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Prison Song
Prison Song
Actors: Danny Hoch, Elvis Costello, Q-Tip, Eric McCollum, Denee Rivera
Director: Darnell Martin
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, African American Cinema
R     2003     1hr 34min

Mary J. Blige and Q-Tip, two of hip-hop's hottest recording artists, star in this heart-wrenching family drama about an innocent man's struggle to live and survive behind bars. DVD Features: — DVD ROM Features — Interactive ...  more »
     
     
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Actors: Danny Hoch, Elvis Costello, Q-Tip, Eric McCollum, Denee Rivera
Director: Darnell Martin
Creators: Q-Tip, Darnell Martin, Brad Epstein, Jane Rosenthal, Richard Guay
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, African American Cinema
Studio: New Line Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/14/2003
Original Release Date: 04/27/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 04/27/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Movie with a message
Rachel Podolsky | 08/31/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Q-tip, Fat Joe, and Mary J Blige give good performances, especially Q-tip. His character has it all going on in the inside and is very quiet on the outside but I still got completely absorbed in what he was going through. The musical sequences blend well too. Just when you're about to punch a wall because of what's happening to the characters, somebody lets loose with a song that expresses the emotions that the movie is bringing up. Mary J. Blige is the queen of from-the-heart songs, and Fat Joe has a rap cameo that slides seamlessly into the scene.Aside from the individual elements, the movie takes aim at one of the worst qualities of our society, the lousy deck dealt to black men growing up in urban city neighborhoods. It dramatizes - but not by much - the way that opportunities are systematically stripped from you in a society where you're rarely respected or afforded the benefit of the doubt. Definitely a worthwhile movie.Only one thing - I missed the first five minutes of the movie, and suspect I was better off for it. The beginning lists some stastics that indicate the direction the plot will eventually take, and lends a more moralizing, heavy tone to the movie. Without the intro, the movie stands well by itself and affects you without telling you how you should be affected."
One of the Better Examples of a Prison Film
Sal Paradise | Washington, DC | 02/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw the edited version of this film which did little justice to the actual film which I found to run like a stage play not to say that this is a bad thing. Prison Song is one of the better examples of films on the "prison" theme. I would say the best one was perhaps the classic Cool Hand Luke, but in post-modern times we have OZ which some of said has lost some of it's focus. Though Prison Song is not as in depth as perhaps OZ is, it's still worth at least a rental. For those who are irritated by musicals, you may want to consider renting before buying. If you do purchase this film, you won't be disappointed."
One of The Best
chung220 | Charlottesville, VA | 01/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The BET movie Prison Song was one of the best movies I've ever seen before. I was wondering, why wasn't the movies put into theatres all across the world, this movie was a huge hit for Bet. This question is for anyone out there who may know the answer, exactly how can I get the soundtrack to Prison Song. I know it's on Tommy Boy records but thats all I know. If someone has any information please contact me via e-mail, Chung220@aol.com. Thanks"
Tragically Moving
meg | Portland, ME USA | 04/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"BET's Prison Song offers a look into the life of an inner city teenager, Elijah, (Tip) who gets stuck in the system after his mother is institutionalized. Sent to a private jail after accidentally killing someone (Fat Joe) from his group home, Prison Song follows Elijah as he comes to terms with the harsh realization that even though he is innocent, the only way out is to escape. The tragic ending of this unusually un-musical musical leaves the viewer wanting to break the cycle, but ultimately feeling helpless against it."