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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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(as Ernest Dickerson)

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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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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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Drama

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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »
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12 March 2003 (Norway)  »

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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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Quality, inspirational film
25 September 2004 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I don't agree with the first reviewer at all. The movie does show illegal activities on the part of the main characters as he pointed out, but that reality needs to be shown for the movie to be the least bit credible. The vandalizing of private property is not, unfortunately, and uncommon occurrence for young people. The movie shows that if you can reach these young people before random acts of vandalism grow into more serious criminal acts, you can save lives and improve society. The movie does have a unique message because it depicts, in a powerful way, the negative "world" that many similarly situated inner-city youths face. And.. it is inspiring because it reminds us of the untapped potential that may be festering beneath the surface, just waiting for inspiration and guidance. As I usually find with these kinds of movies, it takes both an intellectual thirst, and intellectual maturity, to truly appreciate the film in the way it was intended.


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