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

 -  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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What if the South had won the War? See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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24 June 2005 (Spain)  »

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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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In the Summer of 1863, the Confederates capture Gettysburg and Washington, so General Ulysses S. Grant surrenders to General Robert E. Lee. But Grant was in Mississippi at the time. George Gordon Meade was the commander of the eastern Union army against Lee. 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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References The Civil War (1990) See more »

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Brilliant Satire
13 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie danced along the edge of impropriety, but brilliantly. The premise is good and the execution is genius. Depicting this as a standard 'Ken Burns style' documentary is the perfect way to convey the sweep of history in a short time. The interviews, voice overs, and lingering camera shots of a still photograph were all spot-on.

My favorite part was the multiple level satire of films from the early 20th century showing events from the 19th: a silent movie about Lincoln's capture, a 50s school educational film about the superiority of whites, and a Hollywood war epic about the CSA's wars in South America. Depicting the fictional events through a lens of contemporary attitudes of what would have been the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s... it made my head swim.

The commercials that another reviewer mentioned were humorous breaks in the action, but they didn't go much further than any normal commercial parody. The note at the end from the movie creators about the sources for some of these (I won't give it away) made me twinge with guilt for laughing, which I think is the response they wanted.

Overall, if you are a student of history, a lover of satire, a thinking person, or (god forbid) all 3 - you should see this move.


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Wouldn't there have been two separate countries? Yorke71
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So ignorant, how can this be anything but offensive? Vaca_Muerta
Let me educate you on the Civil War. No charge. wookie7376
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