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Poetic Justice (1993)

R | | Drama, Romance | 23 July 1993 (USA)
In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

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Ché J. Avery ...
Thug #2
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Maia Campbell ...
Jeff Cantrel ...
Policeman #4
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Kina Cosper ...
Female Cousin (as Kina V. Cosper)
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Uncle Earl (as John Cothran Jr.)
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Joe Dalu ...
Policeman #7
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Storyline

After witnessing the murder of her first and only boyfriend, young Justice decides to forget about college and become a South Central Los Angeles hairdresser. Avoiding friends, the only way for her to cope with her depression is by composing beautiful poetry. On her way to a convention in Oakland, she is forced to ride with an independent-minded postal worker whom she has not gotten along with in the past. After various arguments between them and their friends, they start to discover that their thoughts on violence, socially and domestically, are the same. Justice may finally feel that she is not as alone as before. Written by <poetic_robert@hotmail.com>

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'Cause nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 July 1993 (USA)  »

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Fugir do Bairro  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,515,786 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Tupac Shakur got into a heated verbal altercation with an extra on the set. After Shakur made physical threats toward the extra, Maya Angelou pulled Shakur aside and calmed him down. See more »

Quotes

Justice: Is it true the ribs can tell the kick Of a beast from a lover's fist? The bruised bones record it well The sudden shock, the hard impact Then swollen lids Sorry eyes spoke not of lost romance But of hurt Hate is often confused Its limits are in zones beyond itself And sadists will not learn that Love, by nature, extracts a pain Unequalled on the rack
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Features Felix the Cat (1958) See more »

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Sticky Fingers
Written by Coolio (as Artis Ivey, Jr.) and Wino (as Bryan Dobbs)
Produced by Wino (as Bryan Dobbs "The Wino") & Andre "Priest" Jackson
Performed by Coolio
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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A John Singleton movie that's a lot better than reviews would suggest.
21 May 1999 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Poetic Justice is the type of film that will sneak up on you. Some parts of the movie are a little slow, but as a whole the movie is very good. Director Singleton is able to bring a certain mood to this film; wavering between dark, funny and compassionate. Justice (Janet Jackson) is a directionless and lost female who expresses her wants and sorrows through poetry. Because of deaths in her family she is alone.

She reluctantly agrees to go on a mail trip with a friend (Regina King) and her male comrads. Little does she know that she would find her diamond in the rough in Lucky (Shakur). Although Lucky has a very hard exterior, Justice; through many trails and tribulations locates the good in him. It turns out that they (Justice and Lucky) are just what each other needs. Some may not be able to relate to this film, but if you can chances are you will really like the movie. This movie was not really made for mainstream audiences, just for certain people. I am one who was taken in by it, and it is one of my favorites. Great movie which probably appeals more to demographically urban viewers. Regina King and Joe Torry do a good job of providing support to the lead actors throughout.


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