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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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  (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)
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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
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
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
Katie Weiss .... 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
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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 »
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 »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
American Violet in need of some Miracle gro, 3 April 2010
Author: Red Rat from Trinidad and Tobago

Based on a true events, American Violet tells the story of Dee Roberts, played by Nichole Beharie, a young black single mother living in the poor neighbourhood of a small town in Texas. Dee Roberts, whilst life has not been easy for her, lives a model life, working hard, providing for her daughters and going to church on Sundays. Then, one day Dee finds her life turned upside down when she is arrested for drug dealing. Although innocent of the charges against her Dee is railroaded by the legal system and told plead is faced with a choice, accept the plea bargain of guilty and serve a suspended sentence, or fight to prove her innocence and risk 18 years to life. A poor single black mother in a fundamentally racist state she is backed up against a wall.

There are a couple of subplots intertwined with the main story, which help to keep it moving smoothly along, they do not distract from the main plot line but neither do they enhance it. Nichole Beharie, is not only stunningly beautiful, but solidly convincing as the true life character Dee Roberts, proof that beautiful women can act and don't rely on looks alone to land roles. There's some good strong supporting roles, all round performances, and nowhere does the film get too carried away with itself that it becomes over the top. Occasionally powerful, for instance some of the scenes involving Dee's child's father and the "deposition scene" had me leaning forward out from my seat. I did feel however, not powerful enough and nothing was made of the tension which would have undoubtedly arisen between Dee and the establishment in such a small town.

Although the story is based on true events, centering around Dee Roberts there's room for a more profound thread in the fact that the US legal system is so intractably flawed and combined with a penitentiary system which makes money from incarcerating increased numbers of felons> The US now has 1% (2.6 million) of it's population in prison, substantially higher than any other country in the world and 96% of inmates never stand trial but are forced into accepting plea bargains simply because they neither have the knowledge or the money to fight. Prisons make money from prison labour and the majority of those incarcerated are of black or latino origin, begging the question, has the US penal system simply become a modern day slavery? The film itself does not address this aspect directly, rather it skirts around the edges and attacks the shadow of this institutional racism and corruption not with a sword but a pocket knife. And here lies the biggest problem this film faces, how do you tackle a subject so complex as institutional racism and fit it into a glossy hour and 45 minute Hollywood movie without alienating most of the people you want to pay money at the box office? it's not easy, director Tim Disney, fails to find a solution to that problem electing to go with a non confrontational glossy approach, making me feel that perhaps someone more used to tackling these difficult social issues should have directed American Violet and giving it the punch it so desperately needed. You're left feeling slightly disturbed as you know how very true these issues are, but sadly not disturbed enough. Still, it's worth watching even if only for the delightfully beautiful Miss Beharie.


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