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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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Five Year Old Caine
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Pernell
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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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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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26 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Die Straßenkämpfer  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$27,900,000 (USA)
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Spice 1 was originally cast as Caine Lawson. See more »

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Before he beats up Chauncy at Ronnie's party, Caine asks O-Dog for his gun. O-Dog hands Caine his Glock. However, when the beating starts and Caine is pistol-whipping Chauncy, the gun has become a Beretta 92F. See more »

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[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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TRIGGA GOTS NO HEART
Written by Spice 1 (as R.L. Green, Jr.), E-A-Ski (as S. Adams) and M. Ogleton
Performed by Spice 1
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Menacingly Powerful, and Gritty Urban Drama
16 September 2005 | by (someplace) – See all my reviews

Menace II Society is much more than your typical hood movie. It tells the story of young Caine Lawson, a teen growing up in Watts, California.

The opening briefly shows Caine getting caught up in a grocery store shooting with his friend. This was a chilling way to open the movie, as it shows how easy it is for someone in the ghetto to get caught up in the moment and kill someone. During the opening credits, we see footage of the Watts riots that took place during the 60's. Caine narrates the story of his life, explaining how after the riots, drugs came into effect, and affected his home life as a child. After loosing his parents on at the hands of drugs, he was sent to live with his Grandparents. His Grandparents love him, but they struggled to raise him and tried their hardest to keep him out of trouble.

Not too long into the movie, after we learn about Caine's early life, we see him graduate from High School. He hopes to leave the life of violence that surrounds him in his neighborhood. After falling victim to a violent car jacking, he is brought into violence and crime himself. As the story progresses, and things spiral downward for Caine, he ends up in a hell of a jam and tries to make a way out of it all.

This is an incredible movie. It perfectly balances the ugly crime life and murder of tough inner city neighborhoods, Caine's own personal troubles, police brutality, and drugs.

This is a powerful movie with a great story. It has a good message, but in some ways, I thought the film Boyz N the Hood showed the message in a better way. Menace II Society is more focused on the crime involved in inner cities, where as Boyz N the Hood focuses more on the family life of the characters.

This is an excellent film that you should see if you ever get the chance. It has a good message, and it has some very moving moments in it.

If you enjoyed this, I also recommend Boyz N the Hood, and you'll probably enjoy the Wayans brothers' spoof, Don't be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.


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