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Changing the Game

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An epic tale about a supremely intelligent young African-American male who rises from the ferocious and oppressive streets of North Philadelphia to become a shining star in the lucrative world of high finance at Wall Street's most prestigious firm. However, he soon finds that the white-collar world is filled with crime and death just like the drug-filled hood he left behind. His only chance for survival is to fully integrate a mysterious gift from a slain childhood friend into the fabric of his character.


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  • Actors: Tony Todd, Sticky Fingaz, Charli Baltimore, Suzzanne Douglas, Irma P. Hall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008A6QBUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,767 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ONEOFTHREE on August 21, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I tried to give this 5 stars but Amazon wont let me...
Rel Dowdell did an amazing job showing the harsh reality of the streets and its similarities to the harsh reality of corporate America. Lies, deceit, lust, backstabbing and murder are not only found in the streets - its found in corporate boardrooms all over the world. Irma P. Hall's character moved me! I believe that when you give your children the right foundation, they will stay on the right path. Even if they go off path for a moment, they will find their way back.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judy Klein on August 24, 2012
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Excellent - MUST SEE FILM! Changing The Game is hands down one of my favorite independent films of all time. It is an intelligent, moving, timely, brilliantly told story filled with depth of emotion, strong characters and dialogue, classic literary references, superb acting by a diverse and well chosen cast, with a surprise ending Hitchcock himself would applaud. While the film takes place in an Urban setting, this is NOT your typical "Urban Drama". It has heart, honesty and shows that Black Men in the inner city can be victors in any circumstance as opposed to victims of their circumstances. The characters are so well scripted and acted, as a viewer, you are engaged and involved in each of their story lines. They make you laugh, cry, cheer and they make you care about their fate or outcome. The production, props, set design, wardrobe and special effects make you forget this is a small budget film shot in Philadelphia in just 21 days. This film by Director and Writer Rel Dowdell, fills a void in modern Black Cinema, by artfully and masterfully maintaining a balance of great story telling, with believable characters and multiple themes which are thought provoking without being "preachy". Sean Riggs, Dennis L.A. White, Irma P. Hall, Nicoye Banks, Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones, Tony Todd, Brandon Ruckdashel and the rest of the cast, do a phenomenal job telling a great story. This is a film you will definitely want to see multiple times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Benton on July 30, 2015
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This movie is truly a must see! It depicts the realities of inner city street life with all of it allurements, pitfalls, dangers, and snares. With this said, it portrays how these same negative adjectives also apply to the corporate world as well. The content of the movie was intense and mature at times but it remained real, raw and relevant as it used everyday life circumstances and situations to depict the treacherous similarities of these two seemingly opposite worlds. One of the most incredible attributes about the movie was that it still held firm to its faith based messages without forcing a worldview on anyone, thanks to the awesome, Ms. Irma P. Hall who was the perfect fit to play the role of the grandmother. The messages she conveyed was simple; No matter where we find ourselves in life, we can hold to Gods unchanging hand and during those times in our lives when we find ourselves having strayed from the path because of all that this world system has to offer us, we can always turn back to God. There were many faith based lessons that can be gleamed from the movie, not that this dominated the purpose, but it brings to mind the verse of scripture that says in Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (KJV). The production value of the movie was high quality and awesome and Director Rel Dowdell did an outstanding job. This movie is truly a must see!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Saving Songbird on July 10, 2013
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Changing the Game is a unique spin on the "good vs. evil," "rise from the bottom" average story. Writer/director Rel Dowdell weaves a spiritual element and unexpected twist ending into this cautionary tale that definitely is a game changer, pun intended, in relation to the standard "boy from rough neighborhood makes good" film one might be used to seeing. The film has a solid cast featuring veteran actors Irma P. Hall, Tony Todd and Suzzanne Douglas, rapper/actor Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones, and a solid performance from newcomer and lead actor Sean Riggs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abena on August 28, 2015
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Started off slow but then gets going. Original storyline. I recommend watching it, especially since there are very very few movies that have Black Men succeeding on Wall Street or any financial arena.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bryant on May 15, 2014
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This film is a very interesting and entertaining variation on the relationship between The Wire’s Stringer Bell and Avon
Barksdale, two lifelong friends whose different views on crime and money proved to be their undoing. Changing the
Game kicks off as a Boyz N The Hood-styled urban film and slowly shifts into a surprisingly rich adult drama filled
with a healthy dose of crime, friendship and high finance. The performances are all very good which include Sean
Riggs, Irma P. Hall, Tony Todd. Dennis White, and Sticky Fingaz. This film creatively covers all the bases: Action-check, intrigue-check (very thought-provoking), clash of cultures-another check. Very well done.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By debbie on September 14, 2012
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This film should be seen by all those looking for a creatively written and well developed plot. This film has a few surprises in store for the viewers. Many times I predicted one course of action and the film went in another direction. BRAVO. Finally, an unpredictable plot. Sean Riggs provides a convincing performance of the main character from the teen through adult years. Irma P. Hall performs a hospital scene that will blow your mind! This is not your typical independent film. I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I have ordered copies for my nephews and cousins.
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