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A Message from Pops (2005)

An imprisoned father makes a final attempt to reconnect with his son through a videotaped message. But is it too late?


Edford Banuel Jr.
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Credited cast:
Joel Austen Joel Austen ... Undercover Cop
Dale Basescu ... Undercover Cop
Donna Biscoe ... Mom
Haydn Brathwaite Haydn Brathwaite ... Barbershop Patron
Terrance L. Campbell Terrance L. Campbell ... Barbershop patron
John J. Cornetta ... Undercover Cop
Miko DeFoor ... Arresting Officer
Dorian Missick ... Son
John Nicholson ... Police officer
Kermit Rolison ... Arresting Officer
Nathan Standridge Nathan Standridge ... Arresting Officer #1
Chris Tavarez ... (as Christopher Tavarez)
Brandon Thaxton ... Son in living room
Craig Thaxton Craig Thaxton ... Dad in Living Room
Mr. Thaxton Mr. Thaxton ... Father in Living Room


An imprisoned father makes a final attempt to reconnect with his son through a videotaped message. But is it too late?

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Do as I say, not as I do.


Drama | Short







Release Date:

2 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Box Office


$20,000 (estimated)
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EMB Filmworks See more »
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Good message, great pops
21 February 2006 | by BlackFilmSee all my reviews

Okay, I said that I would try to comment more on short films, so here's another one that I thought stood out. And like another film I commented on, it was the writing that made this one work.

Most of this film is us looking at a television screen as a young man watches a tape of his father sending him a message from prison. I won't say too much about what's going on with the young man at the time, but we see right away that the message came a little too late.

The monologue by Gregory Alan Williams (Pops) was well written, and his performance delivered it in a real and effective way. Some of the other parts of the film were a little contrived and not as well thought out than the message, but I think it was all really just to show us the importance of being timely with such a message and to give us some visual drama to surround the monologue. And the monologue is so well done, that the film is worth seeing for that.

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