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American Violet (2009) - Movie Details

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103 min.
Release Date
April 17, 2009 (Limited)
DVD Release Date
October 13, 2009
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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, drug references and language

Based on real events and set in a small Texas town in the midst of the 2000 Bush/Gore Presidential election, "American Violet" tells the astonishing story of Dee Roberts (critically hailed newcomer Nicole Beharie), a 24 year old African-American single mother of four who is wrongfully swept up in a drug raid.

Despite the urgings of her mother (Academy Award® nominee Alfre Woodard), and with her freedom and the custody of her children at stake, she... Full synopsis »

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In American Violet, Nicole Beharie makes a strong debut as Dee Roberts, an African-American single mother of four who finds her life turned upside down when she is falsely arrested for selling crack cocaine. After the chief D.A. offers her a plea deal in exchange for no jail time - versus a long, expensive court battle in which she could face years in prison away from her children, she becomes aware of a plot that involves racism and manipulation of the U.S. legal system. Full movie review »
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