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The Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel (2004)

Three generations of New Orleans prostitute fight the FBI and each other. Based on a true story.

Director:

Ron Lagomarsino

Writers:

Vincent Patrick (story), Vincent Patrick (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Annabella Sciorra ... Jeanette Maier
Ellen Burstyn ... Tommie
Dominique Swain ... Monica
Adrian Roberts ... Dr. Lippton
Michael Arata ... Bobby
Sewell Whitney ... Justice Department Official
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brent Anderson ... School Counselor
John J. Anderson John J. Anderson ... A john
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Court Clerk
Lisa Calhoun Lisa Calhoun ... Nosy neighbor
Russell Durham Comegys ... Deputy Steve (as Russ Comegys)
Robb Conner Robb Conner ... Asst. D.A. Hummel
Stephanie Deaver Stephanie Deaver ... Elle
Maggie Eldred ... Dr. Beaudel
Anthony Michael Frederick ... Agent George Bossier
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Three generations of New Orleans prostitute fight the FBI and each other. Based on a true story.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I madame tis Canal Street See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Color
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Louisiana Way
Written by Richard Warren Rappaport
Performed by Richard Warren Rappaport
Courtesy of A Top New York Label, A Division of Rappaport Arts & Entertainment, Inc.
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Let's hear if for the girls!
5 November 2004 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Eye-popping for TV to say the least. Put the blame on the genes or the panties? Tommie(Ellen Burstyn)is an old time New Orleans prostitute who answers the phone and keeps the books for the family business...a very popular two story brothel on Canal Street in The Big Easy. The business is owned and operated by Tommie's daughter, Jeanette(Annabella Sciorra). Jeanette's daughter, Monica(Dominigue Swain), has learned and enjoyed the tricks of the trade taught her by her mother and grandmother; but wants to break the cycle and get away from the trade for the sake of her own baby daughter. But with business, pleasure and family all rolled into one, it is a very difficult task to break away from a destiny so pre-designed.

One of their most valued clients, a well known local doctor(Adrian Roberts), is arrested for insurance fraud and wants to "sell out" the ladies to the FBI in hopes of beating the rap. The Feds arrest the women on charges of racketeering and drug trafficking. But a clever scheme involving Tommie's little black book containing high profile clients keeps the women from the big lock up. Also in the cast are: Anthony Michael Frederick, Douglas M. Griffin, Sewell Whitney and Russ Comegys. Pretty bold for prime time network TV. Go into this with both eyes wide open.


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