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Our America (2002)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 12 March 2003
The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.

Director:

Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)

Writers:

LeAlan Jones (book), Lloyd Newman (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Josh Charles ... Dave Isay
Brandon Hammond ... Lloyd "Boo" Newman
Serena Lee Serena Lee ... Janelle Jones
Roderick Pannell Roderick Pannell ... LeAlan Jones
Irma P. Hall ... June Jones
Peter Paige ... Gary Covino
Vanessa Williams ... Sandra Williams (as Vanessa A. Williams)
Mykelti Williamson ... Graham Ellis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rukiya Bernard ... Sophie Newman
K.C. Collins ... James (as Chris Collins)
Neil Crone ... Paxton Wade
Jordan Duncan Jordan Duncan ... Eric Morris
Jordan Francis ... Derrick Morris
Maxine Guess ... Mrs. Shaw
Darren John Darren John ... Man telling jokes to homeless people
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Storyline

Our America is the true story of two bright and ambitious Chicago teenagers who, living in one of the worst inner-city neighborhoods in the country, get a chance to become reporters for NPR. Their reporting becomes more compelling when they gather the courage to tell the truth about witnessing two of their peers throw a four-year-old out of a 14th story window. Written by <jackb@imdb.com>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2003 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

El ghetto See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Brandon Hammond and Irma P. Hall played grandson and grandmother in the film Soul Food (1997), prior to this film. See more »

Quotes

LeAlan Jones: I live in the ghetto. I'm supposed to be a loser. I'm supposed to be snatching a purse and shooting your head off. I'm a person that doesn't vote. I'm the motherfucker that's supposed to fill your jails. I'm not supposed to be intelligent; I'm not supposed to know what I know, but I do. I've got an uncle and a cousin that are career criminals, no father, a mother who was pronounced mentally ill, and a grandmother that raised him and twenty kids, but I'll still make it. I know you don't want to ...
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Socially irresponsible redundant crap
13 August 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Our America" tells of two black juvi's who are given recorders so they can do a radio documentary of their project/ghetto. An unfortunate but well intentioned flick, "OA" has nothing new to offer and appears to be a misguided attempt to expose the real truth behind the projects (drugs, gangs, crime, cockroaches, etc.) as if we haven't had our fill of ghetto flicks. What is worse, our heros play a game called "Knockout" which involves dropping rocks from a freeway overpass which everyone knows is as potentially lethal as the gangbangers shooting up the "hood" with their Uzzis and for which they receive a mere reprimand. Stupid tripe not worth the time. (F)


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