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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: You call your son Angel Boy cos in the bricks, the softer the name, the harder the man. But Gideon was hard. And you were hard. And your daddy was hard. And look at us. Deceased, derelict, departed. And you swear, Angel Boy won't end up a savage. Dead, smiling on a T-Shirt. He won't work the corner. He won't work the curb. He won't want to be the emperor under this dark Imperial highway. Because monarchs are not elected around here. They're made with a gun. And they reign only until it rains......
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No Police
Written by Doja Cat (Amala Zandile Dlamini)
Produced by Dream Koala
Performed by Doja Cat
Courtesy of Kemosabe Records
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Terrific exploration of "Life in the Projects."
13 August 2014 | by richardfwrightSee all my reviews

This scintillating exploration of the societal hurdles faced by castigated members of society is superbly acted, well filmed, and an outstanding directorial debut by Malik Vittel. Starring future star British actor John Boyega in a sublime performance, the cast perfectly projects the near futility of trying to break out of our own caste system. Like an updated version of Boyz n the Hood, this film accurately portrays life in it's on-location setting in the projects of Los Angeles. A must see, and a lesson in how well-made a small-budget indie film can be. Those fortunate enough to have viewed the film will readily understand why it took the Audience Award in the NEXT competition at a Sundance.

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