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American Violet

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Scott Saltzman

American Violet

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
102 minutes
Wide Release Date:
04/17/09
performer:
Nicole Beharie, Michael O'Keefe, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard
director:
Tim Disney
distributor:
Samuel Goldwyn Films
author:
Bill Haney
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

An artlessly powerful performance by newcomer Nicole Behaire anchors American Violet, an instructive, sturdily built drama based on a true story worth teaching: In 2001, an African-American single mother in Texas is falsely accused of drug-dealing during a housing-project raid. Pressured to plead guilty in a plea bargain by a racist District Attorney (O?Keefe), she chooses instead to file a discrimination suit with support from a northerner ACLU lawyer (Nelson) and a local lawyer (Patton). Here’s a case of activist screenwriting where didacticism in the defense of justice is no vice. B+

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