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Jason's Lyric (1994)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  28 September 1994 (USA)
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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 (... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Alexander
Lyric (as Jada Pinkett)
Joshua Alexander
Asheamu Earl Randle ...
Clarence Whitmore ...
Rushion McDonald ...
Fast Freddy
Curtis von Burrell ...
Bebe Drake ...
Ms. Murphy
Kenneth Randle ...


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.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amicizie pericolose  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$20,851,521 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The abandoned railroad crossing where Lyric is alone is located east of Montrose/Studemont Blvd. in the Houston area. Sadly, the railroad crossing was demolished in early 2000. A majority of the film takes place in Houston's Third, Fourth, and Fifth Ward. These neighborhoods were named after voter precincts when the City of Houston was founded in 1856. See more »


With his right hand, Jason retrieves the flowers he bought for Lyric from the truck and hides them behind his back. When he hands them to her, he pulls them from under his left arm. See more »


Lyric: Sometimes heroes have to walk away. Walk away, Jason... or we can't be together.
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Referenced in Hav Plenty (1997) See more »


No More Love
performed by DRS
produced by John E. Rhone, Ontario Haynes and Maurice Stewart for The Whole 9
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Intense. Unforgettable.
3 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Boy meets girl. There are a mountain of movies that attempt to tell a love story and disappoint and fall flat. JASON'S LYRIC is... unforgettable -- a love movie to enjoy many times.

The greatest strength to this love story is the same as the key strength in the world-wide hit LONG VACATION tv series exported from Japan: as the story unfolds the viewer deeply and personally cares about the boy and the girl. The characters become real and we feel as they feel. Intense. Unforgettable.

Highly recommended, but keep in mind that there is grit, drugs and depictions of violence in this movie.

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