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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 overview, first billed only:
Greg Kirsch ...
Confederate Family Dad
Renee Patrick ...
Confederate Family Mom
Molly Graham ...
Confederate Family Child
William Willmott ...
Confederate Family Slave / Frederick Douglas (voice) (as Will Willmott)
Rupert Pate ...
Sherman Hoyle
Evamarii Johnson ...
Greg Hurd ...
Mr. Johnson
Ryan L. Carroll ...
Bobby
Don Carlton ...
Colonel Bloodhound
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Will Averill ...
Blackface Harriet Tubman
Arlo Kasper ...
Joe Bugni ...
Car Guy No. 1
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Car Guy No. 2
Jennifer Coville ...
Daisie
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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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Unrated | See all certifications »
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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 USA:

$2,644, 14 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$671,122, 2 July 2006
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The word "paddy roller" mentioned several times in the film, including in the theme song from the Cops (1989) parody, can also be spelled patter roller, patty roller, or any number of variations. It was slang for the vigilante "patrols," who hunted down escaped slaves before the War and were a model for the Ku Klux Klan. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Features Beulah (1950) See more »

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A Great Adventure
Written by Thom Alexander and Michael Paull
Performed by Thom Alexander and Michael Paull
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Brilliant Satire
13 March 2006 | by 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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