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

PG-13 | | 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.

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Kevin Willmott

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for strong thematic material involving racial issues, language and disturbing images | 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

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The reason San Francisco was chosen as the place the audience watches the "documentary" was because the filmmakers wanted the irony of portraying a traditionally ultra-liberal city in the ultra-conservative Confederacy. See more »

Goofs

When the transfer of power in Washington is being presented, the British historian narrates: "Dixie, a former musical show tune ironically penned by a northerner, replaces the national anthem." During the Civil War, the USA had no national anthem to "replace." Although "The Star-Spangled Banner" was popular, it was never officially recognized as the national anthem during the 19th century. The Navy adopted it as their song in 1889 and President Woodrow Wilson proposed it as a national anthem in 1916, but it was not given formal status until 1931. In the 1800s, the "Banner" was one of various songs that served as unofficial anthems, including "Hail Columbia" and "My Country, 'Tis of Thee". It would have been more appropriate to have the man in the film say "Dixie, a former musical show tune ironically penned by a northerner, is adopted as the national anthem." 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

References The Civil War (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

A Great Adventure
Written by Thom Alexander and Michael Paull
Performed by Thom Alexander and Michael Paull
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Funny, satirical look at parallel US
16 February 2004 | by Venkman78See all my reviews

I was able to catch CSA at the TRUE/FALSE Film Festival in Columbia, MO (great fest, kudos to all involved). The Producer and Director of CSA were there to briefly discuss the film. Sadly, it was held at the Blue Note, which is a fantastic venue for watching bands, but not for screening films. Anyway, on to the review.

Told like a Ken Burns Civil War documentary, CSA really gives a great look at what "might have been." From Jefferson Davis as the President of the United States and his exile of Abraham Lincoln to Canada, to The President meeting with Chancellor Hitler to discuss enslaving the Jewish race as opposed to destroying it to JFK's assasination because of his wanting to end slavery, the film touched on many of the United States' milestone moments told through this alternate universe. The span of American history is so vast that, unfortunately the film raises more questions than could possibly be answered.

The director spoke after the film and said he made this film to bring the subject of race to the forfront and to open discussion about it. As far as a spark for discussion, it works well. I just wish it could have delved deeper into the social, economical and political issues it raises (would there be protests toward slavery as now there are protests against the Bush administration's unilateral attack on Iraq? Interesting topic...).

The one thing that completely blew me away was that all the products advertised in the "commercial breaks" were real. I knew of one or two, but not all of them. That was a very interesting twist that stood out in a film filled with interesting and satirical twists.


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