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First Time Felon (1997)

Greg Yance is caught with over 5 grams drugs on him for trafficking. Prison is overcrowded and violent. As first time felon, he can get 120 days of boot camp instead of 5 years prison. Boot camp's tough.


Charles S. Dutton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Epps ... Greg Yance
Delroy Lindo ... Calhoun
Rachel Ticotin ... McBride
Anthony 'Treach' Criss ... Tyrone (as Treach)
Justin Pierce ... Eddie
Lucinda Jenney ... Sharon
Jo D. Jonz ... Pookie (as Jo. D. Jónz)
Badja Djola ... Disciple Leader
William Forsythe ... Sorley
Robin Michelle McClamb Robin Michelle McClamb ... Greg's Mother (as Robin Vaughn)
Tom Nowicki ... Hogan
Pepa ... Laverne (as Sandra 'Pepa' Denton)
Kristen Jones Kristen Jones ... Crystal
Byron Altman Byron Altman ... Pookie's Killer
Ed Grady ... Johnny the Farmer


Inspired by the true story of Greg Yance. In the film, Yance (Epps) is a hood who goes to jail for possession of drugs. He is given a choice: 5 years in jail or a couple of months in boot camp. He chooses boot camp and finds out it is tougher than he thought it would be. He braves it through and comes home a better man. He then has to deal with the real world, and never gives up no matter what the odds. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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There's his way or the hard way. One guard. One inmate. One chance for redemption.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Actor Clifton Powell is not credited for appearing in this film. Powell portrayed King, Yance's boss. See more »


McBride: Do you think every time you have a problem with a fellow worker you have the right to resort to violence?
Greg YanceTyrone: No Ma'am!
McBride: Do you think you have to fall in love and marry everyone that you work with?
Greg YanceTyrone: No Ma'am!
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Down de Road
Written by Dion Parson
Performed by Marc Cary
Courtesy of Arabesque Recordings
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A worthy effort and an interesting but somewhat long watch.
13 March 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

More interesting than entertaining, "FTF" follows one inner-city street hood from his first time "bust" for drug dealing through one of the controversial "boot camp" style reform programs back into the streets where he is again faced with a choice between easy money or long unemployment lines. A journeyman film which runs a bit long with it's attempts to milk sympathy from the audience, "FTF" is a somewhat staged telling of a true story, a tour de force by a well cast Epps, and a seemingly serious attempt to give insights into the plight of the young inner-city black male with a criminal record.

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6 September 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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