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American Violet (2008) More at IMDbPro »

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American Violet -- Falsely accused of distributing narcotics in a school zone, Dee Roberts (Beharie) is offered a deal she can't refuse: plead guilty and accept a 10-year suspended sentence. The alternative: risk serving 16-to-25 in jail.
American Violet -- Dee Roberts, a 24 year-old African American single mother of four, finds herself charged as a drug dealer and given an ultimatum: Remain in prison or plead guilty and return home as a convicted felon.
American Violet -- Nicole Beharie (The Express), Will Patton (Entrapment, The Postman), Charles Dutton (TV’s Roc,
Mimic) and Alfre Woodard (TV’s Desperate Housewives, Primal Fear) star in this gripping true-life
story. Falsely accused of distributing narcotics in a school zone, Dee Roberts (Beharie) is offered a deal
she can’t refuse: plead guilty and accept a 10-year suspended sentence. The alternative: risk serving 16-
to-25 in jail. Realizing a conviction would ruin her life, Dee decides to fight back. Suing the DA for
racial discrimination, Dee battles impossible odds in a case that will not only change her life but the
laws of Texas as well.


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Writer (WGA):
Bill Haney (written by)
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Release Date:
17 April 2009 (USA) See more »
When law is without order.....and justice is far from woman must take a stand
A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nicole Beharie ... Dee Roberts

Tim Blake Nelson ... David Cohen

Will Patton ... Sam Conroy

Michael O'Keefe ... Calvin Beckett

Xzibit ... Darrell Hughes

Malcolm Barrett ... Byron Hill

Charles S. Dutton ... Reverend Sanders (as Charles Dutton)

Alfre Woodard ... Alma Roberts

Tim Ware ... Mark Shelby

Paul David Story ... David Higgins

David Warshofsky ... Robert Foster

Lucinda Jenney ... Leona Conroy

Karimah Westbrook ... Claudia Johnson

Paul Guilfoyle ... Judge Belmont
Pamela Tyson ... Gladys Williams (as Pamala Tyson)

Scott A. Martin ... Jerry Arnold (as Scott Martin)

Michael Scialabba ... Willis

John Will Clay ... Franklin
Myra Nakia Christophe ... Sherice Roberts
Za'mari Breedlove ... Shardonda Roberts
Mya Cherie Christophe ... Laquisha Roberts
Mariah Marisa Christophe ... Tanya Roberts
Barry Barton ... Helicopter Pilot
Janet Shea ... Helen

Jerry Leggio ... Norman
Cary Alden ... Doreen
Christian McReary ... Gus
Kesha Bullard ... Angry Woman

Louis Herthum ... Officer Smith

Jackson Beals ... Officer Carter
Roslyn D. Evans ... Magnolia

Portia Cue ... Laquathia

Deneen Tyler ... Suzzannha (as Deneen D. Tyler)
Tody Bernard ... Judge Pryor
Jeanne Bourgeois ... Reporter #1
Chris Rose ... Reporter #2
Rosalie Washington ... Grace
Lanece Webb ... Chantrelle

Tarra Riggs ... Lavosha
Zardis Nichols ... Gayzeen
Christopher McCann ... Joe Fisher

Carol Sutton ... Charlise Leray

Ron Flagge ... Herman Green

Richard Zeringue ... Furniture Store Manager

J. Omar Castro ... Cisco

Michael Beasley ... Tony Flair

Lance E. Nichols ... Mr. Moss (as Lance Nichols)

Samantha Beaulieu ... Mrs. Lloyd

Sue Rock ... Elizabeth Beckett
Lindsay Soileau ... Julie Beckett

Dane Rhodes ... Nick

Jon Eyez ... Barman
Logan Olivares ... Helicopter Pilot #2

Jessie Blake Lough ... Reporter #3

Glaspar Irons ... Waitress
Kimberly Hardy ... Choir
Clarence Andrews ... Choir
Jarell Bankston ... Choir
Thasha Pierre ... Choir
Ariane R. Gullage ... Choir
Gail Watkins ... Choir
Kiran Gullage ... Choir
Sheryl Rogers ... Choir
Daria Blunt ... Choir
Reginald Nicholas Jr. ... Choir
Ishmael Cotton ... Choir
Tanya Patterson ... Choir
Jerry Henderson ... Choir
Demond Southall ... Choir
Vanessa Pierre ... Choir
Fayetta Hill ... Choir
Terry Gullage Jr. ... Choir
Linda Williams ... Choir
Cherlyn Bell ... Choir
Maranda Pierre ... Choir
Theodore Johnson Jr. ... Choir
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Allen Boudreaux ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Andrew Buchler ... Deposition Videographer (uncredited)
Daurice Cummings ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Samuel Davenport ... Mr. Lloyd (uncredited)
Renell Gibbs ... James LeRay (uncredited)
Russell M. Haeuser ... Courthouse Patron (uncredited)
Rodney Hebert ... Cisco's Diner Patron (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Anthony Mackie ... Eddie Porter (uncredited)

