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Prison Song (2001)

R | | Drama | 27 April 2001 (USA)
A young man lives and learns while growing up on the street and in and out of correctional facilities.

Director:

Darnell Martin

Writers:

Darnell Martin, Q-Tip
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Q-Tip ... Elijah Dixon
Eric McCollum Eric McCollum ... Thomas Wilson (as Eric 'Ace Money' McCollum)
Denee Rivera Denee Rivera ... Jolie Martinez
Justin 'DJ' Spaulding Justin 'DJ' Spaulding ... Young Elijah
Mary J. Blige ... Mom
Snow Snow ... Officer McIntyre
Danny Hoch ... Harris
Bobbito Garcia Bobbito Garcia ... Brown (as 'Bobbito' Robert Garcia)
Hassan Johnson ... Jay
Clay Da Raider Clay Da Raider ... KT
Fat Joe ... Big Pete
Harold Perrineau ... Uncle Cee
Casper Martinez ... C.O. Vilar (as Edil 'Casper' Martinez)
Jamie Hector ... Phone Kid
Mateo Gómez ... Mr. Gonzalez
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A young man lives and learns while growing up on the street and in and out of correctional facilities.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief sexual content
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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New Line Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Insane Clown Posse member Violent J was offered a role as a prison guard, which he would have had to perform without his trademark facepaint. However, Violent J refused the role because he did not want to play a racist character. See more »


Soundtracks

A Teacher's Tale (Oh Well)
Elvis Costello
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Q-Tip Tries To Plug Some Tunes . Not The film I Expected
13 July 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

The name Darnell Martin attracted me to this movie . Martin was a director of season one of the prison drama OZ which is my all time favourite drama show to have come out of America . Martin was in my humble opinion the best director of the show and made the stand out episodes of the series including the debut episode that gripped me tighter than a vice . The synopsis of PRISON SONG led me to believe I'd be watching more of the same . Did I ? Well yes and no

The story is the well worn one of a ghetto kid called Elijah who struggling against the crushing adversity of his environment finds he has a special talent for photography and as he grows up he gets a place at college . What could possibly go wrong ? Destiny apparently because Elijah finds himself facing some hard time

If Martin had concentrated on this we'd get a tough prison movie which while seeing it all before would have been a tough gritty film . You have to take in to account as to who the cast are Q-Tip and Mary J Blige which means we get a pumping soundtrack which will prejudice your opinion . If you enjoy hearing a thump thump thump rap track involving I think the word is " mother figures " then this will enhance your feelings for the movie . If like me you don't then you'll be constantly irritated by the soundtrack

This is a pity because PRISON SONG does just about works as a tough prison drama but only intermittently . The film starts by giving out some sociological figures by pointing out crime stats involving African American men but then quickly gives up the pretence of any social comment and concentrates on the music . At the end of the day PRISON SONG suffers from too much song and not enough prison


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