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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 »

Did You Know?


Omar Epps and Anthony "Treach" Criss appeared together 5 years prior in Juice (1992). See more »


Calhoun: You wear white because you are ghosts. Ghosts do not exist.
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Written by T. Plough, M. Glove & E. Mous
Performed by DJ Polo featuring Mele Mel & Scorpio
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A bleak look at black America.
7 May 2000 | by CharltonBoySee all my reviews

This TV movie is a bleak but insightful look at how a young black American copes with and ultimately benefits from being sent to a Boot Camp instead of prison. I did enjoy this movie as it took us into the dark and depressing life of a young African American but it could have been so much better. I would have liked the relationship with the two gang Bangers to have been explored a little bit more and we could also have done without the slushy sentimental bit in the middle of the film.

I had never heard of the actor Omar Epps and I was impresssed with him in the lead role. Over all a good movie. 7 out of 10.

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6 September 1997 (USA) See more »

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