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Madea Goes to Jail -- When Madea's (Perry) trouble-making antics land her behind bars, among the cast of characters she meets is Candy (Pulliam), a prostitute whose life is off-track and in need of the type of tough love that only Madea can provide.
Madea Goes to Jail -- Clip: Diner
Madea Goes to Jail -- Clip: Going to the slammer
Madea Goes to Jail -- Clip: Intervention
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Mischievous grandma Madea lands in jail, where she meets a variety of mixed-up characters. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tyler Perry ... Madea / Joe / Brian

Derek Luke ... Joshua Hardaway

Keshia Knight Pulliam ... Candace Washington

David Mann ... Brown

Tamela J. Mann ... Cora (as Tamela Mann)

RonReaco Lee ... Chuck

Ion Overman ... Linda

Vanessa Ferlito ... Donna

Viola Davis ... Ellen

Sofía Vergara ... T.T.

Robin Coleman ... Big Sal
Bobbi Baker ... Tanya

Aisha Hinds ... Fran

Benjamín Benítez ... Arthur

Karan Kendrick ... Guard Watson
Njema Williams ... Officer
Richard Malcolm Reed ... Bailiff
Greg Mathis ... Judge Mathis (as Judge Mathis)
Eric Williams ... Guard (as Eric V. Williams)

Elizabeth Diane Wells ... Lady (as Elizabeth Wells Berkes)
Mablean Ephriam ... Judge Mablean (as Judge Mablean Ephraim)

Phil McGraw ... Dr. Phil (as Dr. Phil McGraw)

Whoopi Goldberg ... Whoopi
Tom Joyner ... Tom Joyner

Al Sharpton ... Al Sharpton (as Rev. Al Sharpton)
Michael Baisden ... Michael Baisden

Steve Harvey ... Steve Harvey
Wanda Smith ... Wanda
Sybil Wilkes ... Sybil Wilkes
Shirley Strawberry ... Shirley Strawberry

J. Anthony Brown ... J. Anthony Brown

Joy Behar ... Joy Behar

Sherri Shepherd ... Sherri Shepherd

Elisabeth Hasselbeck ... Elisabeth Hasselbeck

James Sutton ... Public Defender #1
Theroun Patterson ... Public Defender #2
Frank Ski ... Frank Ski
Georgia Me ... Female Prisoner (as Tamika 'Georgia Me' Harper)
Rob Glidden ... John

Constantine Varazo ... Man

Jackson Walker ... Mr. Brackman

Kevin Wayne ... Officer #2
Leon Lamar ... Old Man (as Leon LaMar)
Allen Earls ... Pastor
Valeria Taylor ... Prostitute #1
Sheryland Neal ... Prostitute #2

Tony Harris ... TV Reporter

Mark Wilson ... Bailiff #2

Annie Cook ... Reporter #1
Trey Greene ... Reporter #2
Nathan Standridge ... Guard #2
Robert Summe ... Police Officer

Ciera Payton ... Undercover Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Angelo ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Badar ... Protester (uncredited)
Kenneth Bowen ... Kmart Attendee (uncredited)
Frances Cobb ... Courtroom Observer (uncredited)
Lem Collins ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Andre Davis ... Protester (uncredited)
Anthony J. Davis ... District Attorney (uncredited)
Angel Glaspie ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Cheryl Harris ... Wedding Patron (uncredited)
Barry Hopkins ... Courthouse Visitor (uncredited)
Rodney L. James ... Kmart Shopper (uncredited)
Eli Jones ... Correctional Officer (uncredited)

Lynn McArthur ... Female Prisoner (uncredited)
Deanna Marie Morris ... Shopper (uncredited)

Dominick Racano ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Olivia D. Robinson ... D.A. (uncredited)

Errol Sadler ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Greg Savage ... Correctional Officer (uncredited)
Al G. Sillah ... Shopper (uncredited)
Gail Silva ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Brian Spencer ... Wedding Attendee (uncredited)
Andy G. Strauss ... Donna's Customer (uncredited)
Michael Telfair ... Extra (uncredited)

Vanelle ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Joe Walsh ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Tyler Perry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tyler Perry  writer

