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Story

Like Chicago, Prison Song is a musical set behind bars, but there's no dancing and minimal singing. Elijah is a talented 10-year-old photographer. His mother (R&B diva Mary J. Blige) works at a fast food joint and dreams of becoming a lawyer. The sky's the limit until Elijah, his mother, and his mother's boyfriend (Harold Perrineau) are all locked up for various offenses. The story picks up several years later as Elijah (now played by A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip) is accepted to college, but ends up in prison after accidentally killing another group home resident (rapper Fat Joe). Prison Song was cowritten and produced by Q-Tip and Darnell Martin (I Like It Like That) and plays like an extended episode of Oz (in which Perrineau played a key role). Blige's "Mom's Song" is the musical highlight, and Elvis Costello appears as Elijah's teacher and lawyer, but does not sing. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Q-TipElijah Dixon
Mary J. BligeMom
Danny HochHarris
Hassan JohnsonJay
Fat JoeBig Pete
Harold PerrineauUncle Cee
Casper MartinezC.O. Vilar
Jamie HectorPhone Kid
Fisher StevensProsecutor
Elvis CostelloPublic Defender

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Darnell Martin
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 94 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 27, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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