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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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Storyline

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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Increase the peace 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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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$57,504,069 (USA)
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John Singleton's Oscar nomination for Best Director at the age of 24 made him the youngest director to ever receive such an accolade, beating Orson Welles by a good two years. See more »

Goofs

Tre is given, by Furious, the tedious job of raking the leaves off of his lawn. There is, however, no tree evident in supporting shots or surrounding lawns to indicate where the leaves had come from. See more »

Quotes

Shalika: Why is it every time you talk about a female you gotta say bitch, ho, or hootchie?
Doughboy: 'Cause that's what you are.
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Crazy Credits

After the epilogue of what happens to Doughboy and Tre, the words "Boyz n the Hood: Increase the Peace" appears onscreen See more »

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Referenced in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Boyz in the Woods (1992) See more »

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Work It Out
Written by Jeffrey A. Townes (as Jazzy Jeff) and Monie Love
Produced by Jeffrey A. Townes (as Jazzy Jeff)
Performed by Monie Love
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc. / Chrysalis Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A gripping tale about South Central L.A.
22 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

John Singleton's best film also proved to be one of my favorite movies about life in the streets. Cuba Gooding, Jr. displayed early on he was going to be a respectable actor. The power of the film has yet to be matched as most modern interpretations of street life prove to be violent stylizations. While Singleton has taken a couple missteps along the way, this film still stands up rather well by today's standards. The motives and actions appear realistic, especially Doughboy's thirst for revenge. A good film, which not only helped improve Laurence Fishburne's career, but introduced us to Gooding.


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