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

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 24 June 2005 (Spain)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kirsch ...
Confederate Family Dad
Renee Patrick ...
Confederate Family Mom
Molly Graham ...
Confederate Family Child
William Willmott ...
Confederate Family Slave / Frederick Douglas (voice) (as Will Willmott)
Rupert Pate ...
Sherman Hoyle
Evamarii Johnson ...
Greg Hurd ...
Mr. Johnson
Ryan L. Carroll ...
Bobby
Don Carlton ...
Colonel Bloodhound
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Will Averill ...
Blackface Harriet Tubman
Arlo Kasper ...
Joe Bugni ...
Car Guy No. 1
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Car Guy No. 2
Jennifer Coville ...
Daisie
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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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What if the South had won the War? See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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24 June 2005 (Spain)  »

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,644, 14 October 2005, Limited Release

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$671,122, 2 July 2006
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A majority of the racist products featured in the film's fake commercials are real racist products from American history, as explained in the closing disclaimers. See more »

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Since this film deals with an alternate history which diverged from our timeline in 1863, all so-called anachronisms and factual errors dealing with events from that point on should be regarded as plot holes at best, and redundant at least. See more »

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[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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Spoofs The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

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A Great Adventure
Written by Thom Alexander and Michael Paull
Performed by Thom Alexander and Michael Paull
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Extremely Funny Mockumentory
29 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

CSA was much better than I expected. It was produced by Spike Lee and was obviously a labor of love from Kevin Willmott. It shows an alternate history for if the confederates won the civil war.

The style is like a documentary you'd see on the History Channel with fake commercial breaks that show popular products. Probably one of the most disturbing things is that you find out a lot of these products are based on real items (Niggerhair cigarettes and Darky toothpaste come to mind).

As with any good satire, there needs to be an element of truth which is definitely explored in CSA.

I watched the movie with a friend who just got his MA in History, focusing on the civil war. He was extremely amused by CSA and pointed out that a lot of elements would be true if the confederacy won. For example, growing cotton devastates the land, so using manifest destiny as an excuse to acquire land masses is a definite.

There are also fake film clips like The Northern Wind (based on Gone With the Wind) and a commercial for Leave it to Beulah (based on Leave it to Beaver). Instead of Better Homes and Gardens, there's Better Homes and Plantations.

There's also a mention of what happens to Chinese immigrants and Jews.

Overall, very funny. If you watch the trailer and like it, you should definitely see the the entire movie. If you didn't find it funny, avoid CSA. It won't be your kind of humor.


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