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Imperial Dreams (2014)

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A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.


Malik Vitthal
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Credited cast:
John Boyega ... Bambi
Rotimi ... Wayne
Glenn Plummer ... Uncle Shrimp
De'aundre Bonds ... Gideon
Keke Palmer ... Samaara
Fat Dog Fat Dog ... Fat Rat
Nora Zehetner ... Janine
Todd Louiso ... Peter Hall
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sufe Bradshaw ... Detective Gill
Jernard Burks ... Cornell
Ethan Coach Ethan Coach ... Day
Justin Coach Justin Coach ... Day
Kandiss Edmundson ... Jail Guard
Maximiliano Hernández ... Det. Hernandez
Larry Hopson Larry Hopson ... Jail Vister


A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.

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Release Date:

1 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sny o imperium See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Film critic Chase Whale wrote, "Imperial Dreams is the best film to come out of the [2014] Sundance Film Festival. John Boyega first wowed audiences with his dynamite performance in Attack the Block. Once again playing the anti-hero, Imperial Dreams is another victory lap for this young actor, who's going to go on to do big, big things." See more »


Bambi: He was on the way from church, five years old, when he saw his first dead man. A loud deacon. He knew everything about Jesus and nothing about blackjack. Then suddenly he was Sunday quiet. "See how easy it is to change things?" my uncle said to him. "This is power, my boy." He knew then that no daddy was Superman. And no baby mama was Wonder Woman. That shit was bullshit.
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We Have Love
Written by Arrow Brown
Performed by The Arrows
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
Published by Dust Index (BMI)
Administered by SC Publishing
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Great Perspective On Life in The Streets
30 April 2017 | by KalKenobi83See all my reviews

Watched Imperial Dreams Featuring John Boyega(The Whale) as Bambi , Rotimi Akinosho(Divergent) as Wayne , Keke Palmer(Joyful Noise) as Samaara, Glenn Plummer(Sons Of Anarchy) as Uncle Shrimp,De'Aundre Bonds(Gangster Squad) as Gideon ,Sufe Bradshaw(Bones) as Detective Gill, Jernard Banks(The Hangover) as Cornell, Nora Zehetner(The Brothers Bloom) as Janine, Anika Noni Rose(Half Of A Yellow Sun) as Miss Price, Maxmiliano Hernandez(Sicario) as Detective Hernandez . also Amazing Performance once again from Boyega .This was a great Drama also got perspective on life in the Hood also its not Easy to change your stripes if your from the projects but it was cool he tried live and Honest life despite his rough upbringing Great Perspective On Life in The Streets.Amazing Producing from Jonathan Schwartz(The Way Back) , Score By Flying Lotus(Cove Road), Costume Design By Chasia Johnson(Walk This Way) & Chasia Kwane ,Cinematography By Monika Lenczewska(Difret) ,Screenplay & Direction By Malik Vitthal(Watts And Volts) Great Perspective On Life in The Streets 9/10

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