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Civil Brand (2002)

Women prisoners strike up a friendship with a young law student who works as a part-time prison guard. Together they discover that a corporation funds and is profitting from the ... See full summary »

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Frances Shepard (as LisaRaye)
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Nikki Barnes
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Wet
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Warden Alan Deese
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Michael Meadows (as Mos Def)
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Sabrina
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Aisha
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Lil' Momma
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Warden Nelson (as Reed McCants)
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Miller
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Doctor Moss
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John Banks (as Robert Lynn)
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Storyline

Women prisoners strike up a friendship with a young law student who works as a part-time prison guard. Together they discover that a corporation funds and is profitting from the plantation-like work environment they are forced to work under. In a botched attempt to organize a protest against their "slave labor", the women take over the prison - A rare glimpse of the effects of the prison industrial complex on female inmates. Written by L. J. Allen-2 (Leslye Allen)

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Rated R for violence including a rape, and for pervasive strong language | See all certifications »
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26 May 2002 (USA)  »

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A Revolta das Prisioneiras  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$123,580 (USA) (29 August 2003)

Gross:

$243,347 (USA) (10 October 2003)
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Although Monica Calhoun and LisaRaye McCoy play friends in this movie they play cousins in the players club. See more »

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No Mirrors In My Nana's House
Performed by SWEET HONEY THE ROCK
Written by Ysaye M. Barnwell (as Ysaye Barnwell)
Published by BARNWELL'S NOTES PUBLISHING CO (BMI)
Courtesy of EARTH BEAT! RECORDS
(p) 1993 EARTHBEAT!
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I'm pretty sure a lot of movies we watch contain errors that were honest mistakes. This movie may have a few major mistakes, but overall we understand where the author was trying to go. Last year I began writing a script myself and after proofreading several times I still may have over looked a few mistakes. The bottom line is Civil Brand was a good movie. I believe the director used the right actresses to star in the movie because they fit the characters easily. Acting is something you have to feel and I believe this is why the movie is considered to be one of our best. There's a major difference between Black Movies and movies with Black stars. Civil Brand is a black movie all the way through. It may be a beginning for us who knows, but most importantly it's something done by us. A $500.00 budget is nowhere near enough to make a movie without pressure, so I say please keep up the good work women. All of the women in this movie are setting the path for aspiring, actresses/ writers like myself.


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