxine Guess ...
Mrs. Shaw
Gene Mack ...
Stick Newman
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Storyline

Our America is the true story of two bright and ambitious Chicago teenagers who, living in one of the worst inner-city neighborhoods in the country, get a chance to become reporters for NPR. Their reporting becomes more compelling when they gather the courage to tell the truth about witnessing two of their peers throw a four-year-old out of a 14th story window. Written by <jackb@imdb.com>

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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

12 March 2003 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Nuestra propia historia  »

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LeAlan Jones: I live in the ghetto. I'm supposed to be a loser. I'm supposed to be snatching a purse and shooting your head off. I'm a person that doesn't vote. I'm the motherfucker that's supposed to fill your jails. I'm not supposed to be intelligent; I'm not supposed to know what I know, but I do. I've got an uncle and a cousin that are career criminals, no father, a mother who was pronounced mentally ill, and a grandmother that raised him and twenty kids, but I'll still make it. I know you don't want to ...
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A thoughtful and insightful film
18 May 2005 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

I was caught off guard by this film for the only person that I recognized in the cast was Peter Paige from Queer as Folk, he only plays a tiny role of public radio producer. Anyway this film is based on a true story of 2 adolescents from the housing projects of South Chicago that are asked to document their lives by a public radio station. The producer from the radio station is accused of exploiting the youths and tempers flare. The film is a harrowing and brutal portrait of life in the projects and how many residents there don't see much hope of improving their lives. While many detractors of the film will see that this film concentrates on the negatives there are several positive characters also. The character of LeAlan Jones and his family are beacons of hope. Overall I enjoyed this film.


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