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New Jack City (1991)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  8 March 1991 (USA)
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A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

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Storyline

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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gang | drugs | police | crack cocaine | power | See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, drug content, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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8 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

New Jack City  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$47,624,253 (USA)
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Trivia

Ice-T almost refused the role as Scottie because he felt that if the film was a failure it would negatively affect his rap career. During an interview with MTV's Kurt Loder back in 1990, Ice T stated to Loder that he hated the police due to his past connection with the Crips. However, not only was the film a hit, but it also proved to give him his huge break as an actor. See more »

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When Nino stabs Kareem, the dagger is in Kareem's hand in one shot, but next to his hand in another. See more »

Quotes

Scotty Appleton: Yeah, yeah, yeah a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Now back to the titties.
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(THERE YOU GO) TELLING ME NO AGAIN
Written and Produced by Keith Sweat and Bobby Wooten
Performed by Keith Sweat
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
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Wesley Snipes gets the lion's share of acting honors for his role as Nino Brown in New Jack City
23 February 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

20 years after his father, Melvin Van Peebles, had made a revolutionary film called Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song, Mario Van Peebles would direct something of a classic himself with New Jack City. He plays the superior officer of a detective played by rapper Ice-T who we find out has personal reasons for wanting the drug dealer Nino Brown, played by Wesley Snipes, dead. Assisting him is partner Judd Nelson and a former user played by Chris Rock before he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live". While Rock is better known as a comedian, he gives a fine dramatic performance here. Of course, it's Snipes who gets the lion's share of the acting highlights especially when his character's on trial. While it seems initially the drug lifestyle is glamorous here, it does show eventually that crime doesn't pay. So on that note, New Jack City gets a high recommendation from me. P.S. While I managed to watch this on YouTube, some parts were missing so I checked the Italian upload on the site to watch what I missed and I managed to understand what was going on despite the Italian dubbing.


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