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Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | | Crime, Drama | 12 July 1991 (USA)
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Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hudhail Al-Amir ...
S.A.T. Man
Female Club Member (as Mia Bell)
Lexie Bigham ...
Mad Dog
Little Chris
Nicole Brown ...
Brandi - Age 10
Ceal ...
Darneicea Corley ...
Lewis Crump (as John Cothran Jr.)
Na'Blonka Durden ...
Trina (as Na' Blonka Durden)
Susan Falcon ...
Mrs. Olaf
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ...
Officer Coffey (as Jesse Ferguson)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boys in the Hood  »


Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,023,462, 14 July 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unlike most Oscar nominees who applaud even if they lose, director John Singleton was visibly angry when he lost the award to Jonathan Demme for The Silence of the Lambs (1991). See more »


When Doughboy is being taken to juvenile, a camera shadow falls across Ricky. See more »


Mrs. Baker: You ain't shit. You just like your daddy. You don't do shit, and you never gonna amount to shit. All you do is eat, sleep, and shit.
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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 »


Referenced in 30 for 30: Marion Jones: Press Pause (2010) See more »


Work It Out
Written by DJ Jazzy Jeff (as Jazzy Jeff) and Monie Love
Produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff (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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Tough and unflinching
29 January 2007 | by 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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