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Changing the Game (2012)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 11 May 2012 (USA)
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An epic tale about a supremely intelligent young African-American male who rises from the ferocious and oppressive streets of North Philadelphia to being a shining star in the lucrative ... See full summary »

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Rel Dowdell

Writers:

Aaron R. Astillero (screenplay), Rel Dowdell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jakobi Alvin Jakobi Alvin ... Young Darrell Barnes (as JaKobi Alvin)
Suzzanne Douglas ... Mrs. Davis
Thomas Staten Thomas Staten ... Young Andre 'Dre' Newell
Karen Issac Karen Issac ... Ms. Brown
Summer Valentine Summer Valentine ... Angelina
Irma P. Hall ... Grandma Barnes
Dennis L.A. White ... Dre as an Adult (as Dennis LA White)
Sean Riggs ... Darrell as an Adult
Shannon Dorsey Shannon Dorsey ... Nichole
Tony Todd ... Curtis the Diabolical / FBI Agent
Kendia Jones Kendia Jones ... Reba Jones (as Kendia R. Jones)
Ernest Butts Ernest Butts ... Troy
Sticky Fingaz ... Craig (as Kirk 'Sticky Fingaz' Jones)
Nicoye Banks ... Goldie
Brandon Ruckdashel ... Marty Levine
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An epic tale about a supremely intelligent young African-American male who rises from the ferocious and oppressive streets of North Philadelphia to being a shining star in the lucrative world of high finance at Wall Street's most prestigious firm. However, he soon finds that the white-collar world is filled with crime and death just like the drug-filled hood he left behind. His only chance of survival is to fully integrate a mysterious gift from a slain childhood friend fully into the fabric of his character. Written by Rel Dowdell

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When the game changes, so does everything you thought you had seen.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, some drug content, sexuality/nudity and violence
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

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Dre as an Adult: It is necessary when establishing an organization and setting down the laws, to presume that all men are evil. And that they will always act according to the weakness of their spirits whenever they get a chance.
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Great Movie! Forget idiots like White Chocolate Assassin!

This was such a wonderful film with colorless and timeless messages. It could not have come at a better time. If you grew up as a suburbanite who was never exposed to urban America, or as one from Sweden who was privy and never for a moment growing up in the type of environment shown in this film, then this will definitely be like watching a foreign film without the subtitles. One has to know what it's like to overcome obstacles and succeed in life despite having everything against you to appreciate everything this uplifting film has to offer. Also, you have to be one who has someone in your life who has introduced you to having faith in a higher being to appreciate this film, like the grandmother (played by the incredible Irma P. Hall) did for the main character (superb newcomer Sean Riggs.) It is definitely not for the atheist. This film is SO much better than films like "Empire" which could never hold a candle to it. Changing the Game gets the highest of recommendations.


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