Our America (2002)

Our America


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Our America is the story of LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman two inner-city Chicago teenagers who eloquently distilled their lives on the Mean Streets into an award-winning Public Radio documentary (and later, a book) titled Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago. When a local NPR broadcaster conducts a search for "two young, intelligent African Americans to be on the radio", Jones (played by Roderick Pannell) and Newman (Brandon Hammond) smooth-talk their way into the offices of … More

Rating: R (for language and some violent content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Gordon Rayfield
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On DVD: Apr 13, 2004
Showtime Networks Inc.



as David Isay

as Graham Ellis

as Sandra Williams

as LeAlan Jones

as Lloyd Newman

as Gary Covino

as June Jones

as Sophie Newman

as Stick Newman

as Janell Jones

as Tootchie Jones

as Lindell Newman

as Derrick Morse

as Eric Morse

as Ms. Shaw

as Paxton Wade

as Carla Boone

as Rita Grant

as Harold Stanley

as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for Our America

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

[A] really strong work from start to finish.

Full Review… | July 22, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
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Full Review… | October 20, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Full Review… | October 20, 2004
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Our America

The movie is based on a true story of two boys growing up in the projects of Chicago. They get the opportunity to be reporters for NPR. They bring equipment with them to school and around the community to show what goes on in their daily lives. The documentaries they made were controversial and original. This movie gave an insightful look at the situation and the lack of future image the residents of the inner-city projects experience. One of the boys had no future and the other may have had a future, with help they both had a bright future. Anyone studying a career in Justice or Juvenile Justice should watch this. 3 Stars 7-23-13

Bruce Bruce

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