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Menace II Society (1993)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grocery Store Woman (as June Kyoko Lu)
Grocery Store Man
Anthony Johnson ...
Brandon Hammond ...
Five Year Old Caine
Reginald Ballard ...
Karen Lawson
Eugene Lee ...
Man #1
Man #2 (as James Pickins Jr.)
Teacher (as Nancy Cheryl Davis)
Jullian Roy Doster ...
Ronnie (as Jada Pinkett)


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 <>

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


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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$3,500,000 (estimated)


$27,900,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The Clifton Powell and Ian Davids scene where Chauncy receives information about a car to steal had to be dubbed by the actors due to air traffic. See more »


After the party in the beginning of the movie, everyone decides to go to Jack in the Box. When O-Dog, Keesha and A-Wax get gas, you could see Jack in the Box behind them, but when Caine and Harold get shot, they are further down the street. See more »


Caine: Went into the store just to get a beer. Came out an accessory to murder and armed robbery. It's funny like that in the hood sometimes. You never knew what was gonna happen, or when. After that I knew it was gonna be a long summer.
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Written by Dwayne P. Wiggins (as D. Wiggins), E. "Kenya" Baker, F. Busby
Performed by Kenya Gruv
Kenya Gruv appears courtesy of
Boomcity Records/Mercury Records
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One of the best movies in 1993
17 October 2004 | by (Bad Homburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Menace 2 Society is in my opinion the best "Ghetto Gangster"-Movie of all time. So powerful, so strong. Perfectly showing the hard life young black people go through in the ghetto. The main-characters are Caine, and O-Dog. Caine, is not the typical gangster, he had a very hard childhood, with a dealer as father and a junkie as mother, but he doesn't want to live this kind of live and tries to change it. O-Dog is the opposite, a young man who's afraid of nothing and always has trouble with the justice. The movie shows us the road that both, including there friends pass in this strange world of drugs, violence.

The best film the Hugh-Brother ever made, simply a must see, you will love it!!!

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