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Jason's Lyric (1994)

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The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love, as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled brother Joshua... 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
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Ms. Murphy
Kenneth Randle ...
Leroy
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The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love, as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled brother Joshua (Bokeem Woodbine). Jason, an assistant manager and sales clerk at an electronics 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 bd64kcmo

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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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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$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 »

Goofs

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. The Bank is located inside Loop 610 in the Heights between T.C. Jester and Airline Drive, about 5 miles from downtown. See more »

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Lyric: Jason, I am TRYING to love you, but I don't want my heart broken. But that's exactly what you're gonna do if you keep trying to save a brother that don't want to be saved!
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Referenced in Hav Plenty (1997) See more »

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Many Rivers to Cross
Written by Jimmy Cliff
Performed by Oleta Adams
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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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