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South Central (1992)

A man is sent to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop crime but his son has now followed the criminal path of his father.

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(screenplay) (as Steve Anderson), (book)
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Lexie Bigham ...
Bear (as Lexie D. Bigham)
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Loco
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Kevin Best ...
Genie Lamp
Big Daddy Wayne ...
Henchman (as 'Big Daddy' Wayne)
Allan Hatcher ...
Baby Jimmie
Alvin Hatcher ...
Baby Jimmie
Baldwin C. Sykes ...
Ken Dog
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Girl in Club (as Rana Mack)
Diane Manzo ...
Undercover Cop
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Detective
Christian Coleman ...
Leonard Boyles ...
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A man is sent to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop crime but his son has now followed the criminal path of his father. Written by Volker Boehm

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A child's chance to escape anger and injustice begins with one man...His father.

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Rated R for gang violence, and for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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18 September 1992 (USA)  »

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Al sur de Los Ángeles  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,373,196
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Bobby: Oh, now you going to preach to me, right?
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Just a Touch of Love
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The film is "serious" and well intentioned, telling a heart-breaking story with a valid message.
22 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Though the film is "serious" and well intentioned, telling a heart-breaking story with a valid message, its impact is considerably weakened by a naïve story-line and a undistinguished screen-play. I hunted around to see if this was "based on a true story", like "The Birdman of Alcatraz", but I found no evidence; that might have excused some of the awkwardness. There are some movingly warm scenes, though I was never groping for a kleenex. It reminded me of one of those Worthy Westerns I watched as a kid, where the bad guy meets a good guy/woman who changes his life: it had too many predictable and not totally credible steps. When, at the end, the hoodlum about to shoot him says, "Prison sure turned you stoopid!", I was inclined to agree. He talked his way out of the jam, but only because the narrative demanded it: his speech would never have convinced me, any more than Eli's words in the prison cell would have made me turn over a new leaf. These key "speeches" lacked any eloquence, and I frequently found myself predicting the dialogue. Nevertheless its best moments, especially the confrontations, are really gripping - until the end, that is, when it's too easy to foresee that no harm will come to anyone and Good will prevail. It's unfashionable and courageous to give such a story a happy ending (cf. "La Haine", where the vicious circle of hate is NOT broken and a bleak future is foreseen), and perhaps its optimism speaks more deeply to audiences in the States.


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