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Writer (WGA):
Barry Michael Cooper (written by)
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Release Date:
25 February 1994 (USA) See more »
He wanted power. He wanted revenge. Now he just wants out.
Hardened, uncomprimising drug dealer Roemello Skuggs decides to quit his scumbag profession so he may start a new life with his girlfriend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Wesley Snipes ... Roemello Skuggs

Khandi Alexander ... Ella Skuggs

DeVaughn Nixon ... Raynathan (Age 11)
Marquise Wilson ... Roemello (Age 10)

O.L. Duke ... Tutty

Clarence Williams III ... A.R. Skuggs

Abe Vigoda ... Gus Molino
Anthony Thomas ... Worker

Michael Wright ... Raynathan Skuggs
John Pittman ... Lucky

Steve Harris ... Ricky Goggles (as Steve J. Harris)
Michael Guess ... Y.G. (Young Gun)

Kimberly Russell ... Chantal (as Kimberly Russel)

Theresa Randle ... Melissa
Abdul Mutakabbir ... Bouncer
Yusaf Ramadan ... Bouncer
Karl Johnson ... Bouncer

Andre Lamal ... Martin David

Dulé Hill ... Roemello Skuggs (Age 17)

Sam Gordon ... Raynathan (Age 18)

Larry Joshua ... Harry Molino
Raymond Serra ... Sal Marconi

Frank Ferrara ... Sal's Bodyguard

Donald Faison ... Kymie Damiels
Bryan Clark ... Dean
Lord Michael Banks ... Nigerian
Alex Brown ... Nigerian #2 (as Alex A. Brown)

Joe Dallesandro ... Tony Adamo

Ernie Hudson ... Lolly Jonas
Nick Corello ... Coco

Leslie Uggams ... Doris Holly
Natalie Venetia Belcon ... Lynette (as Natalie Belcon)

Brenden Jefferson ... Kid
Denetria Champ ... Diva
Phyromn Taylor ... Preacher

Sam Bottoms ... Oliver Thompson
Maria R. Kelly ... Coco's Girlfriend (as Maria Kelley)

Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Mark Doby

Directed by
Leon Ichaso 
Writing credits
Barry Michael Cooper (written by)

Produced by
Marc Abraham .... executive producer
Armyan Bernstein .... executive producer
Greg Brown .... producer
Rudy Langlais .... producer
Steven R. McGlothen .... line producer
Tom Rosenberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
Cinematography by
Bojan Bazelli (director of photography) (as Bojan Bazeli)
Film Editing by
Gary Karr 
Casting by
Mary Gail Artz 
Barbara Cohen 
Production Design by
Michael Helmy 
Art Direction by
Jay Jergensen  (as J. Jergensen)
Set Decoration by
Kathryn Peters 
Costume Design by
Eduardo Castro 
Makeup Department
Clifford Booker .... key hair stylist
Cat'Ania McCoy-Howze .... key/2nd makeup artist
Laini Thompson .... makeup department head
Production Management
Steven R. McGlothen .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randy Carter .... first assistant director
Steven R. McGlothen .... second unit director
Art Department
Kenneth Albanese .... construction coordinator
Tommy Allen .... property master
Skye Bailey .... assistant art director
Marc Berline .... carpenter
Michael Biggie .... painter
Kyung W. Chang .... assistant art director
Andrea Dopaso .... assistant art director
Chris Anthony Miller .... leadman (as Chris Miller)
Elaine O'Donnell .... set decorator: New York
Dennis Riewerts .... draper
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Ricardo Broadus .... sound effects editor
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Gedemer .... sound editor
Malcolm Morris .... sound mixer
Adrian Rollins .... sound utility
Andy Rovins .... boom operator
Cathie Speakman .... adr editor
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Howard 'Stick' Baines .... stunt player: New York (as Howard Baines)
Tony Brubaker .... stunt coordinator: Los Angeles
Andy Duppin .... stunt player: New York (as Andrew Dupin)
Joe Fitos .... stunt player: New York
Jeff Habberstad .... stunt coordinator: Los Angeles
Maria R. Kelly .... stunt player: Los Angeles (as Maria Kelley)
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunt player: New York (as Jalil Lynch)
Bob Minor .... stunt player: Los Angeles
Rita Minor .... stunt player: Los Angeles
Michael Russo .... stunt coordinator: New York (as Mike Russo)
Marcus Salgado .... fight consultant
Gregg Smrz .... stunt player: New York (as Greg Smerz)
Jeff Ward .... stunt player: New York
Camera and Electrical Department
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
Brian Bellamy .... grip
Tony Brown .... grip
Joseph V. Cicio .... first assistant camera (as Joe Cicio)
Greg Fausak .... grip
Doug Foote .... second assistant camera: New York
Michael Gallart .... dimmer board operator
Michael Gallart .... gaffer: New York
Terry Graves .... camera loader
Loren Hillebrand .... dolly grip
John Holmes .... second assistant camera
David Lee .... still photographer
Henry Lynk .... camera operator
John Joseph Minardi .... best boy grip (as John Joseph Menardi)
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... gaffer (as Tony Nako)
Melvin Pukowsky .... grip: Los Angeles
Randy Ratliff .... key grip
Bobby Thomas .... grip
Casting Department
Winsome Sinclair .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Michael Belling .... second assistant editor
Terrie Berlin .... second assistant editor
Alessandra Carlino .... apprentice editor
Kelley Dixon .... assistant editor
Nicole Smith .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Pilar McCurry .... executive soundtrack producer
Pilar McCurry .... music supervisor
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Glenn Midcap .... transportation coordinator
Robert J. Young .... driver
Other crew
Mitchell Bell .... production coordinator
Isabelle Kostic Crosley .... location scout
Mary Montiforte .... production controller
Larry Pearson .... location manager
Grant Harper Reid .... location assistance (as Grant Reid)
Carrie Seeley .... assistant: Mr. Snipes
Barbara Thaxton .... script supervisor
Robyn Von Arx .... production assistant
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator
Marni Wilkens .... location production assistant
Sam Montiforte .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Pam O'Har .... location manager (uncredited)
Lynn M. van Kuilenburg .... assistant location manager (uncredited)

