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Mississippi Damned (2009)

Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.

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Tina Mabry

Writer:

Tina Mabry
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Cast

Credited cast:
Adam Clark ... Junior
Malcolm Goodwin ... Sammy Stone
Michael Hyatt ... Delores
Malcolm David Kelley ... Young Sammy
Jossie Thacker Jossie Thacker ... Charlie
Tessa Thompson ... Kari Peterson
Simbi Kali ... Anna (as Simbi Kali Williams)
D.B. Woodside ... Tyrone
Chasity Kershal Hammitte Chasity Kershal Hammitte ... Leigh
Kylee Russell ... Young Kari
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cynthia Addai-Robinson ... Milena
Michael Beasley ... James
Donna Biscoe ... Gloria
Southey Blanton Southey Blanton ... Irv
Benjamin Brown ... Ray
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Storyline

In the years 1986 and 1998 three black children living in Mississippi deal with poverty, violence and abuse. Young Kari the main character, is a talented pianist who hopes to pursue a career in it one day. Her sister Leigh is struggling to hide her lesbian relationship with her girlfriend, Paula. Their cousin Sammy, is a star basketball player. Each child deals with their dysfunctional family, including gambling, alcoholism, and poverty.

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Wanting to escape was the easy part.

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Morgan's Mark See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While the boys are at basketball practice the words "Hertford County" can be seen on their jerseys. This movie is said to be set in rural Mississippi, but there is no Hertford County in Mississippi. See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Use Me Up
Written by Lyn Alexander Chambers & Nathan McClam
Performed by Sho Nuff (as Sho-Nuff)
Courtesy of Malaco Records
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Damned From the Start
1 October 2015 | by bland-kevin67See all my reviews

I am not sure why this movie was made. Every stereotype has been exhausted to the fullest in the movie. I think black folks and homosexuals are portrayed in a light that basically enforces every stereotype on old time television. I am not a fan of smoldering movies with a payoff that is seen a mile away coming. The shades of hope are quite evident in this movie where the darker you are the darker the chances of any salvation. The topics in this drama are real but I am certain this was meant to be touching when all it seemed to be to me was an outright downer movie. I think movies should have some learning lesson for the viewer and not just droll on like Boris Karloff doing his Frankenstein thing. The end is also quite disappointing and there is nothing I can redeem from it.


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