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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 10 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hudhail Al-Amir ...
S.A.T. Man
Lloyd Avery II ...
Knucklehead #2
Mia Bell ...
Female Club Member
Lexie Bigham ...
Mad Dog
Kenneth A. Brown ...
Little Chris
Nicole Brown ...
Ceal ...
Darneicea Corley ...
Lewis Crump (as John Cothran Jr.)
Doughboy / Darren
Na'Blonka Durden ...
Trina (as Na' Blonka Durden)
Susan Falcon ...
Mrs. Olaf
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


Increase the peace 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


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$57,504,069 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film has been part of the National Film Registry since 2002. See more »


When Tre drives up to pick up Ricky, the windows on his car are down on both sides. After Ricky gets in, the shot from inside the car shows the window closed. See more »


The Old Man: Ain't nobody from outside bringing down the property value. It's these folk, shootin' each other and sellin' that crack rock and shit.
Furious Styles: Well, how you think the crack rock gets into the country? We don't own any planes. We don't own no ships. We are not the people who are flyin' and floatin' that shit in here.
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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 The Nanny: Schlepped Away (1994) See more »


Let's Go
Written, Produced and Performed by Kool Moe Dee
Courtesy of Jive Records
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hood ornaments, but this is more than an ornament
3 August 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe that John Singleton's work degenerated so in later years, because his debut was a masterpiece. We probably all have to agree that "Boyz n the Hood" was basically the first "growing up in the ghetto" movie, showing how these African-American youths are surrounded by violence during their childhoods - some perpetrated by the cops, some is their own doing - but they all have to find a way to keep going. If the movie has any problem, it's that it opened the flood gates to a series of similar inferior movies (but also the hilarious satire "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood").

Anyway, this is the one that I recommend. Cuba Gooding Jr. made a very good debut. Also starring Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long and Angela Bassett.

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