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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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A flawed crime drama, but it has some things going for it. See more (73 total) »

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)

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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first words heard in the film, when the studio logo appears on the screen, "You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge," which is the opening line of the N.W.A. song "Straight Outta Compton." This is odd because that's a West Coast song and this film is set in New York City.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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:
[last lines]
Old Man:Idolater! Your soul is required in hell!
[Shoots Nino]
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Movie Connections:
References The Godfather (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
NEW JACK HUSTLER (NINO'S THEME)See more »

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A flawed crime drama, but it has some things going for it., 10 July 2006
Author: johnnyboyz from Hampshire, England

New Jack City is a pretty standard affair which tackles the drug problem which plagues America's streets, more so during the time that this film is set, that being the late 1980's. It delivers it in such a way that you just know there are some flaws abound yet pin pointing them is a pretty hard thing to do, this is probably why the film seems to have such a love/hate relationship with most people, hence the films mediocre rating of about 'average'.

One thing is for sure, and this glares throughout, is the sloppy editing this film has. It's quick, disorientating, dodgy montage editing technique which crops up now and again is a throw back to what poor edit jobs on television programmes were like and now and again, the camera seems to cut away a little too quickly when someone is giving a line of dialogue; this was very frustrating as just a little bit of lingering camera now and again would have made the film a little more atmospheric. At times, it felt a little like a music video given the chorus of song that sometimes some characters burst into. This was another little annoying flaw which cropped up two or three times. This is a shame as the film had rolled along fairly nicely.

Another thing was the characters themselves. Everyone just seemed to be a little too 'whiney'. They were all too scared to stand up to everybody else, and this included Snipes' character (The so-called black Tony Montana) who really only agreed and went with the flow throughout. Nobody really seemed to actually take charge of the whole set up and authority was only really drilled home after exactly an hour on the clock when, during a scene involving everyone involved, Nino Brown (Snipes) pierces someone's hand with some sort of hidden ice pick he has built into his cane. This was a shame as a shocking; violent scene like this earlier on in the film would have worked wonders and would have punched home any doubts we might have over Brown not being the man to lead this operation we've been introduced to.

I didn't like the construction of some of the scenes, either. This fault is twinned with the bad editing (already mentioned) and one in particular is with the relative ease in which Brown's gang manages to take over a multi storey building. This was early on in the film and this was another chance to stamp some ruthlessness and authority into the film, particularly once again with the character of Nino Brown. The odd execution or anything else the writers could have come up with that Brown maybe would have done would have been most welcome, however instead of good crime film conventions we get sloppy editing with the siege over in a flash as well as a bad hierarchy montage. It's also about as bloodthirsty as an episode of 'Barney the Dinosaur'. This is also a shame as this was a good chance for an action scene of some sort, following on from the good chase scene at the very start of the film.

One other thing was the rather forceful and abrupt message at the end which wasn't too well timed given we're not NEARLY given enough time to catch our breath from the films climax. A pause, some better music and then the title would have done. What's the rush?

Apart from these things, the acting from the police characters; including the internal feud between two of them and the whole involvement of a rehabilitated character joining in was good and was used well to create some suspense in the film, most notably the drug factory scene, even if his behaviour WAS a little unprofessional. I can see why this spring boarded Snipes' career as there are some things going for it but I couldn't give it a second watch so soon after the first and not everyone will like this film but if you go into it knowing of these few flaws I've talked about, it could be a very entertaining crime drama.

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