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Boyz n the Hood -- Saga of a group of childhood friends growing up in a Los Angeles ghetto.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
John Singleton (written by)
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Release Date:
12 July 1991 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Once upon a time in South Central L.A. ... It ain't no fairy tale See more »
Plot:
Saga of a group of childhood friends growing up in a Los Angeles ghetto. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Rick, it's the Nineties. Can't afford to be afraid of our own people anymore, man. See more (170 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Hudhail Al-Amir ... S.A.T. Man
Lloyd Avery II ... Knucklehead #2

Angela Bassett ... Reva Styles
Mia Bell ... Female Club Member
Lexie Bigham ... Mad Dog
Kenneth A. Brown ... Little Chris
Nicole Brown ... Brandi - Age 10
Ceal ... Sheryl

Morris Chestnut ... Ricky Baker
Darneicea Corley ... Keisha

John Cothran ... Lewis Crump (as John Cothran Jr.)

Ice Cube ... Doughboy / Darren
Na'Blonka Durden ... Trina (as Na' Blonka Durden)
Susan Falcon ... Mrs. Olaf

Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ... Officer Coffey (as Jesse Ferguson)
Tyra Ferrell ... Mrs. Baker

Laurence Fishburne ... Furious Styles (as Larry Fishburne)
Dedrick D. Gobert ... Dooky

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Tre Styles
Regi Green ... Chris (as Redge Green)

Kareem J. Grimes ... Ice Cream Truck Kid

Tammy Hanson ... Rosa
Valentino D. Harrison ... Bobby - Age 10 (as Valentino Harrison)
Desi Arnez Hines II ... Tre - Age 10
Baha Jackson ... Doughboy - Age 10
Dee Dee Jacobs ... Renee

Kirk Kinder ... Officer Graham
Meta King ... Brandi's Mom

Regina King ... Shalika
Leanear Lane ... Gangster #2

Nia Long ... Brandi
Whitman Mayo ... The Old Man
Donovan McCrary ... Ricky - Age 10
Don Nelson ... Gangster #1
Jimmy Lee Newman ... Kid
Malcolm Norrington ... Knucklehead #1

Alysia Rogers ... Shanice (as Alysia M. Rogers)
Esther Scott ... Tisha's Grandmother
Leonette Scott ... Tisha

Vonte Sweet ... Ric Rock (as Vonté Sweet)
Baldwin C. Sykes ... Monster
Raymond D. Turner ... Ferris
Yolanda Whittaker ... Yo-Yo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Singleton ... Mailman (uncredited)

Directed by
John Singleton 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Singleton (written by)

Produced by
Steve Nicolaides .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Mills (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bruce Cannon 
 
