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Poetic Justice (1993)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  23 July 1993 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Simone
Ché J. Avery ...
Thug #2
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Aunt June
Lloyd Avery II ...
Thug #1
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Kim
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Ticket Taker
Maia Campbell ...
Shante
Jeff Cantrel ...
Policeman #4
Michael Colyar ...
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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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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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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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,515,786 (USA)
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Ice Cube was offered the role of Lucky, but refused because he claimed that he was not at a point in his career where he would play in a romantic movie. See more »

Quotes

Lucky: [to Justice, after his cousin is shot] This never would have happened if I hadn't been fucking with you.
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References The Bear (1988) See more »

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I Wanna Be Your Man
Written by Chaka Demus (as John Taylor), Pliers (as Everton Bonner), Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar (as Sly Dunbar),
Robbie Shakespeare (as Robbie Shakespear) and Lloyd Willis
Produced by Sly & Robbie (as Sly and Robbie)
Performed by Chaka Demus & Pliers
Courtesy of Mango/Island Records, Inc.
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11 November 2004 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I read the other review and simply had to comment on it. This was a great movie. Perhaps not filled with action. But it takes the poetic point of view and happily surprises you. It's in my DVD - shelf at home. Janet is showing a great acting and so is Tupac. My boyfriend weren't that crazy about it, so I've come to realize that it take a special kind of person to want to see and understand the movie at it's fullest. Since i write poetry in my spare time maybe that explains my passion about this movie. In all, I think you should rent it if the review at the back cover tempt you, it's pretty much what you get.


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