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Doing Hard Time -- Michael's seven-year-old son is killed in the crossfire of a drug deal gone bad.  When the shootersget nothing but a short sentence for possession, Michael is outraged, and goes on a quest for revenge inside the prison where his son's killers are doing time.


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Writer (WGA):
Preston A. Whitmore II (written by)
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Release Date:
23 November 2004 (USA) See more »
He had to get in, to get even.
A father's eight year old son is murdered in a gangland shooting. The father (Boris Kodjoe) gets himself thrown into prison to avenge his son's death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Boris Kodjoe ... Michael Mitchell

Michael Kenneth Williams ... Curtis Craig aka: Durty Curt From Detroit (as Michael K. Williams)

Sticky Fingaz ... Eddie Mathematic

Reagan Gomez-Preston ... Rayvon Jones

Jazsmin Lewis ... Robin

William L. Johnson ... Clever

Marcello Thedford ... Toure Smalls

Emilio Rivera ... Officer David Teal

Chenoa Maxwell ... Elise

Charles Malik Whitfield ... Armand

Patrice Fisher ... Lt. Elaine Lodge

Steven Bauer ... Det. Anthony Wade

Giancarlo Esposito ... Captain Pierce

Michael Kimbrew ... Raymond Carver aka: Razor

Kelsey Shaw McNeal ... Gutter

Tai Bennett ... Kool
Kevon J. Beverly ... Dane
Adrianna Bell ... Linda Shepard

David Banks ... Chris

Kevin 'Repo' Thomas ... Monarch

Audra J. Morgan ... Amber
Brenton Early ... Guard

Justin Martin ... Chase Mitchell

Mya Michaels ... District Attorney
Cade Vincent ... Male Nurse
Wanda Acuna ... Cynthia Teal
Lenwood Moore ... Juge
Lutricia Casaway ... Jury Foreman
Thomas Louis Wood ... Detective #1 (as Thom Wood)

Juting Tsang ... Detective #2
Allan Cunningham ... Inmate #1 (as Alan Cunningham)

Kareem J. Grimes ... Inmate #2 (as Kareem Grimes)

Greg Davis Jr. ... Inmate #3
Shelton 'Ess Man' Rivers ... Ess (as Shelton Rivers)
Karl Kani ... Kiwan (as Karl Kani Jr.)
Aethena Cyan Brooks ... Tori

Matthew Hatchette ... Police Officer #1

Nicholas Harvell ... Police Officer #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heather Deveraux ... Female Correction Officer (uncredited)

Christian Levatino ... Officer Clayton (uncredited)
Robert Wheeler ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Preston A. Whitmore II 
Writing credits
Preston A. Whitmore II (written by)

