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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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Five Year Old Caine
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Pernell
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Clyde
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Karen Lawson
Eugene Lee ...
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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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Release Date:

26 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The Clifton Powell and Ian Davids scene, where Chauncy receives information about a car to steal, had to be dubbed by the actors, in post-production, due to air traffic. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Insurance Man: It's gotta be in excellent working condition, all right? Insurance company won't give you no money for a car that doesn't run. Ca-can you hang with this?
Chauncy: Yeah, I'll hook you up. Be here tomorrow night at about, uh, about ten-thirty.
Insurance Man: I'm-I'm sorry. Did you? Are you sure you mean tomorrow night?
Chauncy: D-d-do I stutter, motherfucker?
Insurance Man: No, no problem. Tomorrow night. That's fine.
Chauncy: Did I stutter, motherfucker?
Insurance Man: No, you're right.
Chauncy: What? You scared to come through this neighborhood at night, motherfucker? Huh?
Insurance Man: [...]
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HONEY LOVE
Written by R. Kelly
Performed by R. Kelly and Public Announcement
Courtesy of Jive 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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