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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 »

Also Known As:

Carmen Brown See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Trivia

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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Connections

Remake of Carmen Jones (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Hill's Prison Song
Written by Sekani Williams
Performed by Mekhi Phifer, Jermaine Dupri and Lil' Bow Wow
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19 December 2002 | by tubajmcSee all my reviews

This was one of the dumbest ideas MTV has come up with. I just thank god that it bombed so badly that they never think of doing a "Hip Hopera" again. Hip-Hop is a simple musical form, and trying to combine it with Opera and making musical theatre out of it is probably one of the worst ideas imaginable. I hated hated hated hated hated this film. Hated every minute of my time it wasted. Hated every agonizing, taste reducing minute of it. Don't watch this. Unless you want to beat your head up against the wall and waste an hour trying to plead for the time you wasted watching it.


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