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C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  24 June 2005 (Spain)
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Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kirsch ...
Renee Patrick ...
Confederate Family Mom
Molly Graham ...
Confederate Family Child
William Willmott ...
Confederate Family Slave / Frederick Douglas (voice) (as Will Willmott)
Rupert Pate ...
Evamarii Johnson ...
Greg Hurd ...
Ryan L. Carroll ...
Don Carlton ...
Kevin McKinney ...
Blackface Abraham Lincoln
Will Averill ...
Arlo Kasper ...
Old Abraham Lincoln
Joe Bugni ...
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Jennifer Coville ...
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Set in an contemporary alternative world where the Confederate States of America managed to win the American Civil War, a British film documentary examines the history of this nation. Beginning with its conquest of the northern states, the film covers the history of this state where racial enslavement became triumphant and the nation carried sinister designs of conquest. Interspersed throughout are various TV commercials of products of a virulent racist nature as well as public service announcements promoting this tyranny. Only at the end do you learn that there is less wholly imagined material in the film than you might suspect. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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O.P.A.: Omospodia Politeion tis Amerikis  »

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Opening Weekend:

$2,644 (USA) (14 October 2005)

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$671,122 (USA) (30 June 2006)
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The "viewer discretion advised" title card was suggested by a woman in the film's test audience. See more »

Goofs

The basic premise is faulty. At no time during its existence did the Confederate States of America seek to conquer the United States. The CSA's constantly stated goal was to be left alone as an independent nation, i.e. being the big fish in the small pond rather than the small fish in the big Union. Any territorial expansion would have been southward toward the "Golden Circle" of Central America and the Caribbean. It would not even have been remotely feasible to conquer and subjugate the USA, which had much more land and people who were hostile to the South, nor would it have been desirable to do so, as the whole point of Secession was to divorce the South from those lands and people. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[commercial for Confederate Family Insurance]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: A man fills many roles in his lifetime: provider, protector, master of the house. As a father you have a vital role in your family's life. They depend on you to be there. We help to make sure you can fulfill that promise, because
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: no matter what they call you
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: at the end of the day
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: you know you're just
[pause]
[...]
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A Great Companion Piece Which Should Be Seen Alongside "Manderlay"
31 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

In an alternate universe, Jefferson Davis became president, the Confederates won the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was not shot and killed but becomes an escapee in blackface and dies in disgrace in Canada (not before recording his last words in 1905 -- a little anachronistic since sound in films did not occur until the 1920s), and slavery is alive and well and becoming one with technology. Subversive enough? You'll have to watch this mockumentary to believe it. Nothing is sacred here, and it works so well because it looks as if these events truly took place. It could be a documentary shown on A & E from its meticulous attention to detail to make it look authentic, and its segues into "commercial breaks" are fantastic -- you laugh, but you cringe. And this is exactly what director Kevin Willmott and producer Spike Lee want you to feel.


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