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Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  5 April 1991 (USA)
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Two African-Americans and two Puerto-Ricans (though one pretends to be Italian) go out on the town on a Friday night. They will be forced to get to know each other, and even worst, learn to... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Willie Stevens
Mario Joyner ...
Tom McNeal
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Johnny
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Vinny / Fernando
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Vanessa
Mary B. Ward ...
Luna
Reggie Montgomery ...
Rasta
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Daria
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Lila
Steven Randazzo ...
Pedro
Marisol R. Reyes ...
Sara
Victor L. Cook ...
Louie-Louie
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Caseworker
Clayton Prince ...
Frederick
Ellis Williams ...
Bobby
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Storyline

Two African-Americans and two Puerto-Ricans (though one pretends to be Italian) go out on the town on a Friday night. They will be forced to get to know each other, and even worst, learn to like each other as friends. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language and a strong sex scene | See all certifications »
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5 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az utcák királyai  »

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$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$532,933 (USA)
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Trivia

John Leguizamo originally wanted to play Johnny as being street-smart and wearing the latest urban fashion. But Vasquez insisted that Johnny be an innocent character. Leguizamo originally could not believe that a young man from the ghetto could be so innocent until Vasquez revealed that that part of Johnny was based on himself. See more »

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During the car crash, the hood of Tommy's car pops up before he hits the wall. See more »

Quotes

Tom McNeal: I wouldn't dance with you even if you didn't look like a sabertooth tiger. Bitch!
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »

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The Power
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Courtesy of Logic Records
Produced by Snap
Written by Benito Benites, John 'Virgo' Garrett III & Toni C.
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Vasquez's lost jewel
8 September 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I have to agree with Jason's review, Hangin' with the Homeboys is an excellent and extremely funny film.

It is very reminiscent of Spike Lee's early movies in that it has a very personal feel. I noticed that in the end credits Vasquez appears to send a 'shout out' to friends he grew up with who I assume he had lost contact with. I suspect that Vasquez based a number of the characters and incidents in this film on his neighbourhood pals.

The strength of the film is that despite the fact that Vasquez deals with some very important issues, he balances everything perfectly with great expertise. This is not just a comedy (although it is extremely funny), it is also a very intelligent and thought provoking film and it is clear that Vasquez would have had a bright future.

The acting is excellent and despite this being a loud and brash film at times, there are some very subtle moments that will result in you remembering moments from this film weeks later.

This film deserves to be seen and enjoyed by more people.


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