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Civil Brand (2002)

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Frances is in the pen for killing her abusive husband. The abused the prisoners rise up against the "new plantation" that harvest human labor for profit. Nothing will stop Frances and her fellow inmates in this brutal battle for justice.

Director:

Neema Barnette

Writers:

Preston A. Whitmore II (story) (as Preston Whitmore), Preston A. Whitmore II (teleplay) (as Preston Whitmore) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
LisaRaye McCoy ... Frances Shepard (as LisaRaye)
N'Bushe Wright ... Nikki Barnes
Monica Calhoun ... Wet
Clifton Powell ... Warden Alan Deese
Yasiin Bey ... Michael Meadows (as Mos Def)
Da Brat ... Sabrina
Tichina Arnold ... Aisha
Lark Voorhies ... Lil' Momma
Reed R. McCants ... Warden Nelson (as Reed McCants)
MC Lyte ... Sgt. Cervantes
Chris Dodson Chris Dodson ... Miller
Jerry Foster Jerry Foster ... Doctor Moss
Robert Archer Lynn Robert Archer Lynn ... John Banks (as Robert Lynn)
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Storyline

Women prisoners strike up a friendship with a young law student who works as a part-time prison guard. Together they discover that a corporation funds and is profitting from the plantation-like work environment they are forced to work under. In a botched attempt to organize a protest against their "slave labor", the women take over the prison - A rare glimpse of the effects of the prison industrial complex on female inmates. Written by L. J. Allen-2 (Leslye Allen)

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Who ever heard of women taking over a prison...

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Drama | Thriller | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including a rape, and for pervasive strong language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Revolta das Prisioneiras See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,296, 31 August 2003

Gross USA:

$254,293

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$254,293
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lisaraye and Da Brat are real life sisters See more »

Soundtracks

Synthia Song (Song For Francis)
Written by Claude Cave (as Claude B. Cave II), CARLOS D. WILSON, LOUIS W. WILSON, RICARDO A. WILSON M.D.
Performed by Mandrill
Courtesy of WILSON BROS. RECORDS / UNITED ARTISTS RECORDS
Published by MANDRILL MUSIC INC. (ASCAP)/ UNITED ARTISTS MUSIC CO. (ASCAP)
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The Bottom Line
2 June 2004 | by cnicole2002See all my reviews

I'm pretty sure a lot of movies we watch contain errors that were honest mistakes. This movie may have a few major mistakes, but overall we understand where the author was trying to go. Last year I began writing a script myself and after proofreading several times I still may have over looked a few mistakes. The bottom line is Civil Brand was a good movie. I believe the director used the right actresses to star in the movie because they fit the characters easily. Acting is something you have to feel and I believe this is why the movie is considered to be one of our best. There's a major difference between Black Movies and movies with Black stars. Civil Brand is a black movie all the way through. It may be a beginning for us who knows, but most importantly it's something done by us. A $500.00 budget is nowhere near enough to make a movie without pressure, so I say please keep up the good work women. All of the women in this movie are setting the path for aspiring, actresses/ writers like myself.


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