Carmen: A Hip Hopera

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Release Date
8/20/02 
Studio
New Line Home Video
MPAA Rating
PG13 -- Parents strongly cautioned
Length
1 hour, 28 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Surround
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • ccWidescreen version of the film
  • Fullscreen version of the film
  • Stereo surround sound
  • English subtitles and closed captions
  • The Making of Carmen: An MTV Special
  • Select a song feature
Number of Discs
1

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