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)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Questão de Respeito  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,146,880 (USA)
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Trivia

Tupac Shakur would invite people around Harlem during production in this trailer and hang out with them trying to reach them personally according to co-star Kalil Kain. See more »

Goofs

When Raheem walks over to take the gun from Bishop a gun can be seen in Bishop's left pocket. Bishop then pulls out a second gun from behind him with his right hand. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Kid: Yo, you got the juice now, man.
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Referenced in Chappelle's Show: Episode #2.1 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Be Afraid
Written by Aaron Hall, Hank Shocklee, Gary G-Wiz and Floyd F. Fisher
Performed by Aaron Hall
Produced by Hank Shocklee and Gary G-Wiz
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Tupac's best performance
3 January 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This is a hip-hop classic that I could definitely relate to being from NYC, and having been in a click of four friends since grade school. The film has a great pace and rhythm from start to finish, never a dull moment. Tupac displayed the raw talent and anger that resides in most inner city youth who simply want respect. Unfortunately respect came at a price, which the film was precisely able to convey, through strong performances by Tupac, and by Omar Epps, as the aspiring DJ, in their first featured roles. Samuel L. Jackson has a noticeable role as a pool hall owner, and young Queen Latifah does her thing as the Ruffhouse MC. Ernest Dickerson does an excellent job with capturing the energy of Harlem in an honest way, not dressed as a stereo-typical slum or focused on the historic 125th street, but neutral to lay the groundwork for the true challenges that living in Harlem has to offer these four young men. A classic!!


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