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Menace II Society (1993)

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)
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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.)
Nancy Cheryll Davis ...
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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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26 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Straßenkämpfer  »

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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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The USA Director's Cut DVD incorrectly states that the movie is rated R, but it's actually the uncut NC-17 rated version. See more »

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[Playing cards at a table]
Tat Lawson: Look here, man. Now that you been out the joint two weeks don't you think it's about time you gave me my money?
Man: Told you I ain't got your money yet, man.
Tat Lawson: 'da fuck you mean you ain't got my money yet? motherfuckin' everybody know about that money you hid from that robbery!
Man: mu'phucka I told you I ain't got your money yet, man!
Tat Lawson: [tilts head to the left]
Tat Lawson: 'Da fuck you mean you ain't got my money yet? muthafucka you best be comin' up wit' my cash or else you know what I'm ...
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Written by Roger Troutman, Larry Troutman and Shirley Murdock
Performed by Zapp
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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