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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)
Toshi Toda ...
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 <gt3655a@prism.gatech.edu>

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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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Spice 1 was originally cast as Caine Lawson. See more »


In the beginning of the movie, Tat fires off eight rounds from a six-shot revolver. See more »


Caine: My father sold dope and my mother was a heroin addict. Moms and Pops were real popular in the neighborhood. They would always be giving parties for friends of theirs who just got out of jail or was on their way to jail. They only got married 'cause I was born. My pop sometimes worked as an electrician or a cab driver or a plumber, but his main job was selling drugs. Sometimes Mom would use 'em all up before he could even sell 'em. Then he'd have to beat her up. Growing up with parents like that...
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Referenced in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) See more »


Written by Too $hort (as T. Shaw), Ant Banks (as A. Banks), R. Gooden, S. Jordon,
M. Hampton
Performed by Too $hort
Courtesy of Jive 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 definitely the best "Ghetto Gangsta"-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 gangsta, 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 trys 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 do in this strange world of drugs, violence and poverty.

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

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