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Doing Hard Time (2004)

A father's eight year old son is murdered in a gangland shooting. The father (Boris Kodjoe) gets himself thrown into prison to avenge his son's death.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Kodjoe ... Michael Mitchell
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Curtis Craig aka: Durty Curt From Detroit (as Michael K. Williams)
Sticky Fingaz ... Eddie Mathematic
Reagan Gomez-Preston ... Rayvon Jones
Jazsmin Lewis ... Robin
William L. Johnson ... Clever
Marcello Thedford ... Toure Smalls
Emilio Rivera ... Officer David Teal
Chenoa Maxwell ... Elise
Charles Malik Whitfield ... Armand
Patrice Fisher ... Lt. Elaine Lodge
Steven Bauer ... Det. Anthony Wade
Giancarlo Esposito ... Captain Pierce
Michael Kimbrew ... Raymond Carver aka: Razor
Kelsey Shaw McNeal Kelsey Shaw McNeal ... Gutter
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Storyline

When Michael Mitchell's seven-year-old son, Chase, is accidentally shot during an aborted drug deal, no one knows for sure which of the two gunmen, Curtis "Durty Curt From Detroit" Craig or Raymond "Razor" Carver, pulled the trigger. Because both men refuse to testify against the other, a jury finds them guilty only of drug possession, meaning they could be back on the street in two years. Having already lost Chase's mother to cancer, Michael can't live with the idea of his only child's murder going unpunished. As part of a methodical plan to exact his revenge, he commits a brutal crime to get himself sentenced to the same institution as Durty Curt and Razor. Meanwhile, Durty Curt is determined to settle the score with Razor, who has fallen in with prison kingpin Eddie Mathematic. As a showdown approaches, a cast of players, from prison guard Capt. Pierce to gay bookie Clever to Michael's illiterate cell mate, Smalls take sides and place bets on the outcome. Written by Andrew Hindes

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He had to get in, to get even.

Genres:

Drama | Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A sitten See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Clever asks Durty how much money he has to which he replies "a couple hundred dollars". Clever responds by saying "you're gonna need that 200 dollars to survive". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Never Be Alone
Written by DeYon Dobson, Jeffrey Freeman, Tim Owens
Performed by Tim Owens
Courtesy of Yon Ti Entertainment
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Sins of the father
15 March 2005 | by orclordSee all my reviews

I was amazed at how great this movie was. Recently I've been renting a lot of these types of movies (typicaly "black violence") due to the fact that i enjoy violence in movies. But this one surprised me quite a bit.. The storyline seemed a bit silly at first.. Son gets shot in a crossfire of a sour drug deal and the father gets himself arrested so he can get revenge on the guys who killed him.. While it sounded to me like the father was going to be the main character, it turns out to focus more on one of the 2 people who were arrested for the murder/drug deal.

That turned out to be a very good thing. the father (played by Boris Kodje, who's apparently famous... i never heard of him) was a single minded robot bent on revenge. I didn't care too much about his character. However, the convict has to deal with life in prison and learn the rules of the big house if he wants to get out alive.

There is quite a bit of violence in this movie, but its nothing you haven't seen on Oz, or just about any other R rated movie. There is nudity in here, but its just the backside of the guys in prison, nothing sexual or anything.

I strongly recommend this movie to those that like these types. very well done and the ending is certainly not what i had expected.


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