Hunter McGregor ... Reporter (uncredited)
Henry Pelitire ... Texas State Trooper (uncredited)
Lyssa Prine ... Deposition Stenographer (uncredited)
Ryan Reinike ... Audio Dude (uncredited)

Glenn Robin ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
C. Stuart Rome ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Chaz Smith ... Still Photographer (uncredited)
Terry Lee Smith ... SWAT (uncredited)
Antoine Spillers ... Mr. Roberts (uncredited)
Defecio Stoglin ... Brian Green (uncredited)
M. Jearl Vinot ... County Sheriff (uncredited)

Michael Wozniak ... Bailiff (uncredited)

Directed by
Tim Disney 
Writing credits
Bill Haney (written by)

Produced by
Tom R. Camp .... co-executive producer
Mark Donadio .... line producer
Jennifer Eplett .... co-executive producer
Bill Haney .... producer
Debra Longo .... associate producer
Miriam Marcus .... associate producer
Peter Newman .... executive producer
Lyz O'Keefe .... associate producer (as Elizabeth O'Keefe)
Sean Reilly .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Teddy Castellucci 
Cinematography by
Steve Yedlin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Curtiss Clayton 
Nancy Richardson 
Terilyn A. Shropshire 
Casting by
Susan Shopmaker 
Production Design by
Monroe Kelly 
Set Decoration by
Leonard R. Spears 
Costume Design by
Caroline Eselin  (as Caroline Eselin-Schaefer)
Makeup Department
Nikki I Brown .... third makeup artist
Sherri Hamilton .... hair stylist
T.A. Henderson .... key hair stylist
Stacy Kelly .... makeup department head (as Stacy Stewart Kelly)
Charles Gregory Ross .... department head hair stylist
Aimee Stuit .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Alex Jablonski .... post-production supervisor
Tracy Keller .... production manager (as Tracy Keller Cameron)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Blazina .... second assistant director
Paul Epstein .... first assistant director (as Paul Samuel Epstein)
Marcus Scigliano .... second second assistant director
Art Department
John Blanchard .... construction foreman
Stanford Gilbert .... property master
Claire Hassig .... scenic artist
Juliana Hoffpauir .... on-set dresser
James C. Lane .... assistant property master
Vince LeBlanc .... set dresser
Kristin Lekki .... graphic designer
Mara LePere-Schloop .... set designer
Myron Meek .... props builder
Pat A. O'Connor .... leadman
Pavel Pesta .... scenic artist
Chuck Stringer .... construction coordinator
Stephen G. Walters .... lead scenic
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... production sound mixer
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Levent Erdogan .... assistant sound editor
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Judah Getz .... foley mixer
Brad Lokey .... second boom operator
Jared Marshack .... sound mixing recordist
Zach Michaelis .... foley mixer
Brian Naguit .... assistant sound editor
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising sound editor
Angelo Palazzo .... sound editor
Jared Watt .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Stanford Gilbert .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Shira Mandel .... compositor
Nicole Montemayor .... compositing supervisor: Stingray VFX
Kevin Moseley .... compositing supervisor
Andrew Mumford .... compositor
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration
Ron Simonson .... visual effects supervisor
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
Hank Amos .... utility stunts
Jeff Galpin .... stunt coordinator
Rob King .... stunt performer
Rex Reddick .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tarik Naim Alherimi .... best boy electric
Robert Foster .... camera operator
Brad Garris .... electrician
Greg Harris .... lighting technician
Penelope Helmer .... second assistant camera
Richard T. Hoover .... grip
Justin LeBlanc .... electrician
Robert Morrison .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Paul Olinde .... gaffer
Rick Secosky .... grip
Robb W. Turner .... lamp operator
Alex Vendler .... cinematographer: second unit
Wade Whitley .... first assistant camera
Louis Zlotowicz .... film loader
Casting Department
Alexandra Capps .... extras casting assistant
Randi Glass .... casting associate
Kim Petrosky .... casting associate
Wendy Talazac .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tracey Dundas .... costumer
Loretta Harper .... additional costumer
Krystle Lamoreaux .... set costumer
Ashley Martin .... key set costumer
Shonta T. McCray .... costumes
Ann Walters .... assistant costume designer
Ann Walters .... costume supervisor
Lesley D. Wickham .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Tony Dustin .... digital film colorist
Alexander J. Harper .... post-production assistant
Kenneth Marsten .... assistant editor (as Kenny Marsten)
Joi McMillon .... first assistant editor
April McMorris .... digital intermediate producer
Florent Retz .... first assistant editor
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Everette Webber .... digital intermediate editor
Lance Spindler .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Teddy Castellucci .... musician: guitar
Teddy Castellucci .... score producer
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
George Doering .... additional musician: dulcimer
Judith Hill .... vocals
Brian Kilgore .... additional musician: acoustic percussion
Tom Mgrdichian .... music recordist
Tom Mgrdichian .... musician
Tom Mgrdichian .... orchestrator
Jennifer Nash .... music editor
Jennifer Nash .... music supervisor
Dan Ostermann .... composer: additional music
Brian Reeves .... music mixer
Brian Reeves .... music recordist
Carolyn Richardson .... musician
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Jason Ruder .... music editor
Tom Walsh .... additional musician: drums
Transportation Department
Samuel Wayne Beitz .... driver: honeywagon
Virgil Bienemy .... driver
Keith N. Collis .... production driver
Anthony Forester .... picture car coordinator
Danny Mortenson .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Melanie Aymami .... assistant craft service (as Melanie Burck)
Deborah Bacquel .... production accountant
John R.C. Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Ava DuVernay .... promotional services
Ashley Foster .... set production assistant
Stanford Gilbert .... weapons master
Dana A. Hanby .... location manager
Rankin Hickman .... production coordinator
Jeffrey H. Hunter .... intern
Mickey Lambert .... assistant location manager
Kristina Lankford .... dialect coach: Michael O'Keefe
Sarah Larson .... office production assistant
Stephen LeBlanc .... assistant location manager
Julie Lopinto .... first assistant accountant
Kevin Lorio .... set production assistant
Ryan Lough .... set production assistant
Elizabeth Mace .... craft service assistant
Hunter McGregor .... stand-in
Kevin Meier .... office production assistant
Katie Weiss Porter .... production assistant (as Katie Weiss)
Chris Quackenbush .... key set production assistant (as Christopher J. Quackenbush)
Aaron Reichert .... production assistant
Leah Jennings Richard .... staff assistant (as Leah Jennings)
Adam Ryan .... key set medic
M. Jearl Vinot .... stand-in: Will Patton
Lauren Von Huene .... production assistant
Christy Zeller .... accounting clerk
Preston Trahan .... uncredited

