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C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, War | 24 June 2005 (Spain)
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Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.

Director:

Kevin Willmott

Writer:

Kevin Willmott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kirsch Greg Kirsch ... Confederate Family Dad
Renee Patrick Renee Patrick ... Confederate Family Mom
Molly Graham Molly Graham ... Confederate Family Child
William Willmott William Willmott ... Confederate Family Slave / Frederick Douglas (voice) (as Will Willmott)
Rupert Pate Rupert Pate ... Sherman Hoyle
Evamarii Johnson Evamarii Johnson ... Patricia Johnson
Greg Hurd Greg Hurd ... Mr. Johnson
Ryan L. Carroll Ryan L. Carroll ... Bobby
Don Carlton Don Carlton ... Colonel Bloodhound
Kevin McKinney ... Blackface Abraham Lincoln
Will Averill Will Averill ... Blackface Harriet Tubman
Arlo Kasper Arlo Kasper ... Old Abraham Lincoln
Joe Bugni Joe Bugni ... Car Guy No. 1
Troy Moore ... Car Guy No. 2
Jennifer Coville Jennifer Coville ... Daisie
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Storyline

Set in an contemporary alternative world where the Confederate States of America managed to win the American Civil War, a British film documentary examines the history of this nation. Beginning with its conquest of the northern states, the film covers the history of this state where racial enslavement became triumphant and the nation carried sinister designs of conquest. Interspersed throughout are various TV commercials of products of a virulent racist nature as well as public service announcements promoting this tyranny. Only at the end do you learn that there is less wholly imagined material in the film than you might suspect. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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What if the South had won the War? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for strong thematic material involving racial issues, language and disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The footage of the "JBU terrorist attack" was actually news reel footage from when a B-25 bomber accidentally crashed into the Empire State Building. See more »

Goofs

Before the end credits, the movie explains that numerous products featured as commercials in the fictional world were actual products which were, as the film put it, "Part of the history of the United States of America." However, Darkie Toothpaste, though it did exist, was never an American product, nor was it ever sold in the United States. It was a product manufactured by Hawley & Hazel, a company founded and based in China, and has never been sold outside of Asia. Hawley & Hazel was acquired by the US company Colgate-Palmolive in 1985, which immediately changed the product name to "Darlie" in its English packaging, and changed the face of the black man on the package to a racially-ambiguous one. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[commercial for Confederate Family Insurance]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: A man fills many roles in his lifetime: provider, protector, master of the house. As a father you have a vital role in your family's life. They depend on you to be there. We help to make sure you can fulfill that promise, because
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: no matter what they call you
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: at the end of the day
[pause]
Confederate Family Insurance Speaker: you know you're just
[pause]
[...]
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Connections

References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Space
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Written and Performed by Spencer Moore
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User Reviews

 
Art house satire that occasionally stings and bites
16 August 2009 | by mozliSee all my reviews

A welcome addition to the Spike Lee family of films and the growing number of films that don't pander to the lowest common denominator for African-Americans: Daughters of the Dust/ Native Son/ Magic Love/The Spook who sat by the Door.

No stunt casting like P.Diddy in Raisin in the Sun.

The concept of alternate universe storytelling is radical for black filmmakers. That they found so much material to support the imaginary world they were creating was astonishing. My only real complaint is the level of acting on display. Some of it is passable but much of it was amateurish, community theater level. Ultimately, the audience for this film will grow over the years and will be discovered by all kinds of movie fans and film buffs.


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Official Sites:

IFC Films | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

CSA 〜南北戦争で南軍が勝ってたら?〜 See more »

Filming Locations:

Lawrence, Kansas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,706, 9 October 2005

Gross USA:

$672,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$744,165
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hodcarrier Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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