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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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Five Year Old Caine
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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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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 | Thriller

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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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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,900,000 (USA)
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(FotoKem)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

New Line Cinema mandated that a platinum rapper be cast in the film, and so MC Eiht was cast as A-Wax. See more »

Goofs

Before the drive-by shooting at the end of the film, Illena's cousin is seen loading an Uzi machine pistol, and when the shooting is about to begin, he aims this gun out of the car window. However, when the shooting actually starts, he has changed over to a TEC-9, a completely different type of machine pistol. See more »

Quotes

O-Dog: We're just gonna find these little marks and smoke 'em. Shit ain't that hard.
Caine: As long as there ain't no crowds. Look I'm killing no kids or no old folks alright?
O-Dog: [laughing] Hey man, who the fuck gonna old out there at twelve o'clock at night man? Shit nigga. I'll smoke anybody nigga. I just don't give a fuck. Shit. Come on hit this shit nigga.
Caine: Look alright. Not me alright? I'm not killin' no kids!
O-Dog: Hey, you know what nigga? You acting like a little bitch right now. You acting real paranoid and ...
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HOT WIRE OLDIE
Written by Quincy Jones III (as QD III)
Performed by Teddy Miller and Quincy Jones III (as QD III)
Courtesy of New Line Tunes
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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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