Civil Brand Poster

Release Date: August 29th, 2003

DVD Release Date: January 27th, 2004

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: Yasiin Bey, N'Bushe Wright, Monica Calhoun, Da Brat, Clifton Powell, Lark Voorhies, Reed McCants, Tichina Arnold

Director: Neema Barnette

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Mandalay Entertainment

Keywords: Quest, Tense, 2000s, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • Exploitation shamelessly posing as empowerment, Neema Barnette's self-congratulatory drama about women in prison promises to reveal shocking truths. show more

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