|Page 1 of 2:|| |
|Index||13 reviews in total|
I would like to thank all of the fans and supporters of the the film;
it pleases me greatly that you got the message. I am a retired (South
Central L.A.) English teacher; I wrote the novel "South Central L.A.
Crips(the story of the L.A. Street gang, 1971-1985)" in 1986 as a roman
a clef (faction). "Deuce" was a euphemism for "Crip" (which was
censored in movies in 1991) It had become obvious to me that the old
canon of American literature would not inspire the will necessary to
become literate for Crips and Bloods and many other lower class African
Americans, so I interviewed hundreds of gangsters over a 4 year span
and wrote a book about them that would do the job. The movie "South
Central" was, initially, merely a vehicle to advertise the book and
promote the message of literacy. I used the book and the movie in my
curriculum for 12 years. Gangsters stole it out of my classroom and the
local libraries. I considered it an ironic tribute and an effective way
to distribute to the people who needed it the most. But, best of all,
L.A.'s gang murder epidemic has been subsiding ever since until it's
now lower than it has been in over 30 years. "South Central" was made
to save lives and I believe it has as "Variety" predicted when it came
out in the midst of over 1000 murders in 1992. I rushed it to the
screen (I signed a 6 month option w/Steve Anderson for $1)because I
knew there was a volcano about to erupt in South Central L.A. from
teaching 100's of gangsters in the area; I partnered w/Steve and Oliver
Stone because they had the sensitivity for the mission and skill to
make the film. Unfortunately, "South Central", though completed in
1991, was not released until the summer of 1992 after the South Central
L.A. Uprising which stigmatized it to the owners of theaters causing it
to go from a projected 1200 (approx.) screen opening to less than 100.
It was a big success immediately in video stores and on cable.
Hopefully, it will last as long as "Huckleberry Finn". I am not a
"Hollywood" writer; although I wrote the novel and collaborated on the
screenplay (for which I received no credit), I was not able to join the
WGA (I played Dr. King in the movie, so I am in SAG). However, I am
honored to have made the film; I, even, believe it is time to remake it
for today's audience. I would have liked to: keep it PG-13; eliminated
the N-word and profanity; used more of the slang from the
novel("h-nk-ball"?, "ginawagon"!, please); shown more of the L.A.
Islamic influence and local history, obviously Bobby (Jimmie Black in
the novel) is changed by copious reading like Malcolm X, and I, being a
devout Muslim, wanted to note the great work Muslims have done in
prisons (this, too, was pretty much anathema in 1991, but we sneaked it
in subliminally). I have written a sequel, "Inhale Gasoline & Gun Smoke
(the story of the L.A. Uprising)" which is probably too hot for
Hollywood but will eventually be made one way or another. I am
Executive Producer of SAB Productions and my film "Bilalian" shows on
BET's Black Stories every now and then. My new book is "N*GG*S-The
Black Curse", and completes my trilogy on South Central L.A.
As Salaamu Alaikum, Donald Bakeer P.S. 100% literacy for African Americans by 2010 (gangstas, too)!
This movie makes you care about its characters. This should be said about all films, but this one accomplishes it where others do not. The story revolves around a young man in South Central Los Angeles who is involved in a gang that is slowly making itself successful by selling drugs. He goes to jail after being convicted of shooting another gang lord. While in prison, his son grows up and is drawn by the romance and easy money of his father's old gang, and becomes involved as well. The story is a little over-simplistic, and the dialogue is a bit thin at times. But the director and cast rise to the challenge and turn this into a film about relationships and philosophy, rather than going for the easy solution of shooting off as many guns as possible. The ending is one of the most sappy we've seen in a while (just a bit too much 'Mom and apple pie'), but given the situation you are willing to go with it. While it's not perfect, this film ultimately works -- which is better than 95% of this genre.
I just wanna say that I caught the last hour of the movie, I have no idea
how it started but I was watching the DVD lady Jane and I paused to see
what's on TV and there it was, South Central, and I watched the part in
prison where Ali defends his friend from the mob inside by giving them what
they need from cigarettes and services in return to stay away from the black
The encounter between Ali and boy's father where he describes what happened
to his son was the most powerful scene I've seen in any movie, it brought me
literarly to tears. Another strong scene was the final 5 minutes, I'll let
you discover it for yourselves because you'll be blown away, I don't know
why the reating is so little in quantity and in quality, I'm giving it a
9/10 for its strong performances and also a great theme where it touches the
source of Black gang violence and how a small corrupted group can effect the
whole community, on the other hand also how a corrupted gang member can also
be saved by a strong willful cultured person like Ali.
