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New Jack City -- A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megamanical while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
8 March 1991 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Wesley Snipes ... Nino Brown

Ice-T ... Scotty Appleton (as Ice T)

Allen Payne ... Gee Money

Chris Rock ... Pookie

Mario Van Peebles ... Stone

Michael Michele ... Selina

Bill Nunn ... Duh Duh Duh Man

Russell Wong ... Park

Bill Cobbs ... Old Man
Christopher Williams ... Kareem Akbar

Judd Nelson ... Nick Peretti

Vanessa Williams ... Keisha
Tracy Camilla Johns ... Uniqua

Anthony DeSando ... Frankie Needles

Nick Ashford ... Reverend Oates

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney ... Prosecuting Attorney Hawkins
Thalmus Rasulala ... Police Commissioner

John Aprea ... Don Armeteo

Fab 5 Freddy ... Master of Ceremonies

Flavor Flav ... D.J.
Clebert Ford ... Frazier
Laverne Hart ... Prom Queen
Eek-A-Mouse ... Fat Smitty

Gregg Smrz ... Biff
Erica McFarquhar ... Teacher

Keith Sweat ... Singer at Wedding
Max Rabinowitz ... Gigantor
Marcella Lowery ... Woman in Hallway
Manuel E. Santiago ... Judge
Ben Gotlieb ... Prosecuting Attorney
Thelma Louise Carter ... Reporter
Linda Froehlich ... Reporter

Christopher Michael ... Bailiff
Tiger Frederick ... Basketball Player
Rynel Johnson ... Basketball Player

Kelly Jo Minter ... Recovering Addict

Tina Lifford ... Recovering Addict

Paul Raczkowski ... Recovering Addict
Erik Kilpatrick ... Recovering Addict
Harold Baines ... Kid on Stoop
Sekou Campbell ... Kid on Stoop
David Michael Golson ... Kid on Stoop
Garvin Holder ... Kid on Stoop
Leo O'Brien ... Kid on Stoop
Bobby Stancil ... Kid on Stoop
Teddy Riley ... New Year's Eve Band - (Guy)
Aaron Hall ... New Year's Eve Band - (Guy)
Damien Hall ... New Year's Eve Band - (Guy)
Rodney Benford ... Singers - Spring - (Troop)
John Harreld ... Singers - Spring - (Troop)
Allen McNeil ... Singers - Spring - (Troop)

Steve Russell ... Singers - Spring - (Troop)
Reggie Warren ... Singers - Spring - (Troop)
Gerald Levert ... Singers - Winter - (Levert)
Sean Levert ... Singers - Winter - (Levert)
Marc Gordon ... Singers - Winter - (Levert)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Akosua Busia ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Lia Chang ... Scotty's Girl (uncredited)
Larry M. Cherry ... Barber (uncredited)

Toni Ann Johnson ... Girl in the Window (uncredited)
Cinti Laird ... Brides Maid of Honor at Wedding Reception (uncredited)

Jake LaMotta ... Gangster standing at bar. (uncredited)

Ron Millkie ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mario Van Peebles 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Thomas Lee Wright (story)

Thomas Lee Wright (screenplay) and
Barry Michael Cooper (screenplay)

Produced by
James Bigwood .... associate producer
Suzanne Broderick .... associate producer
Fab 5 Freddy .... associate producer
Preston L. Holmes .... co-producer
George Jackson .... producer
Doug McHenry .... producer
Dwight Williams .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Vassal Benford (original score composer)
Michel Colombier 
 
Cinematography by
Francis Kenny (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Steven Kemper 
 
Casting by
Pat Golden 
John McCabe 
 
Production Design by
Charles C. Bennett 
 
Art Direction by
Laura Brock 
Barbra Matis 
 
Set Decoration by
Elaine O'Donnell 
 
Costume Design by
Bernard Johnson 
 
Makeup Department
Larry M. Cherry .... hair stylist (as Larry Max Cherry)
Tim Davis .... special makeup effects artist
Diane Hammond .... makeup artist
Aaron F. Quarles .... hair stylist (as Aaron Quarles)
Ellie Winslow .... assistant makeup artist
Yuseff .... hair stylist: Ice T
 
