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C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 24 June 2005 (Spain)
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Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.

Director:

Kevin Willmott

Writer:

Kevin Willmott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kirsch Greg Kirsch ... Confederate Family Dad
Renee Patrick Renee Patrick ... Confederate Family Mom
Molly Graham Molly Graham ... Confederate Family Child
William Willmott William Willmott ... Confederate Family Slave / Frederick Douglas (voice) (as Will Willmott)
Rupert Pate Rupert Pate ... Sherman Hoyle
Evamarii Johnson Evamarii Johnson ... Patricia Johnson
Greg Hurd Greg Hurd ... Mr. Johnson
Ryan L. Carroll Ryan L. Carroll ... Bobby
Don Carlton Don Carlton ... Colonel Bloodhound
Kevin McKinney ... Blackface Abraham Lincoln
Will Averill Will Averill ... Blackface Harriet Tubman
Arlo Kasper Arlo Kasper ... Old Abraham Lincoln
Joe Bugni Joe Bugni ... Car Guy No. 1
Troy Moore ... Car Guy No. 2
Jennifer Coville Jennifer Coville ... Daisie
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Storyline

Set in an contemporary alternative world where the Confederate States of America managed to win the American Civil War, a British film documentary examines the history of this nation. Beginning with its conquest of the northern states, the film covers the history of this state where racial enslavement became triumphant and the nation carried sinister designs of conquest. Interspersed throughout are various TV commercials of products of a virulent racist nature as well as public service announcements promoting this tyranny. Only at the end do you learn that there is less wholly imagined material in the film than you might suspect. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines:

What if the South had won the War? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

IFC Films | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

O.P.A.: Omospodia Politeion tis Amerikis See more »

Filming Locations:

Lawrence, Kansas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,644, 14 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$671,122, 2 July 2006
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hodcarrier Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The "viewer discretion advised" title card was suggested by a woman in the film's test audience. See more »

Goofs

The film seems to be aware that the Confederacy set a six year term for its presidents, by having presidential elections at different points in the story in 1960 and 2002. But there is also one in 1880 which does not fit that pattern. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[commercial for Confederate Family Insurance]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: A man fills many roles in his lifetime: provider, protector, master of the house. As a father you have a vital role in your family's life. They depend on you to be there. We help to make sure you can fulfill that promise, because
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: no matter what they call you
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: at the end of the day
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: you know you're just
[pause]
[...]
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Connections

Features The Lawrence Welk Show (1955) See more »

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Dixie
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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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A Great Companion Piece Which Should Be Seen Alongside "Manderlay"
31 March 2006 | by nycriticSee all my reviews

In an alternate universe, Jefferson Davis became president, the Confederates won the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was not shot and killed but becomes an escapee in blackface and dies in disgrace in Canada (not before recording his last words in 1905 -- a little anachronistic since sound in films did not occur until the 1920s), and slavery is alive and well and becoming one with technology. Subversive enough? You'll have to watch this mockumentary to believe it. Nothing is sacred here, and it works so well because it looks as if these events truly took place. It could be a documentary shown on A & E from its meticulous attention to detail to make it look authentic, and its segues into "commercial breaks" are fantastic -- you laugh, but you cringe. And this is exactly what director Kevin Willmott and producer Spike Lee want you to feel.


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