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First Time Felon (1997)

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 ... See full summary »

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Charles S. Dutton
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Time Felon See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Calhoun: You wear white because you are ghosts. Ghosts do not exist.
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Soundtracks

Hey Baby
Written & Performed by Greg Charley for Yelrahc Recordings
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Impressive
18 April 2000 | by Dann-7See all my reviews

This will be my first comment posting due to the fact that this is first time I felt the need to do so. I caught this movie somewhere towards the beginning and within 10 minutes it had pulled me in to the point where I could not step away. At first I thought it was going to be a "prison movie" but turned out to be so much more. When the boot camp sequence ended the movie just got better and better. Omar Epps was tremendous in this movie and actually had me caring about the character ,which never happens to me to the point that it did here. I felt that I was watching someones life story and not fiction,and it turned out I was right after signing on here. Omar made this movie very believable and I would recommend you see this movie. I will watch it again.


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