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Rated R for intense drug related violence, graphic heroin use and strong language
123 min
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After appearing in a string of action films, Wesley Snipes wanted to take on a different, more dramatic role. Having worked with screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper on "New Jack City", he read the script and was immediately drawn to the central role.See more »
Boom mic visible: Several times during the movie, a boom mic can be seen coming into the screen.See more »
Roemello Skuggs:Look Lolly, I think we need to call a truce. You don't hit my men, I won't hit yours. You don't hurt my brother... and I won't take your whole family. We'll work it out so you can get a piece of the action. Ok, chump? I mean champ. My word is bond.See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"Jazzy & Slick .".. Snipes at his dramatic best, 1 February 2006
Author: MikeSmash from U.S.

"Sugar Hill" tells the story of two Harlem drug-dealing brothers, Romello & Ray Nathan Skuggs, who struggle to stay on top of their chosen profession as well as their relationship with drug-addicted father Arthur Romello Skuggs(Clarence Williams III). Romello realizes that his life has gone in the wrong direction & that he wants out, to honor his deceased mother's wishes for him.

Ray Nathan(Michael Wright), heir apparent to the drug ring, wants to get rid of the competition & rule Harlem with his younger brother. Romello(Wesley Snipes), fed up & idealistic, wants out of the drug business & is looking to start over with new girlfriend Melissa(Theresa Randle). Scared of becoming a target, Melissa wants nothing to do with Romello who convinces her to leave with him. Romello tries to bring together a bitter Ray Nathan & strung-out druggie Arthur to no avail. Romello forgave his father for the past & desires Ray Nathan to reconcile before its too late. Ray Nathan is still angry with his father for the death of junkie mother Ella Skuggs. Romello finally convinces Melissa to be with him & leave to begin a new life together. Romello wants only to take Ray Nathan, Arthur, Melissa & himself back to the South to start over & away from the drug & street life.

The problem: Gus(Abe Vigoda), an old Italian drug lord & Lolly(Ernie Hudson), new drug dealer & ex boxing champ, want the brothers out of the way as well as their territories in the drug trade. Gus has a history with Arthur Romello & makes Romello aware of it. Gus told Romello that his father killed his brother Sal many years ago. Lolly kills fellow dealer & best friend Ricky Goggles(Steve Harris) as a warning to Romello & Ray Nathan. Ray Nathan in turn murders one of Gus's men. Lolly calls in a hit on Romello but kills a local wannabe gangster Kymie Daniels(Donald Faison). Romello tells Gus he is out of the game & prepares to leave with Melissa. Ray Nathan kills Arthur by giving him a overdosed shot of heroin. Ray next goes to Gus & Lolly to concede but instead kills them in the restaurant. Ray Nathan then runs into Romello & tells him he killed their father. The two argue with Ray Nathan accidentally shooting Romello with Melissa watching in horror. The film ends with Romello sitting in a wheelchair with Melissa & son living in the South, starting life anew.

A good film with a very tragic ending. Unbelievable scene where Arthur(Williams III)overdoses while Ray Nathan watches in horror & shame. The realism of Arthur's overdose is unforgettable & wreaks of solid acting talent. This film does little to glorify drug dealers & rightfully so. No Nino Browns to despise this time!! Check it out.

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