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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tupac Shakur was originally cast to portray the character Sharif in the film, but fell out with the directors (Hughes Brothers) after they fired him due to his disagreement with his character which resulted in a violent altercation between them. However, Shakur appears in the music video from the film "Trigga Gots No Heart" by Spice -1. Shakur is visible in the background of the video with many other "thugs." He is seen twice throughout the video in quick shots. The video was directed by the Hughes Brothers. See more »

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When Kane goes to the BBQ he pulls up to see a red civic, he sees the girl and stops behind her, when he's talking to her outside of the car the civic is black, then when he says that he will call her later and walks off the car is red again. See more »

Quotes

[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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Spoofed in Ali G Indahouse (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

ALL OVER A HO
Written by Mz. Kilo (as R. Thomas), Cold 187um (as G. Hutchison), Kokane (as J. Long)
Performed by Mz. Kilo
Mz. Kilo appears courtesy of Jive Records
Cold 187um appears courtesy of Giant Records/Ruthless Records
Kokane appears courtesy of Ruthless Records
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A Powerful and Great film from The Hughes Brothers
2 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Menace II Society is a film of power and a desperate killing spree just in a little neighborhood. The film was very good, on all levels this is sure the best Hughes Brothers film. I've only seen Dead Presidents and From Hell, which I thought were both good movies, but this is The Hughes Brothers best film and this is so far the best ghetto film I've ever seen. There was some flaws but the movie makes it out like there really isn't any. The acting was good, Tyrin Turner, I've never really heard of and Larenz Tate I've see in Dead Presidents. The action was good and the movie was extremely powerful. Overall, this was a very neat ghetto film by The Hughes Brothers.

Hedeen's outlook: 9/10 ***+ A-


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