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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
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.)
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Teacher (as Nancy Cheryl Davis)
Jullian Roy Doster ...
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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ghetto | high school | street | party | blood | See more »

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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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Release Date:

26 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Menace II Society  »

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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

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

[Caine bursts into a car in a fast food drive-through lane]
Caine: I want your motherfuckin' Daytons and your motherfuckin' stereo. And I'll take a double burger with cheese.
Car-jack Victim: What?
Caine: Motherfucker, order my motherfuckin' food!
Voice of fast food employee: Hi, may I take your order, please?
Car-jack Victim: Yeah, uh, let me have a double burger, uh, some fries...
Caine: Motherfucker, I said with cheese, nigga!
Car-jack Victim: Shit! (Speaking into microphone) Yo, uh, make that a double burger with cheese.
Caine: See, y'all would've made me shoot your stupid ass over nothing.
Car-jack Victim: Hey, ...
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Connections

References Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE
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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powerfully good
28 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Extremely brutal, but gripping and compelling story of a volatile, alienated young teenager (Turner) growing up in the violent atmosphere of the L.A. Watts District and—against the advice of family and friends—makes no effort to transcend the harshness and ignorance of his surroundings, instead choosing to head down a dead-end path. Violent, almost unbearable at times, but faultlessly acted by the cast, and filled with powerful, authentic scenes. Tate is an absolute powerhouse as Turner's younger, impulsive, and extremely cold-blooded pal. Obviously not for all tastes, but a monumental achievement regardless, thanks to a superior cast of actors. ***½


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