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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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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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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)
Chris Thornton ... C.M.B. Member (uncredited)

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
Marc Fambro .... carpenter
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. .... 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 .... re-recording mixer (as Robert Thirwell)
Dan Wallin .... 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
 
Location Management
Parnes Cartwright .... location manager
R.W. Dixon .... location coordinator
Dale Watkins .... assistant location coordinator
Grant Harper Reid .... location manager: second unit (uncredited)
 
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)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Phillipa Davis .... production office secretary
Lyle Dickey .... craft service
Randy Fletcher .... production assistant
Barry Ford .... technical consultant
Patricia Ann Holmes .... production auditor (as Patricia Holmes)
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
Sam Mattingly .... publicist
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
Valerie Hughes Smith .... production assistant (as Valerie Hughes)
Douy Swofford .... title designer
Rick Washburn .... weapons specialist
Roni Wheeler .... production assistant (as Roni Wheeler Poole)
Martin Whitfield .... production assistant
 

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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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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:R18+ | Australia:MA15+ (cable rating) | Canada:18A | Finland:K-18 | France:12 | Germany:16 (cut) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | 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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Trivia:
In King of New York (1990), Wesley Snipes played one of two cops trying to take down a drug lord. In this film, he plays a drug lord and a pair of cops are trying to take him down.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Nino stabs Kareem, the dagger is in Kareem's hand in one shot, but next to his hand in another.See more »
Quotes:
Nino Brown:[Referring to his girlfriend] Cancel that bitch, I'll buy another one.See more »
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Soundtrack:
FOR THE LOVE OF MONEYSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Hasn't aged quite so gracefully, but then nothing this momentarily fly ever does., 27 January 2012
Author: oneguyrambling from Australia

When New Jack City was released I was fascinated by the characters and mesmerised by its power – I was also 17.

Now almost 20 years on I see some of the flaws and broad strokes used that detract a little from the effectiveness of the film, but it is still a pretty solid genre piece with a standout performance from Wesley Snipes in what turned out to be a career defining role.

A great opening sequence introduces us to Nino Brown on the job. It is 1986 and while Nino is already large he is not yet LAAAAAARRRRRGE! As he will be a little later on… Nino is the personification of hip-hop cool, he wears clothes that might be described as "fly", rocks several ostentatious gold chains and items of jewelry and almost always wears the obligatory early 90s Kangol hat. He also has a slick tongue and an ear for a quotable line.

Nino's is practically posse-less at this early stage but his right hand man Gee Money (Allen Payne) is already in place. On this day Gee Money brings something new to the conversation, a new drug named Crack that is apparently already creating a buzz in urban areas.

Nino devises a plan that sees the newly formed gang the CMB (Cash Money Brothers) take over an entire apartment building called the Carter in a low income area, using force where necessary. Once under their control they convert the whole building into a home base to run a high tech, organised drug selling premises, complete with employee uniforms and membership cards! The Carter rapidly becomes the hub of operations and a well known no-go zone in the local area… unless you're looking to score.

Fast forward three years to 1989 and crack rules, this time Nino is indeed LAAAAAARRRRRGE, and the CMB are runnin' thangs in a big way, but he has even greater aspirations.

Nino's escalation of operations sees himself get noticed by the Mafia who aren't too ecstatic with their decreasing market share, and the cops, who decide to take action… after only three years! A taskforce is built to take down the CMB – not much of a task force but a task force nonetheless. It is comprised of 4 guys and only three merit description aside from "the Asian guy who hardly talks". These three are leader Detective Stone (Mario Van Peebles), maverick black cop Scotty Appleton (Ice T) and maverick white cop Nick Peretti (Judd Nelson).

These three spend most of each day debating race and drugs, without ever seeming to think "Gee maybe if we take down the apartment building drug complex that might do some good".

As the cops escalate things by getting a reformed crack addict named Pookie (Chris Rock) to infiltrate the Carter and report back, tensions increase between power hungry Nino and former best bud Gee Money. It doesn't help things when a gold digging hoochie named Uniqua (I wish I made that up!) gets involved and strings both of them along by their zippers.

I'll leave the action there aside from mentioning that when an initial police operation fails things move quickly from there until the end, leading to some pretty ludicrous events.

New Jack City is quotable at times, but just as cringe worthy at others with some of the attempts at catchy lines falling very flat. The dialogue between cops is often most lamentable of all, which seems strange as Mevin Van Peebles plays lead detective Stone, and he directed the thing! In 1991 I had no idea just how broadly stereotyped the characters were, all Nino seems to do is play basketball and watch Scarface, and the less said about the Italian Mafia the better.

New Jack City hasn't dated like the flat top haircuts and formation dancing that both appear in the film, but certain scenes pop and Wesley Snipes puts in an over the top performance as the insanely confident and driven Nino Brown that serves as the centrepiece of the film.

Final Rating – 7.5 / 10. For a couple years I thought New Jack City was the best film ever… It isn't. But while it hasn't aged well it is still a solid pic with some memorable scenes and a great bad guy.

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