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Stranger Inside (2001)

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A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility

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Cheryl Dunye
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yolonda Ross ... Treasure
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Brownie
Rain Phoenix ... Kit
Ella Joyce ... Doodle Alderidge
Conchata Ferrell ... Mama Cass
Lee Garlington ... Warden Arnold
LaTonya 'T' Hagans LaTonya 'T' Hagans ... Shadow (as LaTonya T Hagans)
Medusa Medusa ... Leisha
Marc Vann ... Nelson
Almayvonne ... Scar (as AlmaYvonne Dixon)
Mary Mara ... Tanya
Karina Logue ... Fran
Emily Kuroda ... Min
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angela Kay Anderson Angela Kay Anderson ... Group Therapy Women
Jenica Bergere ... Teresa
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A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility

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Crime | Drama

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English

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23 June 2001 (USA) See more »

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The manner in which Shadow uses her pinhole camera is incorrect. For example, when she takes the picture of Treasure, she removes the cover from the pinhole and leaves the pinhole uncovered for a much longer period of time than required (correct time is 2-3 seconds vs. the 15-20 seconds "Shadow" leaves the pinhole uncovered). In addition, she leaves the pinhole uncovered until Treasure turns and walks away from her, and only then does she cover the pinhole. When we see that picture later, it is a perfectly developed, non-blurry picture of Treasure standing still, facing Shadow. First, the picture would've been extremely overexposed, quite possibly nothing but dark gray or black. Second, the picture would've been blurry from the fact that Treasure didn't just move, she turned and walked away before the pinhole was closed. See more »

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7/10
25 February 2005 | by desperatelivingSee all my reviews

What would probably be referred to as a "gritty slice of life drama" on the movie box (I saw it on TV) is interesting insofar as it presents another perspective -- it's the female equivalent of the "Oz" TV show (produced by HBO films), without the smarmy sexuality (the women are appropriately mannish, but the film doesn't feel the need to make their sex aggressive and off-putting). There are a few brief moments of tenderness between the women, but it's mostly the same thing you get with the majority of prison life movies -- fights, friendships, back-stabbings, immoral guards -- just with female machismo. It sets up the inner life of the prison, these people who inhabit it, but it doesn't show us human beings in prison (despite the old-timers' advice in group therapy sessions), it shows us prisoners. I liked the ending, so it gets an extra point for that, simply as a story; but if you're looking for "cinema," look elsewhere. 7/10


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