Produced by
Roger M. Bobb .... co-producer
Reuben Cannon .... producer
Joseph P. Genier .... co-producer
Karen Gorodetzky .... line producer
Michael Paseornek .... executive producer
Tyler Perry .... producer
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
Cinematography by
Alexander Gruszynski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Maysie Hoy 
Casting by
Kimberly Hardin  (as Kim Hardin)
Art Direction by
Mark Erbaugh 
Roswell Hamrick 
Set Decoration by
Lance Totten 
Costume Design by
Keith G. Lewis 
Makeup Department
Lay'Na Anderson .... additional makeup artist
Maurice Beaman .... hair stylist
Andrea C. Brotherton .... hair stylist
Patrice Coleman .... key makeup artist
Yvonne Eagle .... makeup artist: Mr. Perry (as Yvonne L. Eagle)
Anita Gibson .... department head makeup
T.A. Henderson .... key hair stylist
Bill Johnson .... special makeup effects artist (as Bill 'Splat' Johnson)
Alleen J. Linley .... hair stylist
Wanda Patterson .... makeup artist
Charles Gregory Ross .... department head hair stylist
Toby Sells .... special makeup effects artist: Lone Wolf FX (as Toby A. Sells)
Julia Steinberg .... assistant hair stylist
Dawn Turner .... hair stylist
Victoria Wood .... wig maker
Dionne Wynn .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mark W. McCoy .... post production manager (as Mark McCoy)
Curtis A. Miller .... production director: Lions Gate Films
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor
Donna Sloan .... executive in charge of production: Lions Gate Films
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger M. Bobb .... first assistant director
Angelique Bones .... second assistant director
Rhonda Guthrie .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Calvin Ashford .... assistant to production designer
James Brothers .... property master
Adam Brustein .... graphic artist
Cristina Lucia Cesari .... buyer
Karen A. Felix .... assistant property master
Daniel B. Foster .... leadman
Hsanni Henry .... assistant to production designer
Fred Holloway .... construction toolman
Mark Keever .... set dresser
Ellen L. Kerr .... buyer
Rich Koll .... gang boss
David H. Nash .... gang boss
Windi Robinson .... carpenter
Joey Sisson .... set dresser
Andy G. Strauss .... picture car coordinator
James Vasilovic .... set dresser
Jay Womer .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor
Steve Bartkowicz .... sound re-recording engineer
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Brian Didsbury .... sound utility
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Glynna Grimala .... sfx editor
Phil Lee .... sound recordist
Colt Logan .... boom operator
Jane McKeever .... sound effects editor
Christopher Mills .... sound recordist: reshoot
Margit Pfeiffer .... dialogue editor
Drew Ponder .... boom operator
David Stanke .... first assistant sound editor
Gary Summers .... re-recording mixer
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor
Roy Machado .... adr mixer (uncredited)
John St. Denis .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Matt Neel .... special effects technician
Lisa Reynolds .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Jamie Baxter .... digital artist
Trinh Baxter .... digital artist
Marc Dobiecki .... motion control
Cortney Haile .... visual effects executive
Spencer Hecox .... visual effects artist
Brian Holter .... visual effects artist
Jason Jensen .... visual effects artist
John Kearns .... digital restoration
Jeremy Meltzer .... digital compositor
Mindy Minkow .... titles coordinator
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration
Justin Pascal .... digital compositor
Jason Sanford .... visual effects producer
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
Mike Uguccioni .... visual effects supervisor
Ashley J. Ward .... digital compositor
Kym Washington .... stunt double
Gus Williams .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Antignane .... best boy electric
Chris Birdsong .... electrician
Pete Bowman .... best boy grip
Quantrell D. Colbert .... still photographer
Stephen Crocker .... first assistant camera: second unit
Alfeo Dixon .... still photographer
Marc Dobiecki .... camera operator: second unit
William Frazier .... electrician
James Biggame Gallimore .... video assist
Jos'h Hancher .... camera: "a" camera
Jos'h Hancher .... second assistant camera
Tony Jenzano .... video assist
Sherri Angela Leger .... film loader
Bobb Lovett .... electrician
Levi Loy .... rigging key grip
Parris Mayhew .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jim McKinney .... camera operator: second unit
Greg Morse .... video playback
Kevin Murphy .... gaffer
Craig Nix .... super technocrane operator
Connor O'Malley .... lighting technician
David Parker .... rigging electrician
Mike Pearce .... set electrician
Robert Robinson .... first assistant camera
Dean M. Simmon .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Steve Sudge .... best boy rigging electric
Cris Toebben .... grip
Troy Toebben .... electrician: base camp
