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American Violet (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 April 2009 (USA)
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A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.

Director:

Tim Disney

Writer:

Bill Haney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Beharie ... Dee Roberts
Tim Blake Nelson ... David Cohen
Will Patton ... Sam Conroy
Michael O'Keefe ... Calvin Beckett
Xzibit ... Darrell Hughes
Malcolm Barrett ... Byron Hill
Charles S. Dutton ... Reverend Sanders (as Charles Dutton)
Alfre Woodard ... Alma Roberts
Tim Ware ... Mark Shelby
Paul David Story ... David Higgins
David Warshofsky ... Robert Foster
Lucinda Jenney ... Leona Conroy
Karimah Westbrook ... Claudia Johnson
Paul Guilfoyle ... Judge Belmont
Pamala Tyson Pamala Tyson ... Gladys Williams
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A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.

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Taglines:

When law is without order.....and justice is far from just.....one woman must take a stand

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, drug references and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Inquisition See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$243,162, 19 April 2009

Gross USA:

$554,434

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$554,434
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Uncommon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although it says on screen that the film takes place in Melody, Texas beginning in November 2000, the events depicted actually took place in Hearne, Robertson County, Texas, which did begin in November 2000, and were based on the the case known as Regina Kelly v. John Paschall. Melody, Texas is a fictional town name, created for this film. See more »

Goofs

When Dee is driving to work she honks her horn at a Pontiac G6 that pulls out in front of her. The G6 was not in production until 2005. The movie makes several references to the 2000 election that was upcoming. See more »

Connections

Features Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Forgot it was Wrong
alternate name "Breakin' the Rules"
Written by Carolyn Richardson and German Pizano, Rene Izquierdo, Andrew Miller, Antoine Offett
Performed by Taniq
Produced by Adriohn Richardson and Carolyn Richardson and German Pizano, Rene Izquierdo, Andrew Miller, Antoine Offett as TANIQ
Courtesy of Crazatic Entertainment Corporation
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Worth Seeing
6 May 2009 | by jrmcoachSee all my reviews

Somewhat preachy, but revealing story of how DAs in rural Texas in particular and maybe South in general have and use the power to make their statistics look good by picking on African Americans. The first half has the ambiance of a taut documentary. Less so after the civil lawsuit began. It should have been a civil rights suit in the federal court, but this wasn't made clear at first. The deposition scenes really detracted from the impact, but maybe that's the way depositions are conducted in Texas. Alfra Woodard as the Grandmother takes the top acting honors. However, the acting was first rate from top to bottom.

Jim Madison, Menlo Park, CA


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