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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)
Five Year Old Caine
Karen Lawson
Eugene Lee ...
Man #1
Man #2 (as James Pickins Jr.)
Nancy Cheryll Davis ...
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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


M.C. Ren, perhaps most famous for being a member of the influential rap group N.W.A., was originally set to play the character A-Wax. See more »


During Ronnie's party scene, Caine's voice over says that the party was at the end of the summer. During the party Chauncy tells a girl that "me, A-Wax and Caine went to a Lakers game last night." The NBA season starts in November and has no regular games being played at the end of the summer. See more »


Pernell: [during a visit to the penitentiary] It's been a long time, Caine. How you doin', man? How come you never come see me?
Caine: [looking down] Man, I don't want to see you all caged up like some animal.
Pernell: Is that what you think? I'm a animal?
Caine: Nah...
[looks up, almost in tears]
Caine: When I was growin' up... you was like my dad, man.
Pernell: [takes the phone away from his ear in disbelief, only to return it] Your letters... in the beginning... it got me through, young bra. Away from my girl, away from my baby, away from you...
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Referenced in The Breaks (1999) See more »


Written by Dwayne P. Wiggins (as D. Wiggins), E. "Kenya" Baker, F. Busby
Performed by Kenya Gruv
Kenya Gruv appears courtesy of
Boomcity Records/Mercury Records
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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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