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American Violet
- Nicole Beharie

Overview - Based on the real-life events surrounding a military-style drug raid on the poor, predominantly black housing project of Arlington Springs, director Tim Disney’s AMERICAN VIOLET shines an unflinching spotlight on the shameful racial profiling practices of a corrupt district attorney in a rural Texas town.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Based on the real-life events surrounding a military-style drug raid on the poor, predominantly black housing project of Arlington Springs, director Tim Disney’s AMERICAN VIOLET shines an unflinching spotlight on the shameful racial profiling practices of a corrupt district attorney in a rural Texas town. The raid, which occurs after a tip by a single informant (a former mental patient bullied by the police to name names), targets among others Dee, a single mother of four with no prior drug charges (excellently played by newcomer Nicole Beharie). When the defendant assigned to her case tries to pressure her into a guilty plea in exchange for a 10-year suspended sentence, Dee refuses, rightly insisting that she has done no wrong. But with the vast majority of the prosecuted taking plea deals, even Dee’s mother (Alfre Woodard) thinks she’s a fool. Dee’s heroic defiance soon wins acolytes in ACLU lawyer David Cohen (Tim Blake Nelson) and his assistant, Byron Hill (Malcolm Barrett). The Yankee lawyers team up with local consul Sam Conroy (Will Patton), a gun-toting Texan battling his own past racist demons, building their case against Calvin Beckett (Michael O’Keefe), the villainous D.A. whose tough-on-crime tactics are a smokescreen for his blatantly racially motivated tactics. Set against the backdrop of 2000’s Bush vs. Gore contest, AMERICAN VIOLET’s left-leaning polemic is clear; but the film’s core message of the fight against injustice rings loud, and is underscored by powerful performances from Beharie, Woodard, and O’Keefe--whose dramatic unraveling during Beckett’s deposition speech is, alone, worth the price of admission.

Cast List

Alfre Woodard - American actress
Tim Ware - Actor
Lucinda Jenney - American Actress
Will Patton - American Actor
David Warshofsky
Bill Haney - Producer, A QUESTION OF FAITH (2001)
Xzibit - Rapper/actor
Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner - Rapper/actor
Malcolm Barrett - Actor
Charles S. Dutton - Actor/Director
Charles Dutton - Actor/Director
Nicole Beharie - Actress
Timothy J. Disney - Screenwriter/director
Tim Disney - Screenwriter/director
Tim Blake Nelson - Actor/Director
Michael O'Keefe
Peter Newman - Producer/Executive
Steve Yedlin - Director of Photography, MAY (2003)
Teddy Castellucci - Composer, JUST MY LUCK (2006)

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 103
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 014381333657
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: April 2011

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
True Story
Corruption
Theatrical Release
Crime
Racism

 
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Reviews:
3 stars out of 5 -- "There is a realistically detailed atmosphere throughout the film....The actors successfully personalize the struggle against an unscrupulous authority, building an emotional impact into AMERICAN VIOLET." - 02/13/2009 Box Office


3 stars out of 4 -- "AMERCIAN VIOLET stars Nicole Beharie, a recent Juilliard graduate in her second role, as Dee Roberts. It is a stunning performance..." - 04/15/2009 Chicago Sun-Times


"[With] excellent, nuanced performances by Beharie, Woodard, Nelson and Patton..." - 04/17/2009 Washington Post


"Directed by Tim Disney from a screenplay written by its producer, Bill Haney, the film is beautifully acted by Ms. Beharie..." - 04/17/2009 New York Times


"Mr. Disney has great success directing a fine cast that includes Will Patton, who gives his most affecting performance of his career..." - 04/17/2009 Wall Street Journal

 
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