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Anchor Baby (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 10 December 2010 (Nigeria)
Anchor Baby is a tale of an illegal immigrant couple from Nigeria on a quest to create a better life for their unborn child. Their dream is to have their baby in the United States in order for the baby to become a US citizen.




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Credited cast:
... Joyce Unanga
... Paul Unanga
Terri Oliver ... Susan Backley
... Joey
Mark Cassius ... Attorney John Rogdougougan
... Landlord / Steve
Colin Paradine ... Tim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... ICE Agent Labinsky
... Immigration Escort #1
Tara Beier ... Immigrant Factory Worker (as Tara Browne)
Adam Belanger ... Mover #1
Lacey Benedetti ... Boarding Stewardess # 2
Ben Bessong ... Black ICE Agent #2
Peter Botteas ... Male Factory Worker #2
Dan Bowers ... ICE Agent #1


Married illegal immigrant couple, Joyce (Omoni Oboli) and Paul Unanga (Sam Sarpong) have been ordered to be deported by the US immigration. They agree to leave; only after Joyce who is 5 months pregnant delivers her baby inside the US. This will guarantee automatic citizenship for their child. Later, Paul is caught and deported. Then, Joyce struggles on her own to accomplish their dream. Joyce, meets Susan Backley (Terri Oliver), a married freelance writer who offers to help her with free accommodation until her baby is born. Joyce accepts the offer. Now, with the help of Susan, Joyce sets out on the most daring journey of her life; to achieve the 'American Dream' for her unborn child. She will try by any means necessary. Written by Anonymous

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A degree of desperation... That's all it takes.


Drama | Thriller


Not Rated


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Release Date:

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Opening Weekend:

$13,850 (Nigeria), 12 December 2010, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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Biased and unrealistic
5 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I just watched this film on an overseas flight and was shocked by many obvious errors. First, the woman is extremely large at 4 months pregnant (the size a woman is just before labor) and never changes size the entire film. Secondly, the film is supposed to be based in Chicago and it doesn't even attempt to look like that city at all. The nice interior of the illegal immigrant's home is also not realistic at all for the United States - it looks like a suburban home, yet is supposed to be an urban housing block? Lastly, and most importantly, the values portrayed as heroic are an unjust abuse of the US immigration system. The concept of "anchor baby" has already been eradicated in the UK and other first world countries because it is an unfair way for someone to forcefully gain citizenship while others are patiently waiting in line. Overall, I'm disappointed that film festivals gave this film such good ratings. Whatever your political views, this is a poor film with blatant errors.

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