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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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Simone
Ché J. Avery ...
Thug #2
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Thug #1
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Kim
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Ticket Taker
Maia Campbell ...
Shante
Jeff Cantrel ...
Policeman #4
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Panhandler
Kina Cosper ...
Female Cousin (as Kina V. Cosper)
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Uncle Earl (as John Cothran Jr.)
Dina D. ...
Dina
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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Fate brought them together. Anger kept them apart. But for both of them, the road ahead was the only way to leave the pain behind. See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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23 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fugir do Bairro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,728,455 (USA) (25 July 1993)

Gross:

$27,515,786 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Tupac Shakur, Janet Jackson requested that he have an AIDS test before his kissing scene with her. He angrily refused. In a 2011 Vibe magazine article about Shakur, John Singleton claimed that the whole thing was a publicity stunt concocted by Shakur, Jackson and himself. But producer Steve Nicolaides and Shakur's brother, Mopreme Shakur, confirmed the incident in the article. See more »

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Aunt June: I want to talk to you about morals. The morals of the young people today is going to get them in big trouble. I'm telling you, because they act like they don't know the difference between right and wrong. And this is the truth. And see, one of the reasons is the parents. The parents are not taking care of their children. They are not telling them the difference between right and wrong. But then...
Aunt MayAunt April: [both roll their eyes and turn to leave]
Aunt June: Wait, now. No, no, no. No, ma'am. You have to listen. ...
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Definition of a Thug Nigga
Performed by Tupac Shakur (as 2Pac)
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One of the truly excellent films of the 1990's!
12 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this film after becoming addicted to 'Boyz n the hood'and 'Higher learning', I think John Singleton is one of the greatest filmmakers working today and Poetic Justice is a great example of a truly dedicated and talented filmmaker. The story starts off with Justice (played brilliantly by Janet Jackson, what a surprise)who witnesses the slaying of her boyfriend at a movie, justice becomes very depressed with life and feels nothing but loneliness. She expresses this by writing poems in a notebook to reveal her pain for her lost love and for the pain of living in America's South central l.a district. Lucky (again played greatly by Tupac Shakur in i feel his most personal and greatest role from 'Juice' right up to 'Gang Related')is a postman with nothing to look forward for in his life except to look after his daughter and a dream of rapping his pain for the hood. Together they go on a road trip with two other friends and learn on how to live again and to find their way in life. The performances are great, Singletons direction is wonderful. If your a fan of other 'hood' movies than this you might find a little different from the others. But nonetheless a deep hearted gem. 9/10


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