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Carmen: A Hip Hopera

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Overview

Previously, and brilliantly, adapted as an opera by Georges Bizet, the Prosper Merimee novel Carmen served as the inspiration for this updated made-for-cable movie. Set in contemporary Los Angeles, the film stars Beynoce Knowles of Destiny's Child as the seductive Carmen, no longer an employee in a cigarette factory but instead an aspiring actress. The "Don Jose" character has become a cop named Sgt. Derek Hill (Mekhi Phifer), who after being ordered by his corrupt superior officer Frank Miller (played by rapper ...
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Overview

Previously, and brilliantly, adapted as an opera by Georges Bizet, the Prosper Merimee novel Carmen served as the inspiration for this updated made-for-cable movie. Set in contemporary Los Angeles, the film stars Beynoce Knowles of Destiny's Child as the seductive Carmen, no longer an employee in a cigarette factory but instead an aspiring actress. The "Don Jose" character has become a cop named Sgt. Derek Hill (Mekhi Phifer), who after being ordered by his corrupt superior officer Frank Miller (played by rapper Mos Def) to arrest Carmen for her involvement in a bar fight, falls hopelessly--and tragically--in love with her. After leading Hill down the path to perdition, Carmen deserts him, not out of love for bullfighter Escamillo but for a top-40 rap star named Blaze (Casey Lee). Although the familiar Bizet melodies are heard as linking music, the main musical score is a complete original, composed by Kip Collins. MTV's Hip Hopera: Carmen first aired over the titular cable network on May 9, 2001.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/17/2002
  • UPC: 794043613838
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Beyoncé Knowles Carmen
Mekhi Phifer Sgt. Derek Hill
Mos Def Frank Miller
Jermaine Dupri Pockets
Casey Lee Blaze
Yuri Brown Nori Lawson
Joy Bryant Nikki
Wyclef Jean Fortune Teller
Da Brat Voice Only
Lil' Bow Wow Jalil
Reagan Gomez-Preston Caela
Sam Sarpong Nathaniel
Troy Winbush Porter
Technical Credits
Robert Townsend Director
Kip Collins Score Composer
Michael Elliot Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Graig Hutchison Producer
Loretha C. Jones Executive Producer
Geary McLeod Cinematographer
Keisha Robinson Score Composer
Jonathan P. Shaw Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Romance Movie

    i loved this movie. it was a tale of romance and heart break. beyonce played a great role. i really enjoyed this movie

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