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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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 »


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

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17 January 1992 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,146,880 (USA)
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Omar Epps was a Senior in high school when the was cast as Q. He had been contemplating a singing career since he was a part of a group or an acting career. See more »

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After Q, Bishop and Raheem are driven away by the clerk, they run around the corner. When Steel arrives, Bishop has a cigarette in his hand. In the next shot the cigarette vanishes. See more »

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Bishop: [when Radames is running from the police] I think we lost them.
[shoots Radames]
Bishop: Riverside, motherfucker.
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You're Not Goin' Anywhere
Performed by Rawniggaz
Written by D. Michaeltine & B. Handsum
Lyrics by Scary Da Satanik Buztz & Doorclosing
Courtesy of God Bap Ltd., AEP Inc.
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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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