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Menace II Society (1993)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  26 May 1993 (USA)
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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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Grocery Store Woman (as June Kyoko Lu)
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Brandon Hammond ...
Five Year Old Caine
Reginald Ballard ...
Karen Lawson
Eugene Lee ...
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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 violence, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Straßenkämpfer  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)


$27,900,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


AL Essey, was a regular on Crenshaw Blvd. and was used to help choose and "herd" the extras in the movie. He has remained in the Imglwood area. See more »


In the beginning of the driving scene with A Wax, O-Dog and Caine, the police escort as well as a crew van can be seen following them out the rear window See more »


Caine: My grandpa asked me one time if I care whether I live or die. Yeah I do. Now it's too late.
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Written by DJ Quik (as D. Blake), R. Bacon
Performed by DJ Quik
Courtesy of Profile Records Inc.
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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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