Civil Brand 2003

Civil Brand

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Things are tough at Whitehead Correctional Institute, a notorious women's prison. The inmates include Lil' Mamma (Lark Voorhies), a pregnant teen, and Nikki (N'Bushe Wright), the queen bee of Whitehead. The inmates are under the supervision of abusive warden Dease (Clifton Powell), who forces them to endure hours of hard labor, from which he profits. Eventually, the women band together and reach out to part-time prison guard Michael (Mos Def), a law student, who helps them fight for reform.

Cast & Crew

Yasiin Bey
Michael Meadows
N'Bushe Wright
Nikki Barnes
Da Brat
Sabrina
Clifton Powell
Captain Dease
Lark Voorhies
Little Momma
Reed McCants
Warden Nelson
Joyce Lewis
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Joyce Lewis
Writer (Screenplay)
Preston A. Whitmore II
Writer (Screenplay)
Yuri Neyman
Director of Photography
Preston A. Whitmore II
Executive Producer
Stevie "Black" Lockett
Executive Producer
Jeff Clanagan
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Civil Brand

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (16)

  • It's impossible to ignore the strain of misogyny that taints the movie.

    October 16, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's guilty of gross B-movie meltdown, but mitigating circumstances include honest anger and a scattering of vivid scenes.

    October 13, 2003
  • Barnette, a veteran TV director, means this as an expos of prison abuse and exploitation, but the film is too simplistic and derivative to succeed.

    October 10, 2003 | Rating: 1/4
  • Artistically, its heavy-handed clumsiness undercuts its goals.

    October 10, 2003 | Rating: D
  • It presents a heated-up, awkward blend of earnest outrage and down-and-dirty exploitation.

    October 9, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • Plagued by continuity problems, ham-fisted storytelling and a problematic voiceover by Da Brat, Civil Brand feels less like a prison movie than a prison sentence.

    October 9, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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