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Civil Brand (2002)

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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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4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Frances Shepard (as LisaRaye)
Nikki Barnes
Warden Alan Deese
Michael Meadows (as Mos Def)
Lil' Momma
Reed R. McCants ...
Warden Nelson (as Reed McCants)
Sgt. Cervantes
Chris Dodson ...
Jerry Foster ...
Doctor Moss
Robert Archer Lynn ...
John Banks (as Robert Lynn)


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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Who ever heard of women taking over a prison...


Drama | Thriller | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including a rape, and for pervasive strong language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

26 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Revolta das Prisioneiras  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$243,347 (USA) (10 October 2003)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Illegal Penetration
Written by MC Lyte (as Lana Moorer), Linque Ayoung (as Lin Que Ayoung) AND NEB LUV
Performed by MC Lyte, Linque Ayoung (as Lin Que) AND NEB LUV
Produced By MILK D
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outstanding film !!!!
6 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is outstanding and anyone that has followed this movie over the past year knows there is a really great buzz about it all across the nation. This is also a big success for director Neema Barnette and the marvelous cast as this film has won several awards in it's journey to the top. Be sure to check this film out at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in January and also in theatres across the country in April 2003 as Lions Gate Films prepares for a theatrical release.

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