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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, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his own insecurities about love as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled younger brother Joshua (Bokeem Woodbine). Jason, an assistant manager and sales clerk at a T.V. store falls in love with Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith) and finds happiness, but his family history and mentally ill war veteran father, Maddog (Forest Whitaker) plague his life's plans 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)  »

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Amicizie pericolose  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,851,521 (USA)
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In real-life Suzanne Douglas was only 11 years older than Allen Payne. 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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Marti: I know you think Alonzo isn't perfect, but I'm going to hold on to him... cause he's all I got. The wards ain't full of Jasons. What you found was quiet... in a world full of thunder. I ain't got no choice but to listen to it. You do.
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No More Love
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produced by John E. Rhone, Ontario Haynes and Maurice Stewart for The Whole 9
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Nothing short of exquisite
13 August 2002 | by (new york, ny) – See all my reviews

One endeavor in filmmaking that quite frequently doesn't turn out well is mixing genres. "Jason's Lyric" combines crime drama, love story, and ghetto film-and does it surprisingly beautifully. The acting is remarkable, the script is remarkable, and the emotion is remarkable. This movie could have turned out very pretentious and very cheesy. Apparently, the directors, writers, and producers completely acknowledged this, and refused to let that happen. The characters are very well developed and, while the movie doesn't justify Josh's actions, it does convey compassion for him. It also provides new insight on what it's really like to live in a ghetto. If you can find this movie (after all, I saw it on Showtime and haven't the video in any stores) totally see it!!!!


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