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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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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12 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding Jr play father and son in this movie they play close friends in the Tuskegee Airmen. See more »

Goofs

When Tre's Mom is dropping him off at his dad's house, the street and his dad's driveway are sunny, with no shade. After his dad tells the neighborhood kids he'll give them $5.00 for raking leaves on his lawn, the street and driveway are completely in shade. See more »

Quotes

[complaining about TV news coverage]
Doughboy: Either they don't know, don't show, or don't care about what's going on in the hood. They had all this foreign shit. They didn't have shit on my brother, man.
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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 Freedom Writers (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Sucker M.C.'s
Written by Lawrence Smith (as L. Smith), Joseph Simmons (as J. Simmons) & Darryl McDaniels (as D. McDaniels)
Performed by Run-D.M.C.
Courtesy of Profile Records 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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