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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 15 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 2 days when members of the Hacienda Bloods gang shot up the set in Crip territory (Jordan Downs).
Spice 1 was originally cast as Caine Lawson.
Larenz Tate's film debut.
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.
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.
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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.
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The word "fuck" and its derivatives are used 305 times during the course of the film.
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.
The Clifton Powell and Ian Davids scene where Chauncy receives information about a car to steal had to be dubbed by the actors due to air traffic.
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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 Inglewood area.
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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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