Boyz n the Hood (1991) Poster


Ice Cube owns the gold Chevrolet Impala that his character drives in the movie.
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To maintain a sense of realism, John Singleton never warned the actors about when shots would be fired. Their reactions are real.
Laurence Fishburne, who plays Cuba Gooding Jr.'s father, is only six and a half years older than him in real life.
The opening and closing scenes are direct references to Rob Reiner's movie Stand by Me (1986).
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.
Film debuts of Regina King and Ice Cube.
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.
In terms of investment, this was 1991's most financially successful film, making $56.1 million from a budget of only $6.5 million.
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.
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."
Many of the people portrayed in the film were based on people in John Singleton's life.
Will Smith was considered for the role of Tre Styles but turned it down due to his commitment to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990).
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.
Tyra Ferrell, who played Doughboy and Ricky's mother, was only seven years older than Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut.
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.
The self-hating black police officer was based on a cop whom John Singleton encountered as a kid. Singleton felt it was critical to show this officer to show how racist black police could be towards black people. This particular scene with the police officer is an accurate portrayal of a self-hating person of color in a position (from a public servant to an employer) - a YouTube channel (The Advise Show TV) hosted by a Houston, Texas radio personality aired 2 clips via a YouTube upload where he describes a self hating person of color as an Uncle Ruckus (named after a character in The Boondocks) in a position to harm African Americans based on clichéd stereotypes where undisclosed colorism does exist. The comment section with the YouTube videos associated had one reference to this particular scene from the film. Additionally, many of the other characters were inspired by people Singleton knew in real life.
Eddie Murphy was considered for the role of Jason 'Furious' Styles.
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.
Unlike most Oscar nominees who applaud even if they lose, director John Singleton was visibly angry when he lost the award to Jonathan Demme for The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
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 - in real life, he portrayed his real-life father in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton - the biopic based on the rap group N.W.A. which Cube was a member.
The film has been part of the National Film Registry since 2002.
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.
This is the first of three films starring both Ice Cube and Laurence Fishburne. They would later both appear in Higher Learning (1995) and _Ride Along_.
Ice Cube's protégé and fellow rapper Yo-Yo has a small part during the party scene.
In an October 20, 2014 Nerdist podcast, Paul Reubens revealed that John Singleton was security for the set of Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986). John Singleton would also present his script to Laurence Fishburne and Mr. Reubens and ask for their opinion. This would eventually lead to Fishburne winding up being cast in the film.
Many real Crenshaw Mafia Bloods members were angered by the films portrayal of their set. Members stated that they were fronted off as cowards rather than authentic gangsters.
Part of John Singleton's inspiration to making this film came when an executive from Orion Pictures came to talk to his class at USC's film school. Singleton told the executives that he didn't like that the movie "Colors" wasn't about South Central Los Angeles at all but was about "two white cops". When the exec defensively said that Ice-T wrote the music for the film, Singleton said to a lot of applause "Well, Ice-T didn't write the fucking script!" Singleton also cited "New Jack City" as a film that he didn't like and wanted to make this film as different from as possible.
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.
The gun Furious Styles uses at the beginning is a Colt Python in .357 fitted with a Six Inch Barrel.
This is the first of two movies in which Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett play spouses. Although in this film they are divorced, they co-starred in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) as Ike Turner and Tina Turner who are married and later divorced.
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.
Regina King and Cuba Gooding Jr. appeared in Jerry Maguire (1996) as a married couple.
Furious' real first name is Jason.
The film takes place in 1984 and 1991.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
The car Doughboy drives is a beige 1963 Chevy Impala convertible.
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The car that the Bloods drive is a red 1988 Hyundai Excel
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This is the first of many films where Ice Cube and Nia Long would collaborate and work together. These films include Friday (1995), Are We There Yet? (2005), and Are We Done Yet? (2007)
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Film debut of Regina King and Ice Cube. They would later play brother and sister in Friday
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1:37:45 Ricky Baker was born on February 8, 1974, his social security number is 573-62-2923, his telephone number is 555-2214, and his verbal SAT score was 300, his math was 410.
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Released the same year (1991) and preserved in the National Film Registry the same year (2002) as Beauty and the Beast (1991). In addition, Laurence Fishburne (Furious Styles) was considered for the role of the Beast.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Actor Lloyd Avery II, who plays the gang member that shoots Ricky, later became a member of the Bloods right after the film's release where he resided in a section of South Central L.A. known as The Jungle (located in Baldwin Hills) which was a known Bloods hangout. He was arrested in real life in connection with a double homicide. He was convicted and put in jail. He was later killed on the evening of September 6, 2005, by his cell mate.
The handgun Doughboy uses is a Colt double eagle
When Doughboy kills Ferris to avenge his brother Ricky, if you look closely you can see tears going down Doughboy's eyes showing that even though he kills Ferris it won't bring Ricky back.
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