A young gang member turns his life around in prison, thanks to the friendship he forms with a convicted murderer who becomes his mentor.

Director:

Trevor White

Writers:

Lane Shadgett (screenplay), Trevor White (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Rocco Lofranco ... James Burns (as Spencer Lofranco)
Mary-Louise Parker ... Tracy
Ving Rhames ... Conrad
James Woods ... Lt. Mark Falton
Taissa Farmiga ... Sarah
Rosa Salazar ... Crystal
Michael Trotter ... Roc
Ben Rosenfield ... Chris
Taboo ... Guillermo (as Jimmy 'Taboo' Gomez)
Aaron Opara Aaron Opara ... Manny
Keon Clayton Keon Clayton ... Drew
R. Emery Bright ... Correction Officer #1 (as Emery Bright)
Ken Arnold ... Correction Officer #2
Joe Ordaz ... Correction Officer #3
Kellyn Rogers Kellyn Rogers ... Holly Burns
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The true story of James Burns who, as a teenager goes from the suburban street gangs of Denver to a maximum-security prison cell surrounded by hardened criminals. In this unlikely setting, will James emerge with hope and a brighter future? Written by Anonymous

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Stay up. Never down.


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Taissa Farmiga and Rosa Salazar both appeared in the first season of American Horror Story (2011). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, there is a summary of what James has achieved since the movie time-line finished but there's a glaring spelling mistake and quite ironic in the context of the sentence: "He (James) studied writing and poetry at Borough of Manhattan Community College and hopes to continue his highter [sic] education" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Conrad: [pinning James to the ground] We get a hundred little shits like you transferred from Youth Corrections every year. Now, you got two problems. One, you done all your time so far with kids instead of real cons, so you think you're tougher than you actually are. Two, the guards at the YOS still think they can put Humpty back together, which makes 'em soft. Means you're used to gettin' away with shit. Here, you throw an elbow at another inmate, we got a problem. You understand that?
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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Lifeline
Performed by Citizen Cope
Written by Citizen Cope (as Clarence Greenwood)
Courtesy of Rainwater Recordings
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Diamond in the dirt
23 January 2014 | by deelusionalmusicSee all my reviews

I have to disagree with the other reviews here. Before deciding to watch this film, I took a sneak peak on a youtube trailer. It looked decent so I gave it a go. Maybe for snobby upper class people, this movie would not be that great. Truth is, it's a very realistic look into the life of a troubled young man. I can relate due to the events that have taken place in my life as well. If you are a fan of "Baby Boy" , "Boys N The Hood" , "Dog Pound", "Felon" etc, then you will probably enjoy this film as well. It's more of a modern day teenage gangster movie which depicts the reality of a 14 year old violent, drug dealing, stick up kid, hard ass who weaves his way in and out of jail. The acting was up to par with any other Hollywood movies, and was most definitely not "terrible", as stated in other reviews. I rated this movie 8 stars due to the fact that I had expected very little from this film, and yet it delivered a true, gritty, grimy, feel of the life of a teenage gangster. Paired up with average acting and nicely shot camera angles. I would suggest this movie to anyone who enjoys this genre of film. Take a chance, you won't regret it!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jamesy Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

Maryland, USA

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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