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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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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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Five Year Old Caine
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Pernell
Reginald Ballard ...
Clyde
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Karen Lawson
Eugene Lee ...
Man #1
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Teacher (as Nancy Cheryl Davis)
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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 | Thriller

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

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26 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Die Straßenkämpfer  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

There was a scene cut from the final film because the actor in it was being "too gangster" and had no story that relates to the film. See more »

Goofs

Before the drive-by shooting at the end of the film, Illena's cousin is seen loading the clip of his Uzi machine gun. He then puts in the clip backwards, with the bullets pointing towards the back of the gun. See more »

Quotes

[Caine Lawson reflecting after being shot]
Caine: After stomping on Ilena's cousin like that, I knew I was gonna have to deal with that fool someday. Damn! I never thought he'd come back like this, blasting. Like I said, it was funny like that in the hood sometimes. I mean you never knew what was gonna happen or when. I've done too much to turn back, and I've done too much to go on. I guess in the end it all catches up with you. My grandpa asked me one time if I care whether I live or die. Yeah, I do. ...
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Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

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FLY AWAY
Written by V. Herbert, K. Griffin
Performed by Hi-Five
Courtesy of Jive Records
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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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