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16 Bars

16 Bars is a movie starring Speech Thomas, Garland T. Carr, and Tennyson Jackson. Inmates in Virginia attempt to transcend the cycle of recidivism through an unlikely artistic collaboration behind bars with Grammy-winning hip hop...

Running Time
1 hours 34 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Sam Bathrick
Speech Thomas, Devonte James, Garland T. Carr, Tennyson Jackson
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Inmates in Virginia attempt to transcend the cycle of recidivism through an unlikely artistic collaboration behind bars with Grammy-winning hip hop artist Todd 'Speech' Thomas.

Comments about documentary «16 Bars» (23)

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James R.

While in college I studied Sociology and I noticed that the best sociology student I had ever met in my life was a Chinese student at the University of California. He was the one who always talked about what he would do in the future and the one who started every conversation by saying "I have a thesis." I was so impressed with his academic ability that I ended up going to the University of California to study sociology, which led me to study sociology in college, and ultimately get a Ph.D. in sociology. In addition to this, I was a close friend of one of the best sociologists at my school, who is still alive and living in my neighborhood. We were the same age, we both grew up in the same neighborhood, and we were both in the same college. I had been in the student body as a secretary and I had served as a bartender in college. We were in the same classes and we had worked together in a fraternity. One day we went to a party together and there was this very drunk student named Simon. He didn't even know who I was, but he said he had a good friend named Simon. We went to a bar together that night and Simon invited me to stay the night. After that night, I was very close to Simon, even though I had never met him before. I felt like I could never let go of him, and I was always thinking about what I could do to help him, especially if I ever met him again. That's what made this movie so incredible. I had never heard of an English-Canadian movie that had such an impact on me, and I couldn't wait to see this movie again. I have now watched it a few times, and I can't get enough of it. I've found that it is a movie that I will watch over and over again. I have found that I can learn something about sociology every time I watch it, and that is why it is such a powerful movie. If you haven't seen this movie, you really need to. This is one of those movies that makes you think.

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Olivia Perez

This is one of those documentaries that I found myself agreeing with and agreeing with on more than I was disagreeing with. I don't usually like documentaries. I usually think they are overrated, overly dramatized, or totally useless. However, this was a movie that I can think of that I truly enjoyed. The content was something that I was eager to see and that I learned something. I thought it was a very well made documentary and I found it interesting to see the way in which the film makers make their points. I'm sure that if you are a filmmaker or even a documentary maker, you will learn something new from watching this film. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to learn about how to make a documentary.

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Andrea H.

What an interesting movie. I mean I didn't like the entire documentary at all, but it had its points. It had some points that I actually thought were interesting. And the movie wasn't that boring to watch. It made me feel for the people involved. And I was actually impressed with the first half hour. It really opened my eyes to how dangerous drugs can be. And the fact that some people actually know what it is like to be addicted. I think it was a great documentary. And I highly recommend it. I would have given it a 10/10 if I could. It's a great movie to watch. Definitely worth seeing.

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Mary Hunter

This is the most insightful, but highly unpleasant, and even dangerous documentary I have ever seen. It is essential viewing for all citizens of the world, and all government, business and scientific officials, for it is their duty to act and speak out. I encourage everyone to see it, and not to turn it off. I would say this film is very relevant to all people, as it highlights the need for people to be able to stand up and speak out against injustice. The issue with this film is the content, not the content. The film is a powerful indictment of a criminal regime that should not exist, and was never intended to. There is also a very realistic and refreshing portrayal of the people, so no one will take it too seriously. This film is not only extremely relevant to the people of the world, but also to the leaders of the world, for the stories of ordinary people are very similar to what we see in this film. Everyone should see this film, and make their voices heard. Everyone should ask themselves what their role is in their country's system, and they should not allow the current systems to be used for more evil, and the actions that come with it.