Great Movie, a must see...
This movie was filmed around the time of the Rodney King riots that ripped South Central Los Angeles. Let's face it, the heart and soul of Los Angeles isn't Hollywood. It's the people like in this movie who try to make living, earnestly, honestly, and respectively. Sadly, this film is still realistic to the plight of urban problems. I spent a lot of time in one of the great urban cities of the East Coast and the problems of poverty, the lure of leading drug dealing lives is real and tempting, domestic violence, child abuse, gangs, etc. still exist and will exist much to the attempts of prevention or society ignoring their presence. Anyway, this film is truly about the heart and soul of a city of ten million Angelenos and the father's attempt to save his son from a life of crime, violence, death, and drugs in the city. It's not an easy battle.
SOuth Central was a gripping drama about a former gang member who has to
decide between being a daddy and being a gangster. He rolls with the
crowd and gets caught up, BAD MOVE! NOt to spoil the film for those who
haven't seen it I'll just leave it at that.
THe direction was fluid and well executed. S. Anderson brings the viewer into the scene and captures the moment with sheer brilliance. THe only two acting performances even worth mentioning were Glenn Plumber's and Byron Minns's. The supporting performances where sub-par but good writing rescued them from seeming cheezy.
I enjoyed South Central. It made my collection and I recommend it for yours.
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.
This is a very good movie and a realistic view of south central at the time. I lived there and this is one of the few movies that showed a realistic view of life. Glenn Plummer should get more props for his acting. Some parts of this movie touched a lot of us on the streets, the acting is great. This movie laid the foundation for other popular hood movies like boyz n da hood and others, but it is much more than a hood movie it takes you through the struggles of life on the streets and how sometimes you can't help the situation that you're in. It tells of a man who had a messed up childhood, and who had to get his life together to save his son from the same hardships that he had growing up without a dad.It ends up being a true love story.. the love between a real father and his son.
We need more positive movies like south central
by - ladygee627 7 minutes ago (Mon Mar 28 2005 10:34:50)
We need more positive movies like south central. The part of Ali played by Carl Lumbly was so touching, sincere, and genuine. He actually made Bobby Johnson change his life for the better. Nurse Shelby brought out emotions in Bobby Jr. Emotions Bobby didn't know he had in him just by a mere act of kindness of nurse Shelby playing table tennis and spending quality time with him, time that his own mother never gave him.
It's the simply things that counts in life that we need to express in our Movies, our music and in our everyday lives.
This is truly a must see movie!
I give it a 10 & A+
It's the summer 1982. Bobby Johnson (Glenn Plummer) leaves jail to
reconnect with Ray Ray, Bear and Loco. Ray Ray wants to get rid of
smackman Genie Lamp and build his gang The Deuces. Bobby suspects that
his baby mama Carole has been with Genie. Bobby kills Genie and gets
put away in prison. Ray Ray becomes a rich gang leader and he gets
Bobby's son Jimmie working for him. In prison, drug addicted Loco tells
Bobby about Ray Ray's self serving ways. When Jimmie gets shot, Bobby
blames Ray Ray and leaves the Deuces. He takes up with Muslim Ali (Carl
Lumbly) and tries to straighten out his life. In the hospital, Jimmie
is befriended by nurse Shelly.
The story is functional urban gang crime drama. The production is lower grade. Director Stephen Milburn Anderson doesn't have much cinematic style. The acting is generally good with some bad exceptions. There are a few too many incidents of over-acting. The plot is uninspired without any surprises. It's not particularly special.
Well intentioned but not brilliant urban drama focused on the live of a young black gang member (Plummer) who goes to prison for ten years and, after been released, tries hard to protect his only son against the bad influence of his ex - partners in crime. The movie is predictable and although sometimes gripping, the overcome is clearly inferior when compared with other movies of the same genre. Anyway, Plummer and Dupree are good in their roles. I give this a 5 (five).
|Page 1 of 2:|| |
|External reviews||Parents Guide||Plot keywords|
|Main details||Your user reviews||Your vote history|