Production Management
Preston L. Holmes .... unit production manager
Brent Owens .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marlene Arvan .... second second assistant director
Mark Croll .... additional second assistant director
Ed Dessisso .... first assistant director: second unit
William Jennings .... dga trainee
Jeff Lengyel .... second unit director
Ron Mitchell .... additional second assistant director (as Ronnie Mitchell)
Joseph Ray .... second assistant director
Dwight Williams .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Tom Conway .... set dresser
Jeffrey L. Glave .... chargeman scenic artist (as Jeff Glave)
Bruce Lee Gross .... key set dresser
Roberta J. Holinko .... art department coordinator (as Roberta Holinka)
Kevin Ladson .... assistant property master (as K.C. Ladson)
Octavio Molina .... property master
Schavaria Reeves .... prop intern
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator (as Raymond Samitz)
Laura Jean West .... assistant property master (as Laura West)
Byron K. Lovelace .... props (uncredited)
Byron K. Lovelace .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... adr mixer
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer
Bub Asman .... sound editor
Bob Brockman .... sound mixer
Terry Burke .... foley artist
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Patrick Cyccone)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Robert Fitzgerald .... sound editor
Keith Gardner .... boom operator
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor
Rosa Howell-Thornhill .... cable person
Mike Le Mare .... supervising sound editor
Darrin Martin .... assistant sound editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Jayme S. Parker .... sound editor (as Jayme Parker)
Travis Powers .... sound effects editor
Lise Richardson .... sound editor (as Lisé Richardson)
John Rotondi .... sound engineer: Y4
Robert L. Sephton .... sound editor (as Robert Sephton)
Rachel Shaw .... assistant sound editor
Janelle Showalter .... assistant sound editor (as Janelle Showalta)
Frank Stettner .... production sound mixer (as Franklin D. Stettner)
Karola Storr .... sound editor
Robert Thirlwell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert Thirwell)
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Brooke H. Ward)
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Wilfred Caban .... special effects coordinator
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects supervisor (as Steve Kirshoff)
Denis Zack .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunts
Danny Aiello III .... stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
David Lamont Batiste .... stunts
Paul Bucossi .... stunts
Darrell Carey .... stunts
Daniel Dod .... stunts (as Danny Dod)
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Andy Duppin .... stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunts
Lance Guecia .... stunts (as Lance William Guecia)
Don Hewitt .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
David S. Lomax .... stunts (as David Lomax)
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts
Harry Madsen .... stunts
Don Picard .... stunts
Elliot Santiago .... stunts
Bruce Smolanoff .... stunts
Brian Strickland .... stunts
Jeff Ward .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Savas Alatis .... assistant camera
Robert M. Andres .... key grip (as Robert Andres)
Martin Andrews .... rigging gaffer
Ted Churchill .... Steadicam operator
Myra-Lee Cohen .... second assistant camera
Lamont Crawford .... grip trainee
Val DeSalvo .... best boy electric (as Valerie DeSalvo)
Tom Grunke .... underwater photographer
Ed Hershberger .... additional camera operator
Charles Houston .... gaffer
Gregory Irwin .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Kelem .... aerial camera operator
Tom Kudlek .... dolly grip (as Thomas Kudlek)
Jacek Laskus .... director of photography: second unit
Robert Levi .... additional director of photography: second unit
Rick Marroquin .... grip
John Newby .... camera operator
John Sosenko .... camera operator: second unit
Paul Wachter .... best boy grip
Joel David Warren .... still photographer (as Joel Warren)
Tom Zafian .... video playback operator (as Thomas Zafian)
Joan Zierler .... first assistant camera: second unit
 
Casting Department
Eileen Mack Knight .... casting: Los Angeles (as Eileen Knight)
Monica Swann .... casting: Los Angeles
Max Van Peebles .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill E. Anderson .... assistant wardrobe
George R. Bergeron .... assistant to costume designer (as George Bergeron)
Barbara Hause .... wardrobe supervisor (as Barbara J. Hause)
Beulah Jones-Black .... assistant to costume designer
Jane E. Myers .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Wade Bartlett .... assistant film editor
J. Kathleen Gibson .... first assistant editor
Jeff Gullo .... assistant film editor
Kevin Stitt .... additional editor
Kevin Stitt .... first assistant film editor
Ray Watson .... color timer
 
Music Department
George Jackson .... music supervisor
Doug McHenry .... music supervisor
Cassandra Mills .... soundtrack executive producer
Carl Zittrer .... supervising music editor
Abdul Malik Abbott .... music playback (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Francis Connolly Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Keenan Haight .... production driver
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... transportation captain (as James P. Whalen Jr.)
 
