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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 & 15 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hudhail Al-Amir ...
S.A.T. Man
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
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


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)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


During the scene on Crenshaw Bl. when Doughboy cocks his gun and the slide stays back showing the gun is unloaded. See more »


Doughboy: Yeah, I heard you been gettin' that dope-head pussy. See, me, I probably get more pussy than you get air with yo' wannabe macdaddy ass.
Dooky: You don't know what I be getting. I don't be fucking no dopeheads. I let them suck my dick. Shit, they got AIDS and shit.
Monster: Stupid motherfucker, don't you know you can catch that shit from letting them suck on your dick?
Doughboy: Thank you.
Dooky: See. I ain't sick. I ain't all skinny and shit.
Chris: Nigga, what you mean you ain't skinny. Motherfucker so skinny, he can hula hoop ...
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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 Cousin Skeeter: Bellboyz in the Hood (2001) See more »


Just Ask Me To
Written by Al B. Sure! (as Al B. Sure), Kyle West and Chubb Rock
Produced by Al B. Sure! (as Al B. Sure) and Kyle West
Performed by Tevin Campbell featuring Chubb Rock
Courtesy of Qwest Records
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A profound ghetto film
31 May 2001 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

John Singleton with his debut film cleared easily any opposition in the ghetto life genre. These are real characters facing real problems. Singleton goes one step beyond Spike Lee, analyzing and not only describing, proposing and not only denouncing. The film gets even more absorbing by the terrific camera work and the top notch acting.

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