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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scotty Appleton (as Ice T)
Old Man
Christopher Williams ...
Tracy Camilla Johns ...
Frankie Needles
Reverend Oates


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cidade do Novo Paraíso  »

Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)


$47,624,253 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Needles comes to the club on New Years Eve, Nino pulls a knife and cuts off Needles ponytail. The ponytail comes loose an inch above the blade of the knife when Nino pulls on the ponytail before he moves the blade. See more »


Nino Brown: [after the carter is shut down] A million dollar a week business reduce to fucking rubble!
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Written by David 'Redhead' Guppy (as Redhead Kingpin)
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Wesley Snipes Should Have Been Nominated
12 February 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is one great movie, but the thing that really made it special was Wesley Snipes portrayal of a totally despicable character in Nino Brown. He didn't portray Nino as the stereotypical drug dealer. Instead he portrayed Nino as a highly intelligent man who you wonder what would have happened if he had put his intelligence to more productive pursuits. Also, Ice-T wasn't bad in his first major role and you can see how much he has improved by watching Law and Order: SVU.

This is not your typical movie about the drug culture.

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