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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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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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Written by MC Eiht (as A. Tyler) and DJ Slip (as T. Allen)
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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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