Trey Twitty .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Porter Versfelt III .... epk camera operator
Anthony Zibelli .... libra head technician
Steve Zigler .... rigging gaffer
Casting Department
Michelle Adams .... casting associate
Heather Hylton Bivens .... extras casting director
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
John Pleasant .... extras casting assistant
Alpha Tyler .... casting: Atlanta
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvia Akuchie .... set costumer
Shilla Benning .... costumer
Chantel L. Brown .... wardrobe intern
Sekinah Brown .... assistant costume designer
Shayne Allen Duhon .... set costumer
Rhonney Greene .... set costumer
Jeannette Guillermo .... key costumer
Gertrude Moore .... head tailor
Carol Sadler .... costume supervisor
Barbara Vazquez .... costumer: Mr. Perry
Editorial Department
Kimberly Ellis .... post-production assistant (as Kimberly Wilhoit)
Melissa Gearhart .... assistant editor
Diane LeDesma .... colorist: dailies
Carl S.G. Moore .... digital intermediate producer
Matt Russell .... post-production assistant
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor
Jeff Smithwick .... digital film colorist
Dan Williams .... post-production assistant
Ariana Young .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Jerry Hey .... orchestrator
Dan Higgins .... orchestrator
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
The Hollywood Studio Symphony .... music performed by
Steve Juliani .... music preparation (as Steven Juliani)
Mateo Laboriel .... electronic music programmer
Rebecca Rienks .... assistant music supervisor
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Dennis S. Sands .... music recordist (as Dennis Sands)
D.L. Smith .... music technical consultant
Michael Stern .... music mixer
Michael Stern .... music recordist
Aaron Zigman .... conductor
Aaron Zigman .... orchestrator
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Jesse Voccia .... electronic music programmer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Janet Perrotti .... driver
Patricia Sammons .... driver
Randy Southerland .... driver: props truck
Other crew
Dana Abercrombie .... stand-in
Ozzie Areu .... president: Tyler Perry Studios
Gaytra Arnold .... office production assistant
Norman Bielowicz .... unit location manager
Justin Bones .... set production assistant
Ami Cohen .... production department coordinator
Lisa C. Collins .... payroll accountant
Christopher Conkling .... production accountant
Derrick Doose .... key set production assistant
Rhavynn Drummer .... assistant: Mr. Cannon
Deborah Evans .... production supervisor
Shantell Fancher .... production secretary
Amanda Shamis Flannery .... clearance supervisor (as Amanda Shamis)
Tsedy Gebeyehu .... production assistant
Robert Hatch .... stand-in
Valencia Y. Hawkins .... executive assistant: Mr. Perry and Mr. Areu
Liam Hearne .... post-production accountant
Atiya Henry .... executive assistant: Mr. Cannon (as Atiya M. Henry)
David K. Henry .... microscope cinematography advisor
David K. Henry .... production financing
Elliot Holmes .... key location pa
Gail Hunter .... script supervisor
Bill Jacks .... manager of business and legal affairs
Jina Jones .... assistant: Mr. Sacchi
Kim Ju .... second assistant accountant
Paul Lowe .... set medic
Karen Marie Mason .... assistant location manager
Robert M. Melnik .... executive vice president of business affairs
Cheryl Miller .... production coordinator
Ricky Miller .... assistant: Ms. Sloan
Christopher Mills .... epk sound
Sommer Oliver .... assistant: Mr. Genier
Gary Ousdahl .... executive assistant to Tyler Perry
Synderella Peng .... title designer
Shanika L. Peterson .... accounting clerk
George Pierre .... production assistant
Alena Quaye .... assistant: Ms. Mayhew
Lindsey Ramey .... assistant: Mr. Paseornek
Torrey Russell .... executive production assistant: tyler perry
Cassius Allen Shuman .... business & legal affairs
Courtney A.G. Smith .... executive assistant: Mr. Bobb
Michael Telfair .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jeremy Thomas .... production assistant
Kristin Topps .... production assistant
Jason Underwood .... location assistant
Laura von Herrmann .... additional craft service assistant
Garson Yu .... title designer and supervisor
De'Angelo Wright .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lola Adellan .... special thanks
The Black Eyed Peas .... special thanks
Mary J. Blige .... special thanks
Craig Damon .... special thanks
Snoop Dogg .... special thanks
Louis Katz .... special thanks (as Louis Katz, M.D.)
Ray Lavender .... special thanks
Joe N. Lester .... special thanks (as Joe N. Lester, DDS)
J. Michael Marlett .... special thanks
Michael T. Marlett .... special thanks
William H.D. Marlett .... special thanks (as Willie H.D. Marlett)
Teyana Taylor .... special thanks
Craig Teasdale .... special thanks (as Dr. Craig Teasdale)
Donna Wilhoit .... special thanks .... special thanks (as Will.I.Am)
Peter Yoon .... special thanks (as Dr. Peter Yoon)

