American Violet (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  17 April 2009 (USA)
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A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Cohen
Sam Conroy
Calvin Beckett
Darrell Hughes
Byron Hill
Reverend Sanders (as Charles Dutton)
Mark Shelby
David Higgins
Robert Foster
Leona Conroy
Claudia Johnson
Judge Belmont
Pamela Tyson ...
Gladys Williams (as Pamala Tyson)


A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.

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When law is without order.....and justice is far from woman must take a stand



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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, drug references and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Inquisition  »

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$243,162 (USA) (17 April 2009)


$552,933 (USA) (5 June 2009)

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Premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 29, 2008 followed by a limited commercial release to theaters on April 17, 2009. See more »


When Dee is driving to work she honks her horn at a Pontiac G6 that pulls out in front of her. The G6 was not in production until 2005. The movie makes several references to the 2000 election that was upcoming. See more »


References Sesame Street (1969) See more »


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Don't Miss - Tough Story Packs a Punch and is a Lesson for us all
16 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My stomach started to tense about 1/3 into this movie, and never stopped. I was in the GRIP of this story and social situation which was happening in our country only 8 years ago!! Powerfully acted, produced, edited with a message for all ages. I think this film will help to expose some of the terrible crimes we have been perpetrating in this "democracy".

This film subtly reveals the passivity of ordinary citizens exposed to a tyrannical local government, who keep their heads down and don't make waves. The cost of taking a stand is life-threatening. There are real heroes who realize that it is better to fight and lose against injustice than to submit and be victimized. The movie has an unusual realism while totally engaging us at the same time. I recommend it to all thinking people who care about tolerance and justice.

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