Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

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Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug-lord Rodney Little, who, when not playing with model trains or drinking Moo for his ulcer, just likes to chill with his brothers near the benches outside the project houses. When a night man at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike's older brother turns himself in as the killer. Det. Rocco Klein doesn't buy the story, however, and sets out to find the truth, and it seems that all the fingers point toward Strike & Rodney. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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When there's murder on the streets, everyone is a suspect.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for strong graphic violence, strong language and drug content | See all certifications »

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13 September 1995 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,040,603 (USA)
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Spike Lee wanted John Turturro to play Rocco Klein, and Michael Imperioli to play Larry Mazilla. The studio balked at Lee's request, and Martin Scorsese suggested Harvey Keitel for the role of Rocco, with John Turturro sliding into the role of Mazilla. See more »

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When Errol is threatening the kid on the trunk of the car, the helmet falls off. When the shot widens, the helmet is back on the kid's head. See more »

Quotes

Andre The Giant: [beating up Strike] It's motherfuckers like you that mugged Rosa Parks.
Ronald 'Strike' Dunham: Who the fuck is Rosa Parks?
Andre The Giant: Who the fuck is Rosa Parks? Who's Rosa Parks?
Ronald 'Strike' Dunham: It's hard on brothers out here.
Andre The Giant: Brothers? You stupid ignorant motherfucker.
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Another great film from Spike Lee.
17 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've just finished this film and I thought it was excellent. I've never read the book, and based on other people's comments it sounds like it might be a hard book to adapt for the screen, what with it (apparently) dealing with a lot of abstract issues. However, looking at this film from the standpoint of having never read the book I thought the story was brilliant, it engrossed me to the end. Mekhi Phifer was great, he played the part well, personally I thought he conveyed a wide range of emotions and all of them very well. There was some great character development, especially on the part of Delroy Lindo (another great performance).

Lee did a good job in his portrayal of the drug culture in the projects, as well as taking a look into the police's side of the story. The story interested me from the beginning and I didn't feel my interest waver once, in fact is grew steadily throughout the film. The images of dead bodies shown at the beginning made a strong starting point, and served as an immediate reminder that the themes dealt with in the film are occurring all the time.

On a side note, I thought the resemblance of Shorty's game 'Gansta' to today's GTA: San Andreas was pretty funny.


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