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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.

Director:

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.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA

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Based on a true story. See more »

Soundtracks

The End of the Rainbow
Written and Performed by McKinley Mitchell
Courtesy of Malaco Records
Harmonica Performed by James "Cowboy' Futrell
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I'm Damned
19 September 2015 | by michaelradnySee all my reviews

Mississippi Damned is what you would call a slow, consistent burner. Nothing ever gets too out of control, the pace doesn't really ever kick off and the story is constantly good. However, that is where the problem lies, as nothing much ever happens. It feels like a continuous circle with no end (not too exciting for a two hour film). But on the plus side, this film does have some interesting ideas which speak loudly and well.

Besides from being rather boring for the entirety of the film, you can't look passed at what this film could have been. So many films have done what this film is trying to do, but the dark emotional slow burner does pay off in the end.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mississippi Damned 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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