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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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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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Trivia

This is the first of four movies that Mario Van Peebles and Ice-T would work on together. The others are Crazy Six (1997), Judgment Day (1999) and Guardian (2001). Also he works with Chris Rock again on Panther (1995). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Scotty Appleton: What? All he gets is a year? No, this ain't happening. I should have killed you myself, bitch.
Nino Brown: Well, that's the difference between you and me. Don't get mad, Tito. It's the *law*. Sucks, huh? Well, maybe when this is over with, you can come and work for me.
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Referenced in Will & Grace: New Will City (2000) See more »

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LYRICS 2 THE RHYTHM
Written by T. Marie, T. Armstrong, R. Smith, T. Hutchinson & Grandmaster Flash (as J. Saddler)
Produced by Grandmaster Flash
Performed by Essence
Courtesy of Giant Records
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Am I My Brother's Keeper...
3 September 2002 | by 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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