Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".

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Cast

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Q
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Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins ...
Steel (as Jermaine Hopkins)
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Yolanda
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Radames
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Brian (as George O. Gore)
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Q's Mother
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Keesha (as Idina Harris)
Victor Campos ...
Quiles
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Frank
Sharon Cook ...
Record Store Clerk
Darien Berry ...
Blizzard
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Storyline

4 Harlem teens, Q, Bishop, Raheem and Steel, are out skipping school one day when they find out an old friend was killed in a shootout at a bar. After this, Bishop tells his friends that they have no respect, or juice. To get some, they rob a corner grocery store, but things take an unexpected turn. Only the four friends know what happened, but one of them is out for himself. Written by Stevenson

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Power. Respect. Juice. How far would you go to get it? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, and for some violence | See all certifications »

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17 January 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Questão de Respeito  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,146,880 (USA)
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Trivia

Oran 'Juice' Jones (Snappy Nappy Dugout) is most famous for his 1986 Grammy-nominated hit "The Rain". See more »

Goofs

After the scene in which Q, Bishop, Steele and Raheem had the altercation with Radames and his crew, they ran around the corner and Bishop lit up a cigarette and the very next shot, he has no cigarette and his hands are in his pockets. Then he takes a drag off Raheem's cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Trip: Thought you'd be lookin' for transportation outta town by now.
Q: Trip, man. You gotta tell me what's goin' on.
Trip: You done slid down a razor blade and landed in an alcohol river. Word is you killed Raheem. And Quillis. And Radames.
Q: That's bullshit, man! You know me better than that!
Trip: I don't know that.
Q: C'mon, Trip, you known me since I was a kid.
Trip: I known a lotta killers since they was kids.
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Features White Heat (1949) See more »

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Pump Me Up
Written by James Avery, Robert Reed, Tony Fischer
Performed by Bobby Torres
Courtesy of Ackee Music, Inc., Maxx Kidd's Music, Hugabut Music
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Gritty, hard-boiled streets drama

Top performances from Epps and Shakur make this film watchable, the story a fairly mundane one of street youth gangs drifting into crime in search of kicks, streetcred and "juice" (or power). Shakur is the nutter who leads the way on a downward spiral, eager to get involved in any crazy venture and leading his more cautious friends down with him, Epps the good kid hoping to escape the ghetto life through his DJing skills. Uniformly good acting especially from the two leads, cameos from Queen Latifah and Samuel L. Jackson, tense atmosphere and a funny, slang-heavy script all act in its favour, but a lack of originality and a rather mediocre ending bring it down a notch or two. Worth a look if it's your scene though.


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