Hip Hopera: Carmen


1h 30m 2001

Brief Synopsis

A contemporary hip-hop adaptation of Georges Bizet's classic opera "Carmen."

On a busy street in Philadelphia, police officer Sergeant Derrick Hill is patroling with his partner Porter. Answering a 911-radio call, Hill inadvertently runs into his superior, Lieutenant Frank Miller and Miller's part

Film Details

Also Known As
Carmen Brown, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, MTV's Hip Hopera: Carmen
Genre
Adaptation
Dance
Music
Musical
Release Date
2001
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

A contemporary hip-hop adaptation of Georges Bizet's classic opera "Carmen."

On a busy street in Philadelphia, police officer Sergeant Derrick Hill is patroling with his partner Porter. Answering a 911-radio call, Hill inadvertently runs into his superior, Lieutenant Frank Miller and Miller's partner Nathaniel. Miller is planting drugs on an innocent young suspect but the corrupt Lieutenant warns Hill not to say anything or he will ruin his career. That evening, at a local pub, Hill is dodging worrisome questions from his sweet but over-protective fiance, Caela, when the beautiful Carmen Brown walks in. She playfully dismisses a number of drooling men, including Miller, but can't help but notice that Hill is not paying her any attention. Carmen gets into a fight, and Miller makes Hill drive her to jail.

On their way to the station, Carmen convinces Hill to let her drop off some jewelry at her apartment. Once there, Hill succumbs to Carmen's seductive charms. The next morning, Hill wakes up in Carmen's bed to a surprise. Carmen is gone and Miller is waiting to arrest him for abetting her escape. While Hill pines away for Carmen in jail, he talks about his love for her with fellow inmates. Carmen is also discovering growing feelings of her own for the handsome cop. When Hill is released, their reunion is joyful and passionate, but is cut short when Carmen learns that he won't move to Los Angeles because of parole regulations.

Hill runs into Miller at the local pub. Miller makes insulting remarks about Carmen, and Hill punches him -- breaking his parole. Hill runs home, grabs Carmen, and escapes to LA with her. Expectations fall short and tensions begin to rise once they move into a filthy, cheap motel room. Meanwhile, back in Philadelphia, a shakedown in the police department threatens to reveal Miller as a crook. He knows the only weak link in his defense is Hill and that he needs to silence him for good. Although she has been betrayed, Caela calls Hill and warns him that Miller is on his way to LA. Carmen, meanwhile, has taken up with rap star Blaze, who offers to help her with her acting career. When she gets home and finds Hill packing, she tells him that she is not going with him. Carmen leaves him to attend Blaze's concert that night.

Miller shows up at Hill's motel room, gun in hand. Hill narrowly escapes, but can't resist trying to see Carmen one last time. He leaves for Blaze's show, Miller following close behind. As Hill pleads with Carmen to come back to him, Miller shoots from a stage catwalk. He misses Hill, but hits and kills Carmen. Enraged, Hill chases after Miller and shoots him. In the end, both murders are pinned on Hill -- and are labeled a "crime of passion."

Crew

Matthew Ballard

Transportation Captain

Terrill Bazile

Assistant Director

Larry Benjamin

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Anthony Beverly

Key Grip

Jeff Biehr

Boom Operator

Georges Bizet

Other

David Boch

Dialogue Consultant

Helen Chough

Assistant Camera Operator

Marcus Cole

Steadicam Operator

Aisha Coley

Casting

Keiann Collins

Script Supervisor

Kip Collins

Music

The Compadres

Music

Michelle Crenshaw

Camera Assistant

Ross Davis

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Jenna Dewan

Choreographer

Desiree Diggs

Makeup Artist

Jeffrey Douglas

Dolly Grip

Gil Dulduloo

Choreographer

Mike Elliot

Screenplay

Mike Elliot

Executive Producer

Dejon Ellis

Grip

Paula Fairfield

Sound Editor

Damon Fecht

Assistant Editor

Jeff Forman

Music Supervisor

Hope Goodwin

Assistant Director

Anthony Gotta

Electrician

Celia Hamel

Post-Production Supervisor

Barbara Harris

Adr

Jonathan Harris

Assistant Director

Rick Hart

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Shaun Hudson

Post-Production Assistant

Graig Hutchison

Producer

Graig Hutchison

Unit Production Manager

Kevin Lamont Jackson

Stunts

Peter Johnson

Camera Assistant

John A Johnston

Location Manager

Loretha Jones

Executive Producer

Maria Kamel

Assistant Director

Jasmine Kimble

Hair Stylist

Kimberly Kimble

Hair Stylist

Tina Knowles

Other

Nicki La Rosa

Electrician

Melissa Lacombe

Costume Supervisor

Peter Lee

Assistant Camera Operator

Lalette Littlejohn

Makeup Artist

Reginald Foster Loke

Gaffer

Group Looping

Adr

Paul Vik Marshall

Sound Mixer

Geary Mcleod

Director Of Photography

Prosper Merimee

Source Material (From Novel)

Bennie Moore

Stunt Coordinator

Carla Murray

Sound Editor

A. Dorian Reed

Casting Associate

Robi Reed-humes

Casting

Don Reeverts

Art Director

Monique Reymond

Foley Artist

Keisha Robinson

Song

Stephan Rogue

Sound Editor

Gary Romirez

Property Master

David Sackeroff

Production Designer

Xavier C Salinas

Production Coordinator

Jonathan P Shaw

Editor

Ann Shea

Set Decorator

Kevin Shepard

Grip

Gregory Shummon

Electrician

Jim Simone

Set Production Assistant

Robair Sims

Stunts

Red Sinclair

Electrician

Tiffany Sipantzi

Production Coordinator

Kimberly Sizemore

Assistant Director

Leland Smith

Set Production Assistant

Tommy Smith

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Walter Spencer

Sound Editor

Scott Steele

Camera Operator

Justin Taylor

Music Editor

Stephen James Taylor

Music

Brian Tyler

Assistant Production Coordinator

Ric Urbauer

Dolly Grip

Dixie Webster

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Tracey White

Costume Designer

Gene Williams

Stunts

Sekani Williams

Theme Lyrics

Dennis Winters

On-Set Dresser

Film Details

Also Known As
Carmen Brown, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, MTV's Hip Hopera: Carmen
Genre
Adaptation
Dance
Music
Musical
Release Date
2001
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States May 8, 2001

Previous title: "Carmen Brown."

Telecast as a presentation of "Hip-Hopera," a series of movies that rework classic operas in a hip-hop format.

Began shooting mid January 2001.

Completed shooting mid February 2001.

The 1954 film "Carmen Jones" starred Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte.