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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)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tre wears the same thing as his father in the first scene he appears in and later in the film when he and Ricky visit Furious. 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 »


Tre Styles: Man, what the fuck is wrong with you?
Ricky: What?
Tre Styles: You're slamming my door like some kind of Gorilla on a football field!
Ricky: Damn, Nigger! What's wrong with you?
Tre Styles: Nothing.
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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 CB4 (1993) See more »


Every Single Weekend
Written by Ice Cube, Kam (as KAM) and Boogie Men Music
Produced by Ice Cube and Boogie Men Productions
Performed by Kam (as KAM)
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A gripping tale about South Central L.A.
22 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

John Singleton's best film also proved to be one of my favorite movies about life in the streets. Cuba Gooding, Jr. displayed early on he was going to be a respectable actor. The power of the film has yet to be matched as most modern interpretations of street life prove to be violent stylizations. While Singleton has taken a couple missteps along the way, this film still stands up rather well by today's standards. The motives and actions appear realistic, especially Doughboy's thirst for revenge. A good film, which not only helped improve Laurence Fishburne's career, but introduced us to Gooding.

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