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Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)

PG-13 | | Musical, Drama | TV Movie 8 May 2001
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Based on Bizet's classic opera and its all African American musical counterpart Carmen Jones, Carmen a Hiphopera is a modern retelling of the story of the tragic gypsy Carmen. The setting ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Townsend

Writer:

Michael Elliot
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mekhi Phifer ... Hill
Beyoncé ... Carmen Brown (as Beyoncé Knowles)
Yasiin Bey ... Lt. Miller (as Mos Def)
Rah Digga ... Rasheeda
Joy Bryant ... Nikki
Wyclef Jean ... Fortune Teller
Da Brat ... Narrator
Jermaine Dupri ... Pockets
Shad Moss ... Jalil (as Lil' Bow Wow)
Casey Lee ... Blaze
Reagan Gomez-Preston ... Caela
Sam Sarpong ... Nathaniel
Troy Winbush ... Sgt. Tony Porter
Fred Williamson ... Lou
Yuri Brown Yuri Brown ... Nori
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Based on Bizet's classic opera and its all African American musical counterpart Carmen Jones, Carmen a Hiphopera is a modern retelling of the story of the tragic gypsy Carmen. The setting has been taken from the hots streets of Barcelona and is now in scorching urban Philadelphia. This time Carmen Brown is an aspiring actress who in her own words 'leaves the whole town speechless.' Her sultry looks and carefree confidence attract the attention of everyone from crooked cop Luietenant Miller to famous rapper Blaze. However Carmen has eyes on the one man she can't have- Seargeant Derrick Hill who is engaged. Yet nothing stops Carmen Brown getting what she wants- except perhaps a trip to LA and an ominous tarot cards prophecy. Written by LadyN1

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Musical | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sensuality, and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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Carmen Brown See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Based upon Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen. See more »

Quotes

Blaze: Hello, I'm Blaze. But my friends call me Case...
[Carmen cuts him off]
Carmen: I know who you are. I'm Carmen.
Blaze: Nice to meet you.
Carmen: Nice to meet you.
Blaze: So what's a fine lady like you doing in Philly? Small town masquerading as a big city.
Carmen: I won't be here for long. See I have dreams... plans.
Blaze: I wanna hear about 'em.
Carmen: [sucks teeth] Pssh. No, you don't.
Blaze: No, really. I'm interested.
[...]
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Remake of Carmen Jones (1954) See more »

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Blaze Rehearsal
Written by Sekani Williams
Performed by Casey Lee
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Not what I expected
9 May 2001 | by angel-273See all my reviews

As a avid lover of opera, my first reaction was one of distaste-- a stuck-up response, I'll admit. My thoughts were like many others: Where does MTV get off screwing around with once of the most beloved operas of all time?

I did decide to watch it however, trying to keep an open mind. I was actually rather pleased by the performances and really taken with the style of filming. It didn't try to be something it's not (which I can really appreciate). It's edgy quality was sensitive enough to the original story that I found myself actually enjoying the production. Not being a fan of rap or hip hop in general, I was surprised by how much I was NOT offended. You can even hear small bits of Bizet's music weave in and out of the fabric. It had it's week moments, and was by no means a great movie, but it was unique, and I can appreciate that. I can also appreciate how this type of "hip hopera" may actually reach some people who would never think of watching traditional opera (just as I had never considered watching a rap artist sing over Bizet's melodies). I recommend this movie because of it's uniqueness and because it honestly wasn't all that bad!


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