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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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They're a new breed of gangster. The new public enemy. The new family of crime. 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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Release Date:

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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1.37 : 1
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The first words heard in the film, when the studio logo appears on the screen, "You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge," which is the opening line of the N.W.A. song "Straight Outta Compton." This is odd because that's a West Coast song and this film is set in New York City. See more »

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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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Produced by Al B. Sure!
Performed by F.S. Effect
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Am I My Brother's Keeper...
3 September 2002 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie was a surprise. I remember Mario van Peeble's father's "Watermelon Man", an amusing comedy that turns anti-white about half-way through and winds up rather a racist tract. It's almost a convention in movies about African-Americans who seem destructive to themselves or others that they are turned on to dope by white guys. Or, if they retain their rectitude, it's the white guys that are at the head of the horde of local pushers. Of course white women flock to the heroes, etc. We've seen it hundreds of times. But this one is different. The majority of performers are African-Americans, both the cops and the bad guys, neither of them perfect in their goodness or their evil. The characters seem to choose their own destinies for a change. Wesley Snipes is not given a loving trophy blonde. There is a token white cop, Judd Nelson, who was my supporting player in "From the Hip," an extraordinarily good film itself, who is permitted to say, "It's not a black thing. It's not a white thing." Crack is the problem here, not race. We're all in this together, which, in these days, is a pretty progressive statement. It's strictly a genre film. There is craftsmanship in it, if no noticeable attempt at depth, but it's well and stylishly done too. Van Peebles knows how to place the camera and when to cut. The performances are excellent for a film of this type. Snipes especially is a fine physical actor. It winds up with the expected shootout in an empty warehouse or factory. I'd kind of put off seeing this on TV, afraid of wincing through the prejudices I anticipated being expressed, and I was pleasantly surprised to find them completely absent here.


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