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First Time Felon (1997)

Inspired by the true story of Greg Yance. In the film, Yance (Epps) is a hood who goes to jail for possession of drugs. He is given a choice: 5 years in jail or a couple of months in boot ... See full summary »

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Charles S. Dutton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Epps ... Greg Yance
Delroy Lindo ... Calhoun
Rachel Ticotin ... McBride
Anthony 'Treach' Criss ... Tyrone (as Treach)
Justin Pierce ... Eddie
Lucinda Jenney ... Sharon
Jo D. Jonz ... Pookie (as Jo. D. Jónz)
Badja Djola ... Disciple Leader
William Forsythe ... Sorley
Robin Michelle McClamb Robin Michelle McClamb ... Greg's Mother (as Robin Vaughn)
Tom Nowicki ... Hogan
Pepa ... Laverne (as Sandra 'Pepa' Denton)
Kristen Jones Kristen Jones ... Crystal
Byron Altman Byron Altman ... Pookie's Killer
Ed Grady ... Johnny the Farmer
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Storyline

Inspired by the true story of Greg Yance. In the film, Yance (Epps) is a hood who goes to jail for possession of drugs. He is given a choice: 5 years in jail or a couple of months in boot camp. He chooses boot camp and finds out it is tougher than he thought it would be. He braves it through and comes home a better man. He then has to deal with the real world, and never gives up no matter what the odds. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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There's his way or the hard way. One guard. One inmate. One chance for redemption.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Time Felon See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Is the true story of Greg Yance. See more »

Quotes

McBride: Do you think every time you have a problem with a fellow worker you have the right to resort to violence?
Greg YanceTyrone: No Ma'am!
McBride: Do you think you have to fall in love and marry everyone that you work with?
Greg YanceTyrone: No Ma'am!
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Soundtracks

Yo Playa
Written by T. Plough, M. Glove & E. Mous
Performed by DJ Polo featuring Mele Mel & Scorpio
Courtesy of Salmon Records
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a movie about overcoming prejudices
24 December 2005 | by serdarkuru75See all my reviews

Omar Epps portrayed Greg Yance good. A good story line but it can be better filmed. We can make selections in our life and courage needed to overcome prejudices on the way to accomplish our choices is the main idea I think. It is interesting to see the racial prejudices still have place in US but it is some kind of subliminal discrimination. You cant see openly but feel it. The movie gives this good. Also the correction methods of the government which uses military style reeducation on the movie is interesting. it reminds me the methods soviets use to politically educate the misfits to the society. The movie also portrays the dilemma of the convicts. If you made one mistake in your life a second chance is very low option for you.


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