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)
Toshi Toda ...
Grocery Store Man
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Anthony Johnson ...
Tony
Brandon Hammond ...
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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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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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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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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Spice 1 was originally cast as Caine Lawson. See more »

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Reflected in the security mirror as O-Dog drags the lady into the back room. See more »

Quotes

Tony: [after Tat Lawson shoots Man #2] The fuck you trippin' off of?
Tat Lawson: Do you owe me some money, motherfucker?
Tony: [Tosses Tat Lawson some cash] Hell no! But here you go!
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References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

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ATOMIC DOG
Written by George Clinton (as George Clinton Jr.), Garry Shider (as Gary M. Shider) and David L. Spradley
Performed by George Clinton
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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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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