Based on an actual incident in 1923, this movie has played fast and loose with the historical facts but none-the-less presents a scathing and realistic indictment of the times. While there is evidence of a masonic angle, with Sam Carter and Aaron Carrier both being members of Prince Hall Lodge No. 18, the movie gives it far too much prominence. When Ving Rhames, as Mann, first talks to the blacksmith, Sam Carter played by Kevin Jackson, hes told: "Its New Years Eve, Sir, Dance tonight, eight o'clock, mason hall." The real masonic affiliation of the unidentified white fugitive has never been confirmed. There are a number of errors in masonic usage which are noted on the relevant pages.
Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle. Directed by John Singleton, written by Gregory Poirier. 140 min USA, English. Technicolor, Dolby Digital. R. (Action/Drama).