Menace II Society (1993) Poster


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Tupac Shakur was originally cast to play Sharif, but was fired which led to a physical fight with Allen Hughes. Shakur was charged with assault and battery. Shakur bragged about the altercation on an appearance on Yo! MTV Raps (1988). A tape of the appearance was played at the trial as evidence against Shakur. Shakur was sentenced to fifteen days in jail.
A prison riot sequence was cut from the film in order to avoid an NC-17 rating.
New Line Cinema mandated that a platinum rapper be cast in the film, and so MC Eiht was cast as A-Wax.
Production was shut down for two days, when members of the Hacienda Bloods shot up the set in Crip territory (Jordan Downs).
Larenz Tate's film debut.
Larenz Tate grew up on Chicago's Westside, which is controlled by the Vice Lords street gang. At the scene where he enters Cain's grandparents home, he subtly throws up the "5" when shaking Cain's hand.
M.C. Ren, perhaps most famous for being a member of the influential rap group N.W.A., was originally set to play the character A-Wax.
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.
Spice 1 was originally cast as Caine Lawson.
The word "fuck" and its derivatives are used 305 times during the course of the film.
AL Essey, was a regular on Crenshaw Boulevard, and was used to help choose and "herd" the extras in the movie. He has remained in the Inglewood area.
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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.
There was a scene cut from the final film, because the actor in it, was being "too gangster", and had no story that relates to the film.
Had its UK video release delayed because the BBFC refused to classify it. It was later passed with some cuts (now waived as of 2003).
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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.
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A clip in the theatrical trailer, features Stacy and Ronnie talking to either the police or a paramedic. This takes place presumably after Sharif and Caine are killed in the drive-by at the film's end. Anthony is seen crying with his clothes stained in Caine's blood.
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In the empty classroom scene, Mr. Butler tells Kaine and Sharif "Being a black man in America isn't easy. The hunt is on, and you're the prey. All I'm saying is... All I'm saying is... Survive! All right?" Mr. Butler is played by Charles S. Dutton, who later starred in Surviving The Game (1994), about a group of men who pick up and hunt down a black man in the woods.
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