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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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Tony
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Pernell
Reginald Ballard ...
Clyde
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Karen Lawson
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Teacher (as Nancy Cheryl Davis)
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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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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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Die Straßenkämpfer  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,900,000 (USA)
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A prison riot sequence was cut from the film in order to avoid an NC-17 rating. See more »

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When Caine gets his car, the camera is reflected in a car window. See more »

Quotes

Grandpapa: Now what I want to talk to you two about is the trouble that you've been getting into. Boys, the Lord didn't put you here to be shooting and killing each other. It's right there in the Bible, Exodus 20:13: '"Thou shall not kill.'
Caine: Grandpa, I ain't never killed nobody.
Grandpapa: Oh, I doubt that. And Kevin, I've heard stories about you.
O-Dog: Sir, I don't think God really cares too much about us, or he wouldn't have put us here. I mean, look where we stay at. It's all fucked - It's messed up around here.
Caine: My ...
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ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Jerry Butler and Leon Huff
Performed by Jerry Butler
Courtesy of Polygram Special Markets
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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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