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American Violet (2009)

American Violet

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

April 17, 2009 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

103 min.

Studio

Samuel Goldwyn Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Tim Disney

Producer

Bill Haney

Screenwriter

Bill Haney

Starring

Story


Based on real events and set in small town Texas in the year 2000, "American Violet" tells the story of Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie), a 24 year old African-American mother of four who is swept up in a drug raid and falsely accused based on the uncorroborated testimony of a single informant.

Despite the urgings of her mother Alma (Alfre Woodard), Dee rejects a plea bargain that would release her from jail but forever brand her as a felon. With the custody of her children at stake, she instead decides to take on the powerful district attorney behind it all, Calvin Beckett (Michael O'Keefe). Roberts finds herself in an unlikely alliance with ACLU attorney David Cohen (Tim Blake Nelson) and former local narcotics officer Sam Conroy (Will Patton). With inspiring courage and dignity, Dee overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles, forever changing her and the Texas justice system.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..an instructive, sturdily built drama..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
“..more affecting than it ought to be..”
by Scott Tobias [Onion AV Club]
“..A docudrama with a good heart but a heavy hand..”
by Melissa Anderson [Village Voice]