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America Brown (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 October 2005 (USA)
A coming-of-age drama that centers on a young quarterback from West Texas, a priest in New York, and the two women in their lives.

Director:

Paul Black

Writer:

Paul Black
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Kwanten ... Ricky Brown
Hill Harper ... John Cross
Natasha Lyonne ... Vera
Élodie Bouchez ... Rosie
Karen Black ... Marianne Brown
Michael Rapaport ... Daniel Brown
Leo Burmester ... Bo Williams
Frankie Faison ... Coach Bryant
Marco Perella ... District Attorney (as Marco Parella)
Wendy Buss ... Lola
Sheila Baley Lucas Sheila Baley Lucas ... First Lady
Mona Lee Fultz ... Second Lady (as Mona Lee)
Paul Black ... Guy
Marie Marshall ... Grace
Brayden Cole Brayden Cole ... Little Ricky
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Storyline

Ricky Brown (Ryan Kwanten) is a high school youth in Texas who knows nothing about the outside world for his was raised his entire life to follow the West Texas tradition of playing football on the gridiron. Ricky desperately tries to find a direction with his life as well as try to shake off the troubled memory of his older brother's recent death in order to avoid the pressure of him to play as his school's top star. Fleeing from the pressures of his small town as well as his mother (Karen Black), Ricky travels to New York City where he shacks up with his former mentor John Cross (Hill Harper), who is now a Catholic priest of a small church. Ricky also meets Vera (Natasha Lyonne) a free-spirited young woman who works as a diner waitress who he hopes to help him find direction. At the same time, Ricky also becomes acquainted with Rosie (Élodie Bouchez) a young Frenchwoman who has a "special relationship" with John that may have lasting consequences for John and Rosie. Written by Larry B.

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Ricky Brown went looking for his hero and found himself See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Elgin, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

CWL, Creation Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An interesting story.
20 February 2006 | by xaing9See all my reviews

I rented this film because I'm a fan of Natasha Lyonne. I honestly wasn't too interested in the dramatic theme at first. Once I put the DVD in and first saw the menu screen (with scenes from the film running) I had a good feeling about the potential. I very quickly got absorbed in the story and the underlying emotion in the main characters. It is a bit roughly edited. There are times you hear voices, and it's not obvious that it is a flashback. This can be a bit confusing, but not to the point where you lose interest in the interaction between the characters. All of the actors do a great job of quietly harboring their complicated emotions, and eventually releasing and making some measure of peace. Natasha is very much as attractive as usual, and plays a character that seems to have some unspoken issues of her own. And the film leaves you contemplating the possibilities of the futures of all the characters involved. It is an inspired work that I think is worth seeing, especially if you appreciate a coming of age story or stories of personal growth and realization.


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