Casting by
Jaki Brown 
 
Art Direction by
Bruce Bellamy 
 
Set Decoration by
Kathryn Peters 
 
Makeup Department
Marietta Carter-Narcisse .... makeup artist (as Marietta A. Carter)
Sterfon Demings .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Steve Nicolaides .... unit production manager
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simone Farber .... dga trainee
Eric Jones .... second assistant director
Don Wilkerson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Shirley Moore .... assistant property master (as Shirley A. Moore)
Willie J. Thompson .... property master
Michael D. Costello .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flaherty .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Amanda J. Flick .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Johnathon Gallagher .... painter (uncredited)
Caryn Marcus .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Pamela Bentkowski .... special sound effects editor (as Pam Bentkowski)
Ruth Bird .... assistant adr editor
Veda Campbell .... sound mixer
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... dialogue editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Patrick Drummond .... supervising sound editor
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
Wayne Griffin .... dialogue editor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Karen Minahan .... assistant special sound effects editor
Bob Newlan .... sound effects editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Michael A. Patillo .... boom operator (as Michael Anthony Patillo)
Brenda Sowa .... assistant special sound effects editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Renee Tondelli .... adr editor
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Tim Song Jones .... sound transferer (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Randy Singer .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Domeyer .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Thomas M. Ficke .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ousaun Elam .... utility stunts
Bob Minor .... stunt coordinator
Gerard G. Williams .... utility stunts (as Gerard Williams)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Judson S. Brown .... second assistant camera
Tony Brown .... dolly grip (as Tony A. Brown)
Sherman Fulton .... assistant chief lighting technician
Anthony Gaudioz .... camera operator (as Tony Gaudioz)
Elisha Harris .... chief lighting technician (as Eli Harris)
D. Stevens .... still photographer
Robert A. Torres .... first assistant camera
Chuck Wells .... key grip
Derek Wells .... best boy grip (as Derek E. Wells)
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Warren Fox .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael E. Little .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Chuck Sorensen .... electrician (uncredited)
Bobby Thomas .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Darin D. Brown .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryle Johnson .... wardrobe: men
Sharlene Williams .... wardrobe: women (as Shirlene Williams)
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Lisa Cholodenko .... post-production assistant
David Giammarco .... assistant film editor
Margaret Guinee .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Jamie Forester .... music editor (as Jamie Gelb)
Raoul Roach .... music supervisor
Jeff Marsh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James R. Brown .... transportation coordinator (as James Brown)
Joseph E. Knott .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Gregory Allain .... production assistant
Judith Alonso .... assistant: Mr. Nicolaides
Gabrielle D. Buford .... production assistant
Wendy Renskowski Dale .... assistant accountant (as Wendy Renskowski)
Jeanie Daniels .... payroll accountant
Therese J. Davis .... unit publicist
Doris Nomathande Dixon .... production assistant
Joseph Doughrity .... production assistant
Linda Folsom .... production coordinator (as Linda Allan-Folsom)
Dawn Gilliam .... script supervisor
Katha Jones .... production accountant
Steven D. Levine .... production assistant
Kojo Lewis .... location manager (as Ernest Kojo Lewis)
Melissa Maxwell .... assistant: Mr. Singleton
Melody Phillips .... craft service
DJ Pooh .... drive-by sequence and beats
Brent Rollins .... logo artwork
Alex S. Samuel .... production assistant
Dion B. Vines .... production assistant (as Dion Vines)
Kendrick Wallace .... production associate (as Kendrick J. Wallace)
Earl West .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Spike Lee .... thanks
Danny Singleton .... thanks
Sheila Ward .... thanks (as Sheila L. Ward)
Fred Williams .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Boys in the Hood" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, violence and sensuality
Runtime:
112 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Columbia Pictures wanted to make the picture, but wanted someone other than John Singleton to direct it. Singleton believed only he could do it, replying, "Hell, no, I'm not gonna let somebody from Idaho or Encino direct a movie about living in south-central Los Angeles. They can't come in here and cast it and go through the rewrites and know exactly what aesthetics are unique to this film."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Amount of blood on Trey's jeans, when he enters his home to get the gun after Rick is shot, then the jeans have less amount of blood when he gets out of Doughboy's car and then back to the same amount again when he comes back home.See more »
Quotes:
Doughboy:I heard you like Mr. GQ Smooth now. You working over at the Fox Hills Mall?
Tre Styles:Yeah, I get discounts on clothes. You like?
Doughboy:You look like you sellin' rocks.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hood of the Living Dead (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ooh ChildSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Rick, it's the Nineties. Can't afford to be afraid of our own people anymore, man., 31 August 2009
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

1991

"One out of every twenty-one Black American males will be murdered in their lifetime"

"Most will die at the hands of another Black male"

"Increase The Peace" is the closing message of John Singleton's powerful, intelligent and affecting call for calm in South Central Los Angeles. Often mistakenly presumed by those who haven't seen it to be a film that glamorises violence, Singleton's debut film takes us into South Central and holds us there by just shooting the story. No trickery or overtly moralistic posturing from the director {and writer}, just an unpretentious look at life in a modern ghetto.

The story follows three black teenagers as they ponder on what life holds for them as adulthood lurks from around the corner. Brothers Doughboy {Ice Cube} and Ricky Baker {Morris Chestnut} and best friend Tre Styles {Cuba Gooding Jr}, each have the usual worries that come with leaving the teenage years behind. Parents, girls, careers, not returning to the pen! But this is no ordinary coming of age drama, we have been party to this neighbourhood that these boys live in. This is a place where a trip to the store can get you killed in a drive by shooting. A place where those keen to learn, and do their homework have their muse shattered by the frequent sound of gunshots and sirens filling the South Central night.

Tho Singleton can be accused of painting some of his characters as too saintly, he should be forgiven since this is after all, a message movie. Besides which his portrait of this particular neighbourhood is done from honest memory since he himself be a former youth of South Central LA. There in lies one of Boyz's trump cards, Singleton, thru his own observations, asks of those in "The Hood" to take responsibility for what they do. Something that is potently given narrative credence courtesy of Tre's father's {a fabulous understated Laurence Fishburne} deep musings. Once the built up tension explodes with the inevitable tragedy that all should be ready for, the impact is like a sledgehammer hitting bone. Not in a blood letting for impact sake, but with it's aftermath as a family soaks up the situation. It gives 90s cinema one of its most affecting and damning scenes, one that once viewed is hard to fully shake out of the memory bank. Here Singleton could possibly have bowed out of the story, but he goes further, expanding the aftermath and taking us, along with the characters, to it's final "Increase The Peace" dénouement.

It's been called everything from an After School Special to the most important Black American movie made thus far. I agree with the last assessment. 9/10

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