Other crew
Michael Alatriste .... production assistant
Flex Alexander .... assistant choreographer (as Flex)
Kimberly Allen .... production associate
Ellen Barrie Aaronson .... assistant production office coordinator
Brandon Bates .... assistant to producer
Michèle Boissière Armstrong .... assistant to producers (as Michèle R. Boissière)
Parnes Cartwright .... location manager
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Phillipa Davis .... production office secretary
Lyle Dickey .... craft service
R.W. Dixon .... location coordinator
Randy Fletcher .... production assistant
Barry Ford .... technical consultant
Patricia Ann Holmes .... production auditor (as Patricia Holmes)
Valerie Hughes .... production assistant
Tina Johnson .... assistant to producer
Janice Kambara .... production assistant
Eric Klein .... parking coordinator (as Eric Barry Klein)
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Janet Lonsdale .... assistant production auditor
Michael Mendelsohn .... banker/production financier
Nadia Ofuatey-Kodjoe .... craft service
Traci Proctor .... craft service
Kia B. Puriefoy .... production assistant (as Kia Puriefoy)
Lillian Pyles .... production office coordinator
Dawn Murphy Riley .... production office assistant (as Dawn Riley)
Paul Roach .... assistant: Mr. Van Peebles
Cornelia 'Nini' Rogan .... script supervisor (as Cornelia Rogan)
Philip Schnelwar .... technical consultant
Douy Swofford .... title designer
Rick Washburn .... weapons specialist
Dale Watkins .... assistant location coordinator
Roni Wheeler .... production assistant (as Roni Wheeler Poole)
Martin Whitfield .... production assistant
Grant Harper Reid .... location manager: second unit (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, drug content, sensuality and language
Runtime:
97 min | UK:101 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:MA (cable rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Canada:18A | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (cut) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:(Banned) (1991-2003) (cinema release) | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1991) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (No. 30929)

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The highest grossing independent feature of 1991.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Duh Duh Duh Man Is holding the guy off the bridge in the beginning you can hear the helicopter that is filming the scene.See more »
Quotes:
G-Money:I had my jimmy waxed every day last week!See more »
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Soundtrack:
(THERE YOU GO) TELLING ME NO AGAINSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Idolator! Your soul is required in hell!, 13 March 2013
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

New Jack City is directed by Mario Van Peebles (who also co-stars) and written by Thomas Lee Wright and Barry Michael Cooper. It stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Judd Nelson, Allen Payne, Chris Rock, Bill Nunn, Bill Cobbs and Michael Michele. Music is by Vassal Benford and Michael Colombier and cinematography by Francis Kenny.

New York City, 1986 and crack cocaine is the drug of choice and Nino Brown (Snipes) and his gang, the Cash Money Brothers, are building a violent empire and cornering the market. Enter streetwise cop Scotty Appleton (Ice-T) and loose cannon Nick Peretti (Nelson), who form an uneasy partnership willing to push the law's boundaries to bring Nino down…

The Black Scarface!

On narrative terms it's basically an urban modernisation of the Scarface story, the themes at work were nothing new back then, never mind in cinema post 1991. That it is predominantly an African American film caused many at the time to call it a Blaxploitation picture for the 90s set, which is unfair, because it has more on offer than that and doesn't shy away from the dramatics available with such a story. True, it isn't pulling up any trees or breaking new ground in the drug/crime order of cinema, but it's incendiary enough to be thrilling whilst never romanticising the lifestyle of the drug gang. It paints a stark world of a drug infested city populated by colourful gang members, hapless addicts and edgy coppers, all sound tracked by pulse pounding hip-hop beats.

This was Van Peebles' first big screen directing outing and it's a hugely impressive debut. So much so it begs the question on why his subsequent directing career has been something of a none event? Here he delves deep into the realm of neo-noir to provide the picture with many visual smarts and techniques. Backgrounds are often showing oblique angles, colour schemes such as garish greens feature in striking compositions, a flashing red light is used adroitly on a character's face as he struggles to hold his rage, a POV shot of a basketball and the opening of the film with a slow zoom in on a crime about to be committed on a bridge, these are just some of the flair tricks showcased by Peebles.

While some of the key characters that form Nino's gang are under developed, Peebles does garner a great performance out of Snipes and very good turns from Ice-T and Nelson. Snipes provides Brown with a sinister swagger, yet a charm exudes from him that makes it believable that people would be willing to be led by him. Ice and Nelson are a cool double act, both Scotty and Nick pulse with machismo but are equally flawed as characters. The other important character and performance is Pookie played by Rock, a reformed crack addict now helping the police. Peebles is unsubtle in his handling of the Pookie situation, but it strikes the requisite emotional chord and puts further dramatic worth into an already tense filled thriller.

It's not as revolutionary as was once heralded, there is some formula familiarity and the finale is telegraphed too easily, but this has energy and style to burn. Making it one of the leading lights of the drug crime sub-genre of neo-noir. It's a damn shame Peebles was never this good again. 8/10

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