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Menace II Society (1993)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  26 May 1993 (USA)
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A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

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Caine
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Grocery Store Woman (as June Kyoko Lu)
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Grocery Store Man
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Anthony Johnson ...
Tony
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Pernell
Reginald Ballard ...
Clyde
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Karen Lawson
Eugene Lee ...
Man #1
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Man #2 (as James Pickins Jr.)
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Teacher (as Nancy Cheryl Davis)
Jullian Roy Doster ...
Anthony
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Ronnie (as Jada Pinkett)
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Storyline

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA. Written by Daniel Bredy <gt3655a@prism.gatech.edu>

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This is the truth. This is what's real.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Straßenkämpfer  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,900,000 (USA)
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New Line Cinema mandated that a platinum rapper be cast in the film and so MC Eiht was cast as A-Wax. See more »

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When Caine gets his car, the camera is reflected in a car window. See more »

Quotes

O-Dog: You got some money or not?
Basehead: Come on, man. You know I'm a little short. Hook me up, man.
O-Dog: Nigga, hook you up? Fuck outta here.
Basehead: Man, I got these cheeseburgers. They some double cheeseburgers.
O-Dog: Nigga, I just ate. I just ate. If you ain't got no money, you just assed out.
Basehead: [as O-Dog was leaving] Come on, man. I'll suck your dick, man.
O-Dog: The fuck you just said?
Basehead: I said I'll suck your dick, man. Come on now.
O-Dog: [shoots basehead] Suck on that, you bitch-ass trick.
[to A-Wax]
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Referenced in Men Behaving Badly: Jamie Needs a Kid (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

LICK DEM MUTHAPHUCKAS
Written by Lord Jamar (as L. DeChalus), Sadat X (as D. Murphy) and DJ Sincere (as T. Perry)
Performed by Brand Nubian
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
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This is what is!
17 August 2004 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

I saw this film the weekend it opened. At the time I was 33, a white male living in NYC. When I went to the theater, I noticed that most of the audience was Black and in their late teens. For some reason, they felt that this was a good "date" movie. When the movie began, and the Korean Grocery scene was presented, the audience went wild with comments like "Yeah, Yeah, Kill them!!". I must say I got a little nervous. But, as the movie progressed, I got absorbed in it. I liked Cane and I even liked O'Dog. When the movie ended, I started crying. I was embarassed. Then I noticed that the Black teenage guys around me were crying too. I applaud the Hughes Brothers for making a movie that is able to connect with so many people. I still cry while watching it on video. "Do you care if you live or die?"


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