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Rebecca Castillo

I don't know how many times I've watched this movie and still don't get it. I do get it. So when I was reading this review on IMDb I started thinking what the heck did I just watch? But I'm guessing I'm the only one who can't get this. So I'll make this short and simple. I have a bad habit of watching movies I think are good, but they don't make sense, and I keep asking myself why am I even watching them. This movie is a perfect example of that. Yes, it's an excellent movie. Yes, it's a fantastic movie. Yes, it's just a little bit too "wrong" for me. This is a movie where you have to suspend your disbelief to actually be able to enjoy it. But at the same time it is not a movie you would want to watch if you are not willing to suspend your disbelief. I also felt this movie was made with the wrong mindset. It's meant to be a real life documentary, but it has a kind of cheesy, self-conscious feel to it. It seems like you are watching a movie from the mid-2000's and it is not that enjoyable. This is not a movie I would want to watch again. I can't see myself ever watching it again. But I can understand how someone who has never watched it could like it. I don't want to make a movie out of this, but I think it is a movie worth watching.

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Arthur W.

This documentary is filled with a variety of inspirational stories about the African American community. The stories are interesting, and if you are not a black American, you will find a lot of these stories very familiar. However, for the majority of the African American community, the stories are inspiring. The documentary is very well done and the viewer is given a good overview of the African American community. I highly recommend it.

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I just watched this film today, and it is my first viewing. I can't believe I've never heard of it before. I love music, but I think music was a tool that was used to distract me from the realities of the situation in Argentina in that time period. I believe it was the music that was being used to disassociate myself from the situation in that time period. However, I do remember the line "The poor shall inherit the earth." The "poor" were being told to go back to their homes, which in my mind meant the land and the work that was done in the fields, the steel mills and the factories. I am now trying to figure out how to get this film out on DVD. I think that a lot of people will find this film very interesting, because it shows the impact of the music that was used to divert me from the reality of the situation in Argentina. It was sad to watch the poor descend into the trash pile and the actions of the people who were ruling the country. I think it was the music that was used to give the impression that they were "better than the people," as in better in terms of music. The only thing I can say is that this film is not to be missed.

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After reading a comment I thought to myself, "I wonder if anyone has ever heard of this movie?" Well I have, and I have watched it. I can tell you that if you haven't seen this movie yet, then you probably should! It is simply wonderful! Well, I want to start by saying that I am not a huge movie fan. I rarely watch movies and I have never been to a film festival or seen a film in the theaters. I had no idea of the greatness this film has to offer until I was browsing through the movies on Netflix and came across this movie. And when I saw the tag line, "THIS IS NOT JUST AN AMERICAN GIRL'S MOVIE", I knew I had to watch it! I was surprised how well it was put together and how great it was, and I was really impressed by the fact that I hadn't heard of this movie! I know that most people in the world would be disappointed with the fact that there isn't much in the way of entertainment in the film, but what I really liked about this movie is that it is very inspirational, and you feel like you are there with the people in the front lines of the war. After watching the movie, I felt as if I had gone back to Vietnam, to a time where the culture had changed and when you would have heard war stories. It is a very well done film, and definitely worth the time to watch.

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Fellow IMDb members who enjoy films and/or documentaries, please consider attending this movie. "9/10" does not necessarily mean that the movie is perfect, nor that the film is perfect, but that the movie is worth watching. The footage and interview footage are both riveting. I highly recommend this film.

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Wayne L.

First, the film is not for the faint of heart. It is deeply disturbing, with disturbing images, and some disturbing dialogue. The characters are entirely real, and are connected by some horrible, disturbing events in their past. As they try to survive the events that happened to them, they are forced to come to terms with some of the things that have happened. I loved the main character, and think he is a person that you could feel sympathy for. He is a nice guy, and I think a lot of people could relate to him. He has some difficulties, but he is a real character. The film is very disturbing, and if you have a very sensitive side, I think you should see it. If you don't, I think you would still like it, and I think it would make you think about the things that have happened to you. I would recommend it to anyone who is sensitive, and even if you are not, I think you should watch it.

