|Death Race 2008 R, 89 min.|
Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Ian McShane, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez, Max Ryan, Jason Clarke, Frederick Koehler, Jacob Vargas, Justin Mader, Robert LaSardo, Robin Shou, Benz Antoine, Danny Blanco, Christian Paul
It is the future, and America's economy has collapsed. Prisons are now privatized, and Warden Hennessy (Joan Allen) at Terminal Island Penitentiary has come up with a scheme to raise funds for running the prison: a three day pay-per-view "Death Race" and promises that the winner of the race will be released from prison. Terminal Island prisoner Jenson Ames (Jason Stratham) had been a race car driver, and Hennessy forces him to don the mask of dead racing hero "Frankenstein" and enter the race. Ames is in prison wrongly accused of murdering his wife and, if released, could once again be with his baby daughter. And the race is on–a combination of NASCAR and demolition derby with prison drivers accompanied by navigators from a women's prison. Racers are armed with grenade launchers, machine guns, flame throwers, and napalm as Ames and his navigator Case (Natalie Martinez) set out against other prison drivers–along with their chief opponent Machine Gun Joe (Tyrese Gibson)–in what is truly a race to the death.
|Holiday Heart 2000 R, 100 min.|
Director: Robert Townsend
Cast: Ving Rhames, Alfre Woodard, Jesika Reynolds, Mykelti Williamson, Jonathan Wallace, Blu Mankuma, Phil Hayes, Lorena Gale, James Kidnie, Benz Antoine
Holiday (Ving Rhames), an aging drag queen, is also a softy. He takes in a homeless woman (Alfre Woodard), a writer turned drug addict, and her 12-year-old daughter. He works at helping them rebuild their lives. Made for cable TV.
|Redeemer 2002 TV, 85 min.|
Director: Graeme Clifford
Cast: Matthew Modine, Obba Babatunde, Michele Greene, Frank Fontaine, Vlasta Vrana, Tyrone Benskin, Cas Anvar, Chip Chuipka, Eugene Clark, Benz Antoine, Larry Day, Christian Paul, Emily Van Camp, Roland Rothchild, Thos. Vant Phillips
Novelist Paul Freeman (Matthew Modine) volunteers to teach a writing class in a prison–partly in hopes of finding a story for his next book. He meets Charles Henderson (Obba Babatunde), an ex-Black Panther, who has been in prison for 20 years after a man was accidentally killed during a break-in. Paul becomes interested in the case and finds that there may be a cover-up by government officials. Made for TV.
|1. Death Race (2008)|
2. Holiday Heart (2000)
3. Redeemer (2002)
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