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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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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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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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6 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Somewhat preachy, but revealing story of how DAs in rural Texas in particular and maybe South in general have and use the power to make their statistics look good by picking on African Americans. The first half has the ambiance of a taut documentary. Less so after the civil lawsuit began. It should have been a civil rights suit in the federal court, but this wasn't made clear at first. The deposition scenes really detracted from the impact, but maybe that's the way depositions are conducted in Texas. Alfra Woodard as the Grandmother takes the top acting honors. However, the acting was first rate from top to bottom.

Jim Madison, Menlo Park, CA

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