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Anthony D.

I am not a big fan of Bon Jovi, but I found this movie to be absolutely amazing. I'm surprised at all the negative reviews it has received. I've seen a lot of people leave negative comments on this movie. I'm not sure what it is that people don't get, but I think it's the fact that Bon Jovi is a very popular singer/songwriter, and is very passionate about what he does. I think people who have a problem with this are just looking for another reason to dislike someone. This is the type of movie you can't just turn on and have a good time watching, you have to go and see it with a good mind. People who like this movie are not looking for a happy ending, they are looking for a story of a person who has something to say, and they want to hear it. The type of movie I would recommend to any of my friends. I really don't understand why people are leaving negative comments on this movie. It's a beautiful story and it's very entertaining. I give this movie a 10 out of 10.

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Joseph H.

I've never seen the 2 previous movies, but as the filmmaker, Mark is a genius. I would love to go see more of his work. I really enjoyed this movie and would watch it again. I like that it is not afraid to make fun of itself. I love how he takes a lot of things we take for granted and really plays around with the viewer. If you like documentaries and need a good laugh, this movie is for you. This movie really deserves a lot more than just a 6.8 rating. I'll say that Mark has a real knack for his films and is certainly one of my favorite filmmakers. This movie is great. If you are a fan of the man, go see it.

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Bobby Mitchell

This movie was definitely a movie worth watching. I had no idea what to expect, but the end was so unexpected, that I was completely blown away. I found the movie to be extremely powerful, and my heart felt like it was breaking from the inside. There are many stories that are being told, and I believe this movie will touch a lot of people. I believe it will go down as one of the greatest films ever made. All the actors/actresses in this film were amazing, and their performances were truly amazing. I felt as if I was watching them, and I am not ashamed to say that I could not stop crying after watching it. The music was also amazing, and I would recommend this movie to anyone. If you are looking for a movie that will touch you, I highly recommend this movie. I do not know what people will think about it, but I do know that I will be going back to the theater and seeing it again.

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Doris W.

Featuring interviews with other ex-clients of this brutal program, from a pro-bono perspective. Many of the interviewees have had their stories retold, while others have become famous in their own right. It is an in-depth look at a major turning point in the history of the American criminal justice system. The New York Times commented that it was "a bit of a glimpse into a long-buried chapter in our history."

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Gary G.

This is a good documentary. It's a great story of what life is like for a person with ADHD and how it affects their relationships. The story is about Ryan and his younger sister. Ryan is a brilliant student and works at a local college. His younger sister is a "normal" teenager, she plays soccer, swims, hangs out with friends, and even attends a party with her boyfriend. When Ryan is having an "upset" and is having to stop taking his medication, his younger sister and friends try to get him back on the medication. The problem is, he refuses. His older sister and his friend find out what the problem is and decide to "do something" to get Ryan back on the medication. They decide to commit a crime. What they decide to do is they go to a local bar and have a couple of drinks and get drunk and then they take drugs to get drunk and then they commit a crime. The whole movie is based around Ryan's friends' efforts to get him back on the medication. The movie is very informative. The problems that people with ADHD face is the same problems that people face everyday. They face these problems in every day life, not just in school. People with ADHD face these problems in their relationships, the way that they interact with people, and their ability to make decisions. The problem with medication is that it's very difficult to take when you have ADHD. The drug interacts with your brain and it changes how you think and act. The movie is very good at showing that ADHD affects people in every day life, and that it affects people in every relationship. It also shows that even with the medication that people with ADHD may face problems, because the medications don't help them with their ADHD. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who has ADHD. This is a very good movie.

