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Menace II Society (1993)

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
Brandon Hammond ...
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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Man #2 (as James Pickins Jr.)
Nancy Cheryll Davis ...
Teacher (as Nancy Cheryl Davis)
Jullian Roy Doster ...
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 | Thriller

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

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Larenz Tate grew up on Chicago's Westside, which is controlled by the Vice Lords street gang. At the scene where he enters Cain's grandparents home, he subtly throws up the "5" when shaking Cain's hand. See more »

Goofs

When Cain first meets Illena, he parks his car behind hers, blocking her in. The scene switches to the barbecue where A-Wax and Stacy see Cain talking to Illena. When the scene switches back to Cain and Illena, Cain's car is no longer behind hers. See more »

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Caine: I seen lotsa people killed before, but I ain't never done it myself. I mean, I never had a reason to. But when they killed my cousin, I knew I was gonna kill them.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1993 (1994) See more »

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Written by Smooth, C. Stokes
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The Best Hood Film I Have Ever Seen
9 October 2004 | by (C-Town) – See all my reviews

If you like action dramas, this is definitely the film for you. I have watched this film several times since I bought it, and I don't do that with many movies. It shows what it is really like for teenagers growing up in the ghetto.

The movie takes place in LA, where Caine, O-Dog, Sharif, and the rest of they're crew trying to grow up in the Ghetto without getting shot. It deals with everything that is happening in the world with teens in the hood: Pregnancy, Drive-by's, Drug Addiction, and many other things.

What I like about this film, is that it is exactly what it's supposed to be. It does not show people getting shot every 2 minutes and showing the kids smoking weed in every scene, because it's not like that in real life. This shows exactly how everything goes down. Nothing more, nothing less.

Check it out. You can get it at Wal-Mart for a good price.


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