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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:
Hard, thoughtful film with messages for everybody 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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Color:
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Singleton based Tre's childhood on his own. Singleton's father was a mortgage broker like Laurence Fishburne's character. When he was 12, Singleton moved in with his father in South Los Angeles. Like Tre, Singleton stayed out of trouble with his father's guidance and went to college.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Furious is talking to Little Chris about raking his leaves, Chris is kneeling on his skateboard. In the next shot he is standing up holding it.See more »
Quotes:
Shalika:How do you know God's a he? He can be a she. You don't know that.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'Illegal Tender' (2008) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jam on ItSee more »

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82 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
Hard, thoughtful film with messages for everybody, 27 May 2005
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

John Singleton's Boyz n the Hood remains one of the best fictionalized and most poignant summaries of some of America's toughest internal problems - racism, violence, poverty, and drug abuse. This is not a hip-hop film, nor a detached and dehumanized story about "gang violence" (the great over-simplified scapegoat of the issues treated in this film), its a story about growing up fatherless or motherless in a war zone with a faceless enemy, where people do not value each other's lives at all and value their own lives only slightly more.

Laurence Fishburn leads one of the best casts of the early 1990s, in his memorable portrayal of Furious Styles, a father trying to raise his son (Cuba Gooding Jr) well in an environment where murder and substance abuse are day-to-day realities - South Central L.A. The film follows his son, Tre, and his friends, from the hardships of childhood in an irrelevant educational system and a neighborhood which doesn't allow kids to be kids, through to the realities of making decisions about the value of life and the development of responsibility and hope as young adults.

The cast disappears into their characters and brings each one to life in a unique and powerful way. losing the identities of big personalities like Fishburne and Ice Cube is no mean feat. Many of the performances recorded here are award-worthy - Fishburne, Bassett, Chesnutt, Gooding, and Ice Cube are especially memorable. For me personally, this is the film that convinced me that Ice Cube was destined to become a major personality in American cinema. While I had enjoyed some of his music prior to this film, it was here that I was first exposed to his versatility and intelligence as an actor.

While some may see some of the film's messages as heavy-handed, and others might have issues with the fact that the film deals with so many of the problems of inner-city life in a very 'in-your-face' almost archetypal manner, I find these criticisms impossible to justify.

This is a great film about real issues, sensitively portrayed and thoughtfully examined. Every American who cares about the vast untapped potential of our people ought to take a long, hard look at this one. These are not 'black problems', they are everybody's problems, and their solutions will require everybody's understanding. I could think of far worse places to begin developing that understanding than Boyz n the Hood.

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