Emperor

2020, Drama/History, 1h 39m

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Fighting his way north to free himself and his family, outlaw slave Shields "Emperor" Green joins forces with abolitionist John Brown for a daring raid in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., in 1859.

Cast & Crew

Dayo Okeniyi
Shields Green
Katerina Graham
Delores
Bruce Dern
Levi Coffin
Keean Johnson
Rufus Little
Ben Robson
Luke McCabe
Mark Amin
Director
Mark Amin
Screenwriter
Pat Charles
Screenwriter
Mark Amin
Producer
Tyler Boehm
Executive Producer
Susan Kirr
Executive Producer
Jeremy Rouse
Cinematographer
Javier Navarrete
Original Music
Heather R. Dumas
Production Design
Parker Beck
Art Director
Jonna Capehart
Set Decoration
Amy Andrews
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Critic Reviews for Emperor

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (5)

  • It's merely watchable, a low-stakes contribution to the current renaissance of African American film-making.

    February 23, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As the film progresses, several cast members look like they'd be more comfortable in a Drunk History short; others just look like they'd be more comfortable working for somebody with experience directing actors.

    August 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [Emperor] re-presents a dark period in American history without being inspired or insightful enough to be worth your curiosity or emotional investment.

    August 18, 2020 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Okeniyi has a strong presence that conveys a genuine moral authority. It stands in stark relief against the movie's consistently cartoonish portrayals of the white slavers.

    August 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 'Black Panther' meets 'The Birth of a Nation' in this rousing account of Shields Green, who escaped the shackles of slavery to fight alongside abolitionist John Brown.

    August 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • a powerful film that is based on the real life story of an escaped slave named Shields Green. However, most of it feels forced and exaggerated.

    January 9, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's merely watchable, a low-stakes contribution to the current renaissance of African American film-making.

    February 23, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As the film progresses, several cast members look like they'd be more comfortable in a Drunk History short; others just look like they'd be more comfortable working for somebody with experience directing actors.

    August 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [Emperor] re-presents a dark period in American history without being inspired or insightful enough to be worth your curiosity or emotional investment.

    August 18, 2020 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Okeniyi has a strong presence that conveys a genuine moral authority. It stands in stark relief against the movie's consistently cartoonish portrayals of the white slavers.

    August 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • a powerful film that is based on the real life story of an escaped slave named Shields Green. However, most of it feels forced and exaggerated.

    January 9, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Green is an active, charismatic figure as played by [Dayo] Okeniyi, and we're firmly on his side.

    September 1, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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