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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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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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Budget:

$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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Barry Michael Cooper chose Wesley Snipes for the lead role after seeing him in the music video for "Bad" by Michael Jackson. See more »

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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

Nino Brown: Am I my brother's keeper? Yes I am.
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NEW JACK HUSTLER (NINO'S THEME)
Written by Ice-T
Produced by D.J. Aladdin and Ice-T
Performed by Ice-T
Courtesy of Sire Records Company
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Wesley Snipes gets the lion's share of acting honors for his role as Nino Brown in New Jack City
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20 years after his father, Melvin Van Peebles, had made a revolutionary film called Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song, Mario Van Peebles would direct something of a classic himself with New Jack City. He plays the superior officer of a detective played by rapper Ice-T who we find out has personal reasons for wanting the drug dealer Nino Brown, played by Wesley Snipes, dead. Assisting him is partner Judd Nelson and a former user played by Chris Rock before he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live". While Rock is better known as a comedian, he gives a fine dramatic performance here. Of course, it's Snipes who gets the lion's share of the acting highlights especially when his character's on trial. While it seems initially the drug lifestyle is glamorous here, it does show eventually that crime doesn't pay. So on that note, New Jack City gets a high recommendation from me. P.S. While I managed to watch this on YouTube, some parts were missing so I checked the Italian upload on the site to watch what I missed and I managed to understand what was going on despite the Italian dubbing.


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