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R| 1 hr. 35 min.

Plot Summary
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: Mos Def , N'Bushe Wright , Monica Calhoun , Da Brat , Clifton Powell , Lark Voorhies , Reed McCants , Tichina Arnold

Director: Neema Barnette

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Civil Brand (2002)

Release Date: August 29th, 2003|1 hr. 35 min.

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critic reviews ( 13 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • Exploitation shamelessly posing as empowerment, Neema Barnette's self-congratulatory drama about women in prison promises to reveal shocking truths. show more

  • 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, thanks in large part to a strong cast headed by LisaRaye, N'Bushe Wright and Mos Def. show more

  • There's no question that Civil Brand has an ambitious premise, but it feels boxed in by the standard prison-movie formula. show more

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