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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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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.)
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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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(FotoKem)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997. 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

Ilena: I'm pregnant.
Caine: Well, what the fuck you tellin' me for?
Ilena: What? So you just gonna dog me?
Caine: It ain't mine.
Ilena: Look, you the only one I was with!
Caine: Stop lying, alright? Besides, I had the jimmy on extra tight.
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Referenced in The Breaks (1999) See more »

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ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Jerry Butler and Leon Huff
Performed by Jerry Butler
Courtesy of Polygram Special Markets
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The Best Hood Film I Have Ever Seen
9 October 2004 | by (C-Town) – See all my reviews

If you like action dramas, this is definitely the film for you. I have watched this film several times since I bought it, and I don't do that with many movies. It shows what it is really like for teenagers growing up in the ghetto.

The movie takes place in LA, where Caine, O-Dog, Sharif, and the rest of they're crew trying to grow up in the Ghetto without getting shot. It deals with everything that is happening in the world with teens in the hood: Pregnancy, Drive-by's, Drug Addiction, and many other things.

What I like about this film, is that it is exactly what it's supposed to be. It does not show people getting shot every 2 minutes and showing the kids smoking weed in every scene, because it's not like that in real life. This shows exactly how everything goes down. Nothing more, nothing less.

Check it out. You can get it at Wal-Mart for a good price.


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