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American Violet

Pretrial depositions don’t have quite the dramatic heft of a courtroom showdown, which is perhaps why Tim Disney’s legal thriller lacks tension overall. But the true-life tale upon which the movie is based is indeed extraordinary: Dee Roberts (Beharie), an African-American single mom, is wrongly arrested for drug dealing and, rightly miffed, sues an odious district attorney (Patton) for racial discrimination. Throughout, the director adds in ominous TV footage of Gore winning, then conceding, the 2000 election; this counterpoint of idiotic legal rulings, along with scenes of the incarcerated Roberts talking to her children, practically guarantees moist tear ducts.

Release details

Rated: PG-13
Release date: Friday April 17 2009
Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tim Disney
Screenwriter: Bill Haney
Cast: Nicole Beharie
Will Patton
Alfre Woodard
Michael O'Keefe
Tim Blake Nelson