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Boyz n the Hood (1991)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  12 July 1991 (USA)
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Saga of a group of childhood friends growing up in a Los Angeles ghetto.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hudhail Al-Amir ...
S.A.T. Man
Lloyd Avery II ...
Knucklehead #2
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Mia Bell ...
Female Club Member
Lexie Bigham ...
Mad Dog
Kenneth A. Brown ...
Little Chris
Nicole Brown ...
Ceal ...
Sheryl
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Darneicea Corley ...
Keisha
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Lewis Crump (as John Cothran Jr.)
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Doughboy / Darren
Na'Blonka Durden ...
Trina (as Na' Blonka Durden)
Susan Falcon ...
Mrs. Olaf
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Officer Coffey (as Jesse Ferguson)
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John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Once upon a time in South Central L.A. ... It ain't no fairy tale See more »

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Rated R for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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12 July 1991 (USA)  »

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Boys in the Hood  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$57,504,069 (USA)
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After this film premiered nationally, there were instances where rival gang members ran into each other in theaters showing this film and engaged in shootouts. See more »

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During the scene on Crenshaw Bl., when Ferris shoots into the air and the crowd scatters, you can see Ricky tripping over and almost getting run over by Doughboy's car. See more »

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Tough and unflinching
29 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A movie that takes place in South Central Los Angeles in 1991. I don't know about now but, at that time, that area was crime ridden with drug deals and murders happening almost daily. Father Jason Styles (Larry Fishburne) tries to bring up his son Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) correctly despite all the violence around them. It also deals with two friends of Tre--Darin (Ice Cube) an angry young black man and his brother Ricky (Morris Chestnut) who wants to go to college. It all leads up to a truly harrowing ending.

Director John Singleton's first movie is incredibly powerful and still his best movie (so far). From what I've heard he captured exactly what it was like to grow up in that area. It's a little dated though--the guy sucking on the pacifier confuses some people but that was a big fad back in 1991. It's just unbelievable that kids grew up in an area like that and survived. The story itself is a little too simplistic (the good and bad brothers) and it's basically just the story of a teenager coming of age--but it still works. Singleton wisely doesn't accuse anyone of how the situation is and offers no solutions. He just presents it in a matter of fact way which makes this all the more powerful.

The acting is just great. Fishburne and Gooding play a father and son perfectly. Fishburne is just incredible--Gooding falters a few times (and it's obvious that he's no teenager) but he's still very good. Ice Cube is a little one note in his character (always angry and sullen) but it fits. Chestnut is just great.

People should be warned--there's tons of profanity (but that is how kids talk) and the ending gets very bloody and disturbing. I still remember people crying out loud in the audience back in 1991. A powerful film and well worth seeing.


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