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New Jack City (1991)

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

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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)  »

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A Cidade do Novo Paraíso  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,039,622, 10 March 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,624,253
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1.37 : 1
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Martin Lawrence auditioned for the role of Pookie. However, he opted out of the film following the death of his mentor Robin Harris. See more »

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When Nino Brown kills the first cop in the second bust, we see he removes the cop's hat and puts it over the cop's face. When he killed Park, we can see that Brown is wearing the same cap. See more »

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Nino Brown: You sound like this shit'll change the world.
G-Money: I don't know about all that change-the-world shit, but I do know they be going crazy over this. And the bitches... oh lord! Them bitches, they do anything for this, man! I had my jimmy waxed every day last week! You understand? Several times a day!
Nino Brown: [laughs] Get the fuck out of here! I know damn well ain't nobody sucked your shriveled-up dick.
G-Money: You trying to dis me?
Nino Brown: I'm just telling the truth. That's all I'm doing. Several times a day, my ass.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
Written by M.C. Ren, Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre
Performed by NWA (as N.W.A.)
Courtesy of Priority Records, Inc. / Ruthless Records
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Wesley Snipes - American Gangster
15 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

New Jack City is from is probably an example of an early 90's blaxpilotian flick which is straight up with other greats like Boyz'n'Hood. However this focus's on more of the 1980's era when the crack cocaine problem broke out onto the streets on New York City. The movie is brilliant because unlike most gangster or mafia flicks which almost portrait a hedonistic view , New Jack City is very urban and down to earth . The film waste no time breaking into action with no OTT clichés which we have all gotten used to seeing. The script was great with a lot sharp twists and turns. Ice T performance was certainly note worthy and it is easy to see how he would go onto play Law and Order , although I felt there were some stereotypical 'black cop' moments in his performance which I am afraid I just did not by and his partner did not really do much apart pass sarcasm and comes up with probably one good idea in the movie. Having said that the star of the show was truly Wesley Snipes because truly without him this movie would have been nothing , although I am aware that he models him-self after Tony Montana in certain aspects he was actually basing his performance on a real life gangster , and it was a pleasure to see him on screen because he was not portraying a typical hood rat! Instead we have got a person who almost reminds one of Al Capone with his untouchable attitude but at the same time is very intelligent! One might even be charmed or might find him-self agreeing with the stuff he comes out with but Snipes does a masterful job of showing us how evil this man really is although with Robin Hood and his Merry men crew also it note checking out Chris Rocks performance although he was added for humour he did not shy away from the dangers of crack. The film only faulted with a few minor things like the ending which probably everyone saw coming however have said that , New Jack City was from time when I was growing up where the word 'cool' was at an all time high with wacky track-suits and hair cuts but the rap music still has not lost its shine along with a very sharp anti-drugs message. I would recommend this one to fans of blaxpoltation,Law and Order and also gangster flicks or just for Snipes performance alone as you will watch one man who exploits the misery of others as a business opportunity all in the name of the American Way!

NEW JACK CITY : 8.6 OUT OF 10

'You gotta rob to be rich in the Reagan Era!' - Nino Brown (played by Wesley Snipes)


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