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A reformed gangster's devotion to his family is tested when he is released from prison and returns to his old neighborhood.

Cast & Crew

Glenn Plummer
Uncle Shrimp
Todd Louiso
Peter Hall
Fat Dog
Fat Rat
Malik Vitthal
Screenwriter
Ismet Prcic
Screenwriter
Yay Yay Bobby Jones
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Audrey Wilf
Executive Producer
Zygi Wilf
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Flying Lotus
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Critic Reviews for Imperial Dreams

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  • Like the similarly quiet and thrumming Moonlight, Imperial is most affecting as an internal portrait of a young black man's struggle to embrace softness when the world tells him he has to be hard to survive.

    February 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Malik Vitthal's first feature gives rich dramatic life to a piercingly analytical view of the American way of incarceration.

    April 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Like the cyclical cycle of violence and poverty, "Imperial Dreams" mercilessly envelops you in its narrative and refuses to let you go until you've been moved.

    January 31, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Bighearted yet surprisingly nuanced ...

    January 20, 2014 | Full Review…
  • More than any other gang movie in recent memory, Imperial Dreams sidesteps cliches and carves out a place of its own next to the best films in the genre.

    March 22, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Imperial Dreams does not have the buzzing beats or flashing lights of most L.A. stories. Because of this, its characters feel real and its payoffs are gripping.

    February 23, 2017 | Full Review…

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