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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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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
Eric Payne ...
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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Taglines:

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)  »

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Авторитет  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,146,880 (USA)
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Trivia

Tocadisco's song "Nobody (Likes The Records That I Play)" is based on a sample (spoken by Queen Latifah) from this film. See more »

Goofs

The character "Q" records a demo of his scratching routine in his bedroom. When he goes to the audition and his tape is played it is different from the version he recorded in his room. It is a bit longer and the scratches are more complex. See more »

Quotes

Bishop: [to Steel at the video game] One, if I lose, I'm gonna beat that ass. Two, if I lose, I'm gonna beat that ass. So pop two quarters in, pop tart, and let's get this game on, I'll be gettin' that ass!
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Referenced in Private Parking (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

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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