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Menace II Society (1993)

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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)
Grocery Store Man
Anthony Johnson ...
Brandon Hammond ...
Five Year Old Caine
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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This is the truth. This is what's real.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Straßenkämpfer  »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$27,900,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


O-Dog: I'll be larger then that nigga Steven Seagal I'll be a big-ass-movie-star, shit.
A-Wax: Yeah that shit was cool, but I would have it done much better - it's all about A-wax.
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Written by DJ Quik (as D. Blake), R. Bacon
Performed by DJ Quik
Courtesy of Profile Records Inc.
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Shockingly Perfect
30 August 2004 | by (Berkeley, California, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is so good, I remember specifically the first time I saw it.

I was 17 years old, hanging out with friends, doing the things 17 year olds and the characters in the movie do, in a friend's backyard. On our way out to a movie theater, I ran up to the entertainment room to grab my jacket. As I entered, I heard the first line of "Menace" from a television which had been left on. In the 30 seconds it took me to put on my jacket, I was drawn into the flick.

As the first scene came to a close, my buddies came looking for me. It didn't take long for them to realize that we wouldn't be going anywhere.

At such an age this movie shocked and excited me. It left me in awe and on the edge of tears.

In my early twenties (and after I'd seen it several times), the movie made me laugh out loud. The clever dialog, even in tenuous situations, is genius. Cheeseburgers, anyone?

Now in my late twenties, I consider this a classic. Take your other gang movies and throw them out the window. Boyz n the Hood is the only one that comes close and that takes itself way too seriously. Everything else is just an imitation of this perfectly woven tale.

As long as you can tolerate the violence and not-so-clean language, check this one out. It's simply brilliant.

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