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The self-hating black police officer was based on a cop whom John Singleton witnessed as a kid. Singleton felt it was critical to show this officer to show how racist black police could be towards black people.
Ice Cube owns the gold Chevrolet Impala that his character drove in the movie.
Laurence Fishburne, who plays Cuba Gooding Jr.'s father, is only six and a half years older than him in real life.
In order to maintain a sense of realism (i.e., shots firing unexpectedly), John Singleton never gave the actors cues as to when the shots would be fired. As such, their reactions are real.
The opening and closing scenes are direct references to Rob Reiner's movie Stand by Me (1986).
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.
Ice Cube was John Singleton's first choice for Doughboy, he approached him at a rap music concert a couple of times, and Cube was reluctant to audition via a screen test, conducted by Singleton himself. Singleton later encouraged Cube to write screenplays (based on Cube's contribution to rap lyrics) - which resulted in the successful 'Friday' film series.
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."
John Singleton's Oscar nomination for Best Director at the age of 24 made him the youngest director to ever receive such an accolade, beating Orson Welles by a good two years.
A pickpocket in this film, who tries to rob Doughboy's crew and gets beat up, wears a T-shirt reading "We Want Eazy". This is a reference to Eazy-E, Ice Cube's former N.W.A. bandmate, with whom he was feuding at the time.
In terms of investment, this was 1991's most financially successful film, making $56.1 million from a budget of only $6.5 million.
Many of the people portrayed in the film were based on people in John Singleton's life.
Ice Cube's second son (Darrel Jackson) uses the stage name Doughboy in real life as homage to his father's portrayal in the film. Cube's oldest son (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) goes by the stage name OMG.
After this film premiered nationally, there were instances where rival gang members ran into each other in theaters showing this film and engaged in shootouts.
Film debut of Regina King.
Tyra Ferrell, who played Doughboy and Ricky's mother was only seven years older than the two actors who played them: Morris Chestnut and Ice Cube'
John Singleton originally wanted the members of N.W.A. as part of Ice Cube's entourage. 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.
Eddie Murphy was considered for the role of Jason 'Furious' Styles.
In the scene where Furious (Laurence Fishburne) and his son (Cuba Gooding Jr.) are sitting on the rocks having a father-to-son chat, Furious mentions fighting as a young soldier in Vietnam. Laurence Fishburne starred in Apocalypse Now (1979) as a young soldier in Vietnam.
At the beginning of the movie the voice of a little boy says, "They shot my brother". This is the voice of Kenneth A. Brown, who plays Little Chris as well in the younger years of Tre's life.
The film as been part of the National Film Registry since 2002.
Doughboy and his crew are based on the Rollin 60s Crips street gang, while Ferris and his crew are based on the Crenshaw Mafia Bloods street gang.
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Ice Cube's protégé and fellow rapper Yo-Yo has a bit part during the party scene.
The film takes place in 1984 and 1991.
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John Singleton:  the mailman.


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Actor, Lloyd Avery II, who plays the gang member that shoots Ricky, was arrested in real life over the connection of a double homicide. He was convicted and put in jail. And was later killed on the evening of September 6, 2005, by his cell mate.
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