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Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | | Crime, Drama | 12 July 1991 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hudhail Al-Amir ...
S.A.T. Man
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Miya McGhee ...
Female Club Member (as Mia Bell)
Lexie Bigham ...
Mad Dog
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Little Chris
Nicole Brown ...
Brandi - Age 10
Ceal ...
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Darneicea Corley ...
Keisha
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Lewis Crump (as John Cothran Jr.)
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Na'Blonka Durden ...
Trina (as Na' Blonka Durden)
Susan Falcon ...
Mrs. Olaf
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ...
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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Once upon a time in South Central L.A. ... It ain't no fairy tale See more »

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Crime | Drama

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$57,504,069
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John Singleton originally wanted the members of N.W.A. as part of Ice Cube's entourage in the movie. Cube's departure from NWA over a salary dispute resulted in a feud (as depicted in both Cube's "Death Certificate" album, NWA's "100 Miles and Runnin'" and the final NWA album "Efil4zaggin") forced Singleton to recast the roles for Cube's entourage, including the infamous chain-snatcher scene where the character wears an Eazy-E T-shirt and is subsequently beaten. See more »

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When Ricky is shot, both of the shots exit from the right barrel of his double-barrel shotgun. See more »

Quotes

Furious Styles: [referring to drug epidemic] I know every time you turn on the TV thats what you see, Black People, sellin the rock, pushin the rock, pushin the rock, yeah I know. But that wasn't a problem as long as it was here
[referring to Compton, Watts, other Black ghettos]
Furious Styles: . It wasn't a problem until it was in Iowa on Wall Street where there are hardly any black people.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) See more »

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Ooh Child
Written by Stan Vincent
Performed by The Five Stairsteps
Courtesy of Essex Entertainment
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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A Powerful Drama That Has not Aged
22 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

In South Central Los Angeles, the boy Tre Styles lives with his divorced mother Reva Styles (Angela Bassett). When Tre is suspended for three days at school, Reva decides to send him to live in Crenshaw with his father, the businessman Furious Styles (Larry Fishburne), "to become a man". Tre befriends his neighbors, the half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker, and soon they become best friends. Seven years later, Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is an educated teenager preparing to join the university; Ricky (Morris Chestnut) is an athlete, expecting to join the university with scholarship since he is a great football player; and Doughboy (Ice Cube) is a small time criminal that has been arrested several times. But they live in a dangerous neighborhood where dreams are shattered by bullets.

"Boyz n the Hood" is a powerful drama by John Singleton that has not aged after twenty-five years. The social problem in American ghettos is shown in South Central Los Angeles. Youths are forced to live with violence and shootings since their parents cannot afford to move to a better neighborhood and even those that try to prepare for a better future, may be involved with the environment. The fate of Ricky and his family is heartbreaking. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Boyz n the Hood - Os Donos da Rua" ("Boyz n the Hood – The Owners of the Street")


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