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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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Thug #1
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Kim
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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.)
Dina D. ...
Joe Dalu ...
Policeman #7
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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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1 Woman. 1 Man. 1 Journey 2 Love. 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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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,515,786 (USA)
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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 »

Quotes

Lucky: What do you write about?
Justice: I write what's in my heart.
Lucky: What's that?
[Lightly strokes Justice's braids]
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Edited into Tupac: Resurrection (2003) See more »

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Backstabbers
Written by Leon Huff, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead
Performed by The O'Jays (as O'Jays)
Courtesy of Sony Music
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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An overlooked, intelligently produced and directed film.
31 December 1999 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I applaud John Singleton for being brave enough to film "Poetic Justice" -- it's a real triumph in presenting a story that looks beyond Hollywood's usual stereotypes of urban youth. If you are looking for a typical gang-bangin' shoot em up angry urban film...look elsewhere, because that genre is miles away from Singleton's storytelling. This film has precisely what black audiences say they are looking for - depth, real characters with a number of real layers....and yet people say they cannot get into this film. I say watch it and simply feel the messages being conveyed through the hearts of the characters. Tupac Shakur's performance saddens my heart....because he had so much potential as an actor as proven with his performance here. I was fortunate enough to actually meet and compliment him on this performance, which is at turns skillful and all his own. He had that quality that film actors envy in that the camera loved him. Janet Jackson gives a skilled performance as well, and the two have a natural chemistry that works here. This film is worth watching...it's one of my favorites.


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