Imperial Dreams

Synopsis: A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Malik Vitthal
Production: Netflix
  10 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

[distant siren blares]


This is you coming home.

Nothing's changed.

[helicopter circling]

[young men shouting]

You can't splash back into the projects.

You gotta slide in.

[siren blares]

No ripples.

They don't give you a parade.

- [light snoring]

- Mom.

'Sup, little man?

You know who I am?


When you go to school,

we got to get you new clothes, right?

- Yes.

- What kind of clothes you like?

- Um...

- We gotta get you some Timbs.

- Nice jeans.

- Yes.


And some... some yellow sh...

And a yellow shirt.

A yellow shirt?

And get some Timbs shoes, too.

[men chattering and laughing]


- Nephew.

- Yeah, man.


- [Fat Rat] What's crackin', Bambi?

- What's up?

- Good to see you, man.

- Hey, man, likewise.

Well, you strong.

[both laugh]

- God bless you.

- No doubt, man. You been all right?

I'm good, man.

You know what it is, business as usual.

What's up with my mom?

I don't know. He needed watchin'.

She his grandmama.

She was the only one around.

Now I got my sister-in-law, you, your kid.

It's a damn hotel.

Unc, thank you for taking care of Day

while I was away.

I appreciate that, loved one. For real.

Thank you, man.

You take care of Uncle Shrimp, man,

Uncle Shrimp will take care of you.

You take anything you need.

Fat Rat will hook you up

with a little pistol or something.

- I'm good, man.

- Yeah?

- Thank you. Yeah.

- Hey, take Gideon's room.

- Yeah. Where he at?

- Ah, he ain't doing too good.

That boy dodgin' cops.

He got a lot going on.

- Yeah?

- Yeah.

But you know what?

Let's talk about that in the AM,

all right?

- [laughs]

- That's cool.

Come on.

- You got a girl?

- Yeah.

[clippers buzzing]

What's her name?


Boy, you ain't got no girl named Asia.

What you been doing all day?

[distant siren blares]

"The hood is the cruelest of prisons."

"The most unusual of punishments."

"You're born into it."

"Like those poor niggas in North Korea

who have to serve time

for something their granddaddy thought."

"They don't even have to build walls

to keep people in."

"And when you're born in prison,

you don't know what to do with freedom."

"No matter how shiny they make it."

What, you in here jacking off?

Reading bedtime stories?


- G, man.

- I love you back.

I love you, too, man.

I told them niggas you was getting out,



I heard Delano

was hot as a motherfucker, man.

You know how it is, Cuz.

Man, that shit was inhumane, man.

Ah, it don't matter. You in perfect time.

Man, niggas been coming through here

shooting, Cuz.

I need your help.

I got a book I'm writing.

Trying to take care of Day. You feel me?


I respect that, man.


Man, what the f*ck is that?

What? Oh, it ain't nothing.

Damn, G!

F*ck, man!

You gotta go to a doctor with that, right?

I ain't going to no doctors, Cuz.

The police looking for me,

for this shit that turned into a shoot-out

a couple of nights ago at a...

at a party, man.

We gotta take the bullet out.

[rap music plays]



[bullet clatters]

We good, Cuz?

Yeah. We good.

[Gideon sighs]

[Bambi] Hey.

Give me that.

Go to your room.


What the f*ck are you doing?

Man, I don't need the cops

coming back here looking for you.

Pops, ain't nobody see me come back here.

No one.

Ah, nigga, you gonna be fine.

Bambi, you know what? Come here.

Let me holler at you for a minute.


Listen, I got a real easy one for you.

I got a car load of OxyContin

need to be up in Portland by Friday.

What'll we say, four racks?

That'll set you up.

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