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C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, War | 24 June 2005 (Spain)
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Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.

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Kevin Willmott

Writer:

Kevin Willmott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kirsch Greg Kirsch ... Confederate Family Dad
Renee Patrick Renee Patrick ... Confederate Family Mom
Molly Graham Molly Graham ... Confederate Family Child
William Willmott William Willmott ... Confederate Family Slave / Frederick Douglas (voice) (as Will Willmott)
Rupert Pate Rupert Pate ... Sherman Hoyle
Evamarii Johnson Evamarii Johnson ... Patricia Johnson
Greg Hurd Greg Hurd ... Mr. Johnson
Ryan L. Carroll Ryan L. Carroll ... Bobby
Don Carlton Don Carlton ... Colonel Bloodhound
Kevin McKinney ... Blackface Abraham Lincoln
Will Averill Will Averill ... Blackface Harriet Tubman
Arlo Kasper Arlo Kasper ... Old Abraham Lincoln
Joe Bugni Joe Bugni ... Car Guy No. 1
Troy Moore ... Car Guy No. 2
Jennifer Coville Jennifer Coville ... Daisie
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Storyline

Set in an contemporary alternative world where the Confederate States of America managed to win the American Civil War, a British film documentary examines the history of this nation. Beginning with its conquest of the northern states, the film covers the history of this state where racial enslavement became triumphant and the nation carried sinister designs of conquest. Interspersed throughout are various TV commercials of products of a virulent racist nature as well as public service announcements promoting this tyranny. Only at the end do you learn that there is less wholly imagined material in the film than you might suspect. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines:

They Won See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for strong thematic material involving racial issues, language and disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

IFC Films | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

O.P.A.: Omospodia Politeion tis Amerikis See more »

Filming Locations:

Lawrence, Kansas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,706, 9 October 2005

Gross USA:

$672,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$744,165
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hodcarrier Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The "viewer discretion advised" title card was suggested by a woman in the film's test audience. See more »

Goofs

The existence of Nazi Germany, in a world where America apparently never intervened in the First World War, is highly improbable. Kaiser Wilhelm II's regime likely would have won the war and continued leading a healthy, proud German Empire, leaving no opening for the Nazi party to fill. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[commercial for Confederate Family Insurance]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: A man fills many roles in his lifetime: provider, protector, master of the house. As a father you have a vital role in your family's life. They depend on you to be there. We help to make sure you can fulfill that promise, because
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: no matter what they call you
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: at the end of the day
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: you know you're just
[pause]
[...]
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Connections

Spoofs The Cosby Show (1984) See more »

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Dixie
(uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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Brilliant Satire
13 March 2006 | by sanford_junkSee all my reviews

This movie danced along the edge of impropriety, but brilliantly. The premise is good and the execution is genius. Depicting this as a standard 'Ken Burns style' documentary is the perfect way to convey the sweep of history in a short time. The interviews, voice overs, and lingering camera shots of a still photograph were all spot-on.

My favorite part was the multiple level satire of films from the early 20th century showing events from the 19th: a silent movie about Lincoln's capture, a 50s school educational film about the superiority of whites, and a Hollywood war epic about the CSA's wars in South America. Depicting the fictional events through a lens of contemporary attitudes of what would have been the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s... it made my head swim.

The commercials that another reviewer mentioned were humorous breaks in the action, but they didn't go much further than any normal commercial parody. The note at the end from the movie creators about the sources for some of these (I won't give it away) made me twinge with guilt for laughing, which I think is the response they wanted.

Overall, if you are a student of history, a lover of satire, a thinking person, or (god forbid) all 3 - you should see this move.


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