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, drug references and language
USA:103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Although it says on screen that the film takes place in Melody, Texas beginning in November 2000, the events depicted actually took place in Hearne, Robertson County, Texas, which did begin in November 2000, and were based on the the case known as Regina Kelly v. John Paschall. Melody, Texas is a fictional town name, created for this film.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
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36 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
An Important and compelling story that needed to be told, 15 March 2009
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

I was honored to have the opportunity to catch a screening of American Violet's Texas premiere at the Paramount Theatre during Austin's SXSW Film Festival. The film tells the important story of Dee Roberts drug arrest in Melody, Texas in 2000. The story of the abuse of power by the criminal justice system is an important one that most Americans are not terribly familiar with. The story is generally well-acted and compelling as we are drawn through the story of Dee's clearly false arrest and prosecution. The line between fact and dramatic license does remain a little foggy and there is particularly unbelievable scene in which the local district attorney acts as some sort of family court judge who oversees a hearing to determine the custody of Dee's 4 children.

The legal focus of the film does tend to bounce around from one issue to another – the problem of forced plea bargaining, the misuse of Federal drug task forces, the use of dishonest informants, the problem of fighting a "war on drugs," and finally focusing on blatant racism of District Attorney. All of these issues are certainly present in the criminal justice system, but the relationship and role of each is often confusingly presented and blurs the legal focus of the film. Nevertheless, the story remains powerful and the presentation is a potent one.

Regardless of the limitations, some of which are inherent in the criminal docudrama, the film is well worth seeing, because of the important story that it tells about complex interaction between race, poverty and the criminal justice system that is often obscured from the view of much of the American public. The film deserves to be seen by those who still doubt the critical role of racism in American society - particularly in the criminal justice system.

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