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Carmen: A Hip Hopera (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

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 ... 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

Also Known As:

Carmen Brown See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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The film is the second major African-American adaptation of the opera, the first being the 1943 Broadway musical Carmen Jones and its 1954 Academy Award nominated and box office hit film adaptation. See more »

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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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Hill & Miller Argue
Written by Sekani Williams
Performed by Mekhi Phifer and Mos Def
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Bochco directed this right?
12 June 2007 | by muze2222-2See all my reviews

Well, I'm a huge fan of Beyonce Knowles; but, omg; this is Cop Rock just a few years later. Studied classic voice for 8 years, and was not expecting that type of quality; but, the situations where each character breaks into "song", is embarrassing. It's much like the feeling I had when as a college student I watched Steven Bochco's COP ROCK; but this is worse; did this even get an airing on broadcast TV? Poor Beyonce; Thank God she redeemed her self somewhat in "Dreamgirls." one star for trying to being creative; Beyonce is very hot in this; even for a gay guy, I find her exuding natural sexuality more than most of the vanilla, white anorexic actresses today. I hope she didn't put this on her resume'.


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