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New Jack City (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  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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Where survival depends on friends, trust and power... An organized crime family out to run this city is up against cops who knows its streets. See more »


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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:

A Cidade do Novo Paraíso  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$47,624,253 (USA)
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Trivia

Story is largely based on a real-life Detroit gang known as The Chambers Brothers. Writer Barry Michael Cooper got the idea for the film after visiting Detroit and learning about the gang's exploits. See more »

Goofs

Just before Nino's meeting with Frankie Needles, he's talking on the phone about taking over the Carter apartments but he had already done that in the beginning of the movie. See more »

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Pooky: They got that shit hooked up like Mission Impossible, man!
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Referenced in New Jack City: A Hip Hop Classic (2005) See more »

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FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY
Written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Anthony Jackson
Performed by Troop and Levert
Rap by Queen Latifah
Troop and Levert appear courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
Queen Latifah appears courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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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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