Produced by
David Grace .... co-producer
Tony Jacobs .... producer
Boris Kodjoe .... co-producer
Preston A. Whitmore II .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Duncan 
Cinematography by
Patrice Lucien Cochet (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frances DeLoach  (as Frances S. Deloach)
Preston A. Whitmore II (uncredited)
Casting by
Leah Daniels  (as Leah Daniels-Butler)
Production Design by
Yvette Taylor 
Art Direction by
Yvette Taylor 
Set Decoration by
Camellia Cox 
Costume Design by
Sharon Day 
Makeup Department
Petrice Bankhead .... makeup department head
Tommy Doty .... barber
April Love .... hair design
Tinka White .... key hairstylist
Production Management
Sabrina Gray .... production manager (as Sabrina L. Gray)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Borgnine .... second second assistant director
Corky Cronin .... second second assistant director
Regina Gordon .... first assistant director
Rob Richards .... second assistant director
Art Department
Vince Bruno .... assistant props
Shane John .... set dresser
Mark Knightley .... construction coordinator
John Rothschild .... props
David Scott .... prop master
Sound Department
Veda Campbell .... sound mixer
John Chalfant .... sound re-recording mixer
John Chalfant .... supervising sound editor
Juan Cisneros .... boom operator
Reginald Dunn .... boom operator
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist (as Pamela Nedd Kahn)
Marla McGuire .... dialogue editor
Daniel Mora .... foley artist
Django Nunex .... foley artist
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Brian Smith .... adr mixer
Woody Stubblefield .... sound maintenance
Special Effects by
Andre G. Ellingson .... special effects coordinator (as Andre Ellingson)
Erik Betts .... stund double: Razor
Ben Hernandez Bray .... utility stunts (as Ben Bray)
Eugene Collier .... utility stunts
Brennan Dyson .... utility stunts
Gordon Hansen .... utility stunts
Horace Knight .... stunt double: Durty
Frank Lloyd .... stunt coordinator
Scott Rogers .... utility stunts (as Scott Rodgers)
Merritt Yohnka .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Anderson .... grip
Christopher Bernal .... best boy electric
Eugene Bernal .... electrician
Aaron Bowen .... camera loader
Patrice Lucien Cochet .... camera operator
Deborah Cottrill .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Christopher Glasgow .... a camera: dolly grip
Jose H. Huete .... electrician
Nic Larsen .... best boy
Chris Lindsay .... grip
Paul Maletich .... assistant camera
Raquel Olivo .... still photographer
Jonathan Shier .... additional second assistant camera
Roderick Spencer .... gaffer
Michael Steffen .... grip
Remi Tournois .... camera operator: b camera
Teague Uva .... key grip
Edward Viola .... second assistant camera (as Teddy Viola)
Paul Wozjack .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Okera Banks .... costumer
Rachel Sage Kunin .... costume supervisor (as Rachel Sage)
Editorial Department
Darrel Drinkard .... assistant editor
Kevin O'Connor .... colorist
Alex Osorio .... assistant editor
Matt Small .... assistant on-line editor
Sam Tirado .... dailies colorist (as Sam Tirada)
Music Department
DeYon Dobson .... music supervisor
David Klotz .... music editor
Fredrik Sarhagen .... music editor: temp
Transportation Department
Ben Barsky .... driver
Frederick Johnston .... driver
Michael Locke .... transportation coordinator (as Mike Locke)
Rick Locke .... driver
Chris Mendoza .... transportation captain
Hugo Ocana .... driver
Benjamin Rivera .... driver: honeywagon
Steve Slotnick .... driver
Other crew
Devin Arbiter .... assistant production coordinator
Erik Betts .... assistant fight choreographer
Pamela Chizema .... second accountant
Jean Costello .... production coordinator
Sharon L. Craig .... production accountant
John Goldsby .... set production assistant
Cate Nelson .... set production assistant
Jamie Sefrano .... set production assistant
Tony Spacone .... production coordinator
Bryan Sundstrom .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Get a Life" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for strong violence, language and some nudity
USA:95 min | USA:100 min | Argentina:101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Sins of the father, 15 March 2005
Author: orclord from United States

I was amazed at how great this movie was. Recently I've been renting a lot of these types of movies (typicaly "black violence") due to the fact that i enjoy violence in movies. But this one surprised me quite a bit.. The storyline seemed a bit silly at first.. Son gets shot in a crossfire of a sour drug deal and the father gets himself arrested so he can get revenge on the guys who killed him.. While it sounded to me like the father was going to be the main character, it turns out to focus more on one of the 2 people who were arrested for the murder/drug deal.

That turned out to be a very good thing. the father (played by Boris Kodje, who's apparently famous... i never heard of him) was a single minded robot bent on revenge. I didn't care too much about his character. However, the convict has to deal with life in prison and learn the rules of the big house if he wants to get out alive.

There is quite a bit of violence in this movie, but its nothing you haven't seen on Oz, or just about any other R rated movie. There is nudity in here, but its just the backside of the guys in prison, nothing sexual or anything.

I strongly recommend this movie to those that like these types. very well done and the ending is certainly not what i had expected.

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