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This is a must-see documentary for any person who cares about the world around them. The documentaries "The Legacy of the Rainbow Bridge" and "The Standing Rock Wall" are superb in their approach to documenting a life and death struggle. Each is well-researched and well-edited. This film is also a tour-de-force in its own right. The individuals are real people, no actors, they all have the same quality of real-life authenticity that makes their lives so powerful. The documentary is well-written and includes both a human face and an eye-opening look at the political and environmental conflicts. The film also shows how American communities react to human and environmental disaster. The story is simple, yet heart-wrenching. If you want to understand the world and how it works, this is the documentary to see. I wish I had seen this movie sooner.

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I was in the office today when I was reminded of this documentary by a coworker. I just couldn't help myself and watched it. This was really cool. I don't know what else to say. I am a little frustrated that so many people are still going to see this movie. If you are going to see this movie, I suggest you do it in the theatre. That way you can sit back and enjoy the experience. I watched the film in the theatre and I thought it was awesome. I don't know if I would do it again, but I would still see this movie at the theatre. I liked the music. I thought it was very fitting to the film. I have no idea what it was about, but it was a great film. I give it a 10 out of 10.

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Kathy L.

I'm sure that I've said this before, but I've never been so moved by a documentary before. I've been a fan of John Cusak since his days in the East Coast band 'The Angels', and 'A Place Called Paradise', and I'm a fan of Bob Seger. This film is the best documentary I have ever seen. It is more than a documentary, it's a love letter to one of the great musicians of all time. It's more than a film, it's a tribute to his music and his legacy. I am speechless. I had a tough time making sense of it, but I'm going to take my hat off to Mr. Cusak. Thank you for this wonderful piece of work. Thank you for making it. Thank you for telling the story of one of the greatest musicians of all time. Thank you for making this happen.

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Jason Butler

It was a great film and is in the same category as 'The Last of the Mohicans', 'The Grand Canyon', 'The Pianist', 'The Grapes of Wrath', 'The Shining', 'Casablanca' and the others. It is one of the best films ever made. Just watch it and you'll see. I hope people appreciate this film as much as I do.

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Laura K.

A film that is better than it's rating says, but I have to admit I felt the same way about the movie as I did about the album. If you've never heard of the music, I would recommend renting the DVD. It's the equivalent of an album, a film, and a book. In fact, the two are the same thing. The idea of a DVD is really a misnomer. The album is a little bit of an anamorphic, but it is the best thing that came out of all of the anamorphic films. All of the great "Lars and the Real Girl" footage is on the DVD. It was too difficult to find on the internet, but they found it on Amazon. If you are looking for a movie that is also an album, rent "War of the Worlds." That is a very good movie, and you will enjoy it if you have never seen the DVD. I do not think that anyone should be that surprised when they see a new CD come out that was the result of a massive investment in the film and the music, but if you are looking for a movie that you can enjoy, rent "The Truman Show" and you will not be disappointed.

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This is a very touching and enjoyable film that will leave you in tears. I enjoyed every minute of it. The actors did a phenomenal job. I think it's a great film. I was so touched and moved by the story and the way it was told. I feel the need to share it with others.

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I know that most people are going to be turned off by the fact that this documentary is about the Bush family. That being said, it is a very important documentary and deserves to be seen. Although it is very emotional, it does not give you a simplistic view of the world, but rather, shows how Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. have effected our country. The footage is both beautiful and heartbreaking. The videos of the people in Iraq is incredible. I can only imagine what it must be like to live through such a traumatic experience. It is one of the most heart-breaking documentaries I have ever seen. People should see this documentary because it is very important. If you are one of the many people that believes that Bush is "bad", you should see this documentary because it will make you think differently about him. This documentary is very well done, and I would recommend it to anyone. It is very important, and I am so glad that this film has been made.

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I had never heard of this movie until I saw it on TV. I have to say that this movie will keep you up at night. The story was inspiring and it makes you realize that no matter what the situation is, there is always someone that cares about you. I think that this movie shows that there is always someone out there that is looking out for you. You don't need a plan to achieve your goals. It's all about being realistic, and that is what the movie is all about. This movie was amazing. I highly recommend it to everyone.