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Civil Brand (2003)

Civil Brand (2003)

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A hip-hop tale of young Black women behind bars who are forced to unite against a corrupt prison system. Together they form the family unit they never had, but a cruel captain and power hungry warden have other plans. They force the women to work under slave conditions manipulated by corporate greed. When the abuse becomes overwhelming, the girls decide to strike back. But the odds are stacked against them. After all, who ever heard of women taking over a prison?

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Cast

LisaRaye McCoy
as Frances Shepard
N'Bushe Wright
as Nikki Barnes
Da Brat
as Sabrina
Clifton Powell
as Captain Dease
Reed R. McCants
as Warden Nelson
Lark Voorhies
as Little Momma
MC Lyte
as Sgt. Cervantes
Yasiin Bey
as Michael Meadows
Lisa Ray
as Frances Shepard
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Critic Reviews for Civil Brand

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

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

October 10, 2003 | Rating: 1/4

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…

Without a scorcher like Pam Grier, the sub-NYPD Blue dialogue and acting dilute what could have been a shrieking wake-up call about for-profit prisons.

October 8, 2003 | Full Review…

Although the film loses its way in the late going with a preponderance of melodramatic elements that dilute the more compelling social message, for much of its running time it packs a visceral punch.

August 30, 2003

A compelling, highly charged film that brings a contemporary perspective to classic prison picture elements.

August 28, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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