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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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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

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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$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 after Scotty are being talked into having Nick in his team, Nick fires his gun creating a pattern of a smiley face onto the wall - but only six shots are heard being fired, and the smiley consists of seven holes. See more »

Quotes

Scotty Appleton: Operation's gone, Nino's loose, Pookie's dead. I got Pookie killed, man.
Nick Peretti: Cut out this self-pitying shit about you killing Pookie. If anyone killed him it was me. I could see it.
Scotty Appleton: How the hell you gonna to tell me you killed Pookie?
Nick Peretti: Do you remember when you said I didn't care? When what the hell was I doing at Pookie's funeral anyway? Remember? I used to be Pookie.
Scotty Appleton: How the hell you used to be Pookie?
Nick Peretti: I was poor white-trash Pookie. This whole drug shit, it's not a black thing, it's not a white ...
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References Cobra (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

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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New Jack City
23 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As British TV is so bad at the moment I'm re-watching many of my DVDs. I dug this out. Wesley Snipes is a very underrated actor just like his peer Laurence Fishburne. He is excellent in this, and as another user has commented, you see especially in the trial scene that his character isn't quite the dumb-head he appears to be just misguided. It has a fine cast. I dug the film out to watch Judd Nelson's performance again in it as I've just re-watched the Breakfast Club and wanted to compare. I can't remember who directed NJC but it's very reminiscent of a Spike Lee film and just as hard hitting. It is just as relevant today as it was back in 1991 in fact more relevant here in Manchester, United Kingdom as we have seen over the past 7 years some serious divisions within the black community.


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