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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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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A new federal law puts a bounty on the heads of black people.
5 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off the cast was delicious, Nicole BEHARIE I could watch all day. I've been a big fan of Micheal O'KEEFE since I saw him in "The Great Santini". Here he plays the racist DA who flies a helicopter over the local projects. He'd like to chase everybody out of there but the county can't afford too. However when the Federal Government will give money to counties over drug-dealing convictions he now has the recourses to do just that. He raids them arrests everybody for felony dealing which puts them in jail. If they plead to get out then they have a felony record can't live in the projects and can't vote against him. But one woman stands up and fights the charges and in doing so reveals that the DA trumped up charges and his scheme falls apart before his eyes. This movie gets a 10 because it also blames the victims for the situation they got themselves into. it delves into the mentality of the project people. My only problem is I've extensively read articles when this happened and the actual even is more interesting than the movie.

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