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Also Known As:
"Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" - USA (complete title)
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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, drug content, some violence and sexual situations
103 min
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Singapore:NC-16 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #44944)
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Last "unknown" appearance by Sofía Vergara before the premiere of her mega-hit TV series "Modern Family" (2009) and her becoming a superstar.See more »
Continuity: When Madea is entering her car after flipping the red convertible, you see a mark on the pavement left from a burnout, but the next shot is when she does the burnout to leave the mark on the pavement.See more »
T.T.:[pulls out a box of brownies] TADA! Brownies for my brownie! I made them myself.
Madea:Yeah, what do you mean "brownies for my brownie"? You trying to call me black or somethin'?
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16 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
According to this, the Lord is always the answer. Whatever., 18 June 2009
Author: Fox Hamilton from United States

Now, before anything, I'm a Christian and I do have some religious beliefs. However, I'm not a hardcore Christian. I also can't stand it when people shove religious crap down my throat. I can learn to poke fun at my own religion and laugh because for all I know I could be worshiping the wrong religion. Not a big deal to me. I'm still a decent guy. Religion is always the last thing on my mind.

With that said, this movie was just bad in every way possible. Let me break it down for you: it's not funny, it's not clever, it's not entertaining, it's overlong, it's boring, it's predictable, it's clichéd, the bad acting and dialog make it unwatchable at times with it's stupid one liners. It also tries too hard to be both dramatic and ends up becoming unbearably hammy. It also leaves me wondering: "Is it comedy or drama? Do I even care anymore because of how unlikeable the characters are?" I've seen some comedy/dramas that evenly weigh out each element very well. This film and the rest of Tyler Perry's films don't fit into that category at all.

This also pounds you over the head with religious context and other ridiculous and unrealistic plot elements that just come off as being unintentionally sappy. And why the hell is Dr. Phil in this? Really? Does anyone like this douche bag enough to want him to star in a film (however amateurish)? And not having one pop-culture icon in the film is enough, but they also had to add in another one (Judge Mathis).

Oh, I forgot to tell you the story. Madea goes to jail, but it takes forever before she actually gets there (she's there for the final 20 minutes of the show). Tyler Perry casts his conceded ass into three separate roles in this, which gets tiresome. I have no problem with directors wanting to be in their own films (Braveheart and Annie Hall come to mind) but, damn dude, three roles? Seriously? Oh, yeah, back to the "story". Madea keeps doing dumb stuff so she eventually goes to jail and is ordered anger management (with Dr. Phil of all people) and at the same time a prostitute is trying to get off the streets.

Is there anything in this film that Tyler Perry hasn't done before? Madea? Sexual abuse? Religious elements? Drug addiction? Yes, yes, it's all so sad and so easy for you to get tears jerked from your audience while at the same time giving them a good belly laugh. You are oh-so-clever, Tyler Perry.

All in all, I'm just getting really sick and tired of these stupid Madea movies. Almost as much as those damn "movie" movies with Seltzerberg. The only saving grace in this that I can think of is that the actor who plays Josh is the only one who didn't annoy me. He wasn't good, he just seemed like the only one who was even trying. Kudos to him, but at the same time he should be ashamed to agree to star in a film like this. The man is clearly talented and needs to be in real movies and avoid this kind of crap. He's the only reason why this doesn't get one star out of me. I gave it two for his sake.

Like I said with Not Easily Broken, leave the religious elements out of your films unless it actually does have something to do with it (Last Temptation of Christ, Doubt) but at the same time don't exclude your audience. Next time, Perry, I'm not gonna be so easy on your ass.

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