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Jason's Lyric (1994)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  28 September 1994 (USA)
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The story of a young man who must confront his own fears about love as well as his relationships with family and friends. Allen Payne (I) plays Jason, a sales clerk at a T.V. store. He ... See full summary »

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Jason Alexander
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Lyric (as Jada Pinkett)
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Joshua Alexander
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Alonzo
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Rat
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Gloria
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Marti
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Ron
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Maddog
Asheamu Earl Randle ...
Teddy
Clarence Whitmore ...
Elmo
Rushion McDonald ...
Fast Freddy
Curtis von Burrell ...
Darryl
Bebe Drake ...
Ms. Murphy
Kenneth Randle ...
Leroy
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The story of a young man who must confront his own fears about love as well as his relationships with family and friends. Allen Payne (I) plays Jason, a sales clerk at a T.V. store. He falls in love with Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith) and finds happiness, but his family history and crazy father Maddog (played by Forest Whitaker) come back to haunt him before he can leave it all for a better life. Written by anonymous

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Love is courage.

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Crime | Drama

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

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28 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amicizie pericolose  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,851,521 (USA)
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The soul food restaurant where Alonzo steps inside is the former location of This Is It Soul Food at the former 239 West Gray location; a new restaurant was built and completed March 9, 1995 at 209 West Gray after filming was completed. See more »

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The bank and the bank parking lot during the robbery scene are not in the same location; the parking lot is located in the Eleanor Tinsley Park complex off Allen Parkway west of Downtown Houston. See more »

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Gloria: [after Josh assembles a massive feast, Gloria begins to throw it all away] Mama, what are you doing? What are you doing? Ma, I made this for you! Stop it, now! I just bought that shit!
Gloria: [Continuing to throw everything away] Drug money.
Joshua Alexander: See, how you know I didn't get it the honest way? Huh? How you know that?
Gloria: Every time you come out, I pray it'll be different, but it's always the same! Always the same.
[Grabs the main course]
Joshua Alexander: [Grabs it from her] Not the roast, Mama. I spent $25 on that. What are you ...
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Many Rivers to Cross
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Well crafted film and splendid acting!
19 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

It isn't often that you get to see a compelling film that deals with human sacrifices, love and the courage to find a true identity to lead a good moral life. . .

Jason's Lyric was one film that became that testament of many issues combined. For me it's not just a film but more in terms of reaching out to those unfortunate souls living a somber life and helping to reflect on those wishing to make a change for the best.

Allan Payne, Jada Pinkett and Bokeem Woodbine all give electrifying performances. One of the strongest issues the film dealt with was Payne's relationship as a brother to troubled Woodbine. The disturbing part for me though was Forest Whittaker's performance as the father who go's berserk after the Vietnam War, losing all sense of morality for himself and his family.

A brilliant film, I can't recommend this film enough.

8/10


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