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Anne B. Real (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama | 14 June 2003 (USA)
The coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.


Lisa France


Antonio Macia (story), Antonio Macia (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Leon ... Juan Gimenez
Eric Smith Eric Smith ... Deuce
Jackie Quinones ... Kitty
Sherri Saum ... Janet Gimenez
Geronimo Frias ... Darius (as Geronimo Frias Jr.)
Antonio Macia ... Michael Dominguez
Janice Richardson ... Cynthia Gimenez (as Janice Richardson aka 'JNYCE')
Julia Moran Julia Moran ... Young Cynthia
Omas Diaz Omas Diaz ... Young Juan
David Zayas ... Cynthia's Dad
David Cera David Cera ... Gomez - Drug Dealer #1
Zhamyr 'Summy' Cueva Zhamyr 'Summy' Cueva ... Eduardo, Drug Dealer #2
Kamau Hervert Kamau Hervert ... Himself, Rapper
Charles Holt ... Angel
'Nesta' Ward 'Nesta' Ward ... Frank


The coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis





Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and drug content






Release Date:

14 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Анна Б. Риал See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

We thank the ANNE FRANK - Fonds. Basel, the Copyright holder for allowing us to quote some sentences out of Anne Frank's Diary See more »


References 8 Mile (2002) See more »


Be Somebody
Written by Paula Cole
Performed by Paula Cole featuring Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins
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I loved this film!
10 May 2003 | by plkldfSee all my reviews

I saw Anne B. Real at the Maryland Film Festival. It is great!

The lead actress (credited on screen as JNYCE and credited on IMDB as Ja Nice) Richardson is fantastic as Cynthia, going to high school in greater NYC, who dreams of a career as a hip hop artist, but who is surrounded by people who want to use her, or who tell her she won't amount to anything. She is fantastic. At the Festival, the director, Lisa France, told us that the young woman was an R&B performer, not a hip hop artist, and was not an experienced actor. The producer, who was there at the Q&A, credited Lisa France's direction as contributing to the excellent acting job by JNYCE.

Jackie Quinones plays her friend Kitty. She is a hoot! From the first time she comes on screen you know this is going to be a fun movie because she's in it -- very loud and brassy and New York, funny and appealing. Every filmmaker, I think, hopes for a scene-stealer like this in his/her movie. What a find! What a great job! Many of her lines are improvised, since they re-wrote the script to give her more screen time, and they didn't have dialogue ready.

Most of the audience at MFF was grown-ups, and the prevailing idea during the Q&A was that this was a great message movie for kids, especially teen-age girls (I have one, 16). I bought the DVD, and raved about the film when I got home. My daughter watched it and I'm happy to say she loved it. It's not a given that something that adults think is good for kids is something the kid herself will enjoy, but mine likes the film a lot. She's coming with me to see it again at a thank-you screening for MFF volunteers.

Interestingly shot, excellent performances from a mixture of brand new actors and veterans, well-written and exciting! A great film for adults, and a great film for teen-agers of any color from any part of the world.

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