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Nicole Beharie (The Express), Will Patton (Entrapment, The Postman), Charles Dutton (TV’s Roc, Mimic) and Alfre Woodard (TV’s Desperate Housewives, Primal Fear) star in this gripping true-life story. Falsely accused of distributing narcotics in a school zone, Dee Roberts (Beharie) is offered a deal she can’t refuse: plead guilty and accept a 10-year suspended sentence. The alternative: risk serving 16-to-25 in jail. Realizing a conviction would ruin her life, Dee decides to fight back. Suing the DA for racial discrimination, Dee battles impossible odds in a case that will not only change her life but the laws of Texas as well.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 57
- Fresh: 42
- Rotten: 15
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: American Violet, which is based on real events that took place in late 2000, has the quasi-documentary feel of a well-made television drama.
Fresh: An artlessly powerful performance by newcomer Nicole Behaire anchors American Violet, an instructive, sturdily built drama based on a true story worth teaching.
Rotten: The narrative is infused with chilling facts, and the filmmakers know how to build their case, but a drama demands more.
Fresh: You can laugh at American Violet, but most defendants are scared into pleading guilty and need all the poster girls they can get.
It's a really great independent film. Tackles a true story that is still happening today. A must see & must own for everyone.
God bless the producers, actors, and all that had a part in the film. Most of all God bless the victims that stood for Truth. What a wonderful, informative, inspiring movie. A must see for all. The Truth will set you free. God bless.
this movie fantastic...