Friday (1995) Poster



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The movie was filmed in 20 days.
The neighborhood where the film takes place is the same street where the film's director, F. Gary Gray, grew up in South Central, Los Angeles. Principal houses that were used for filming were houses of old friends of the director. The scene where Deebo punches Red into the air is the house that Gray grew up in.
The clothes that Ice Cube wears in the first scene of this movie are exactly the same as the ones that his character wore in the final scene of Boyz n the Hood (1991).
In the flashback scene where Smokey is in the car with Hector and his friend, two men can be seen sitting on a block wall in the background. The men were residents of the neighborhood who wanted to be difficult towards the production staff, knowing they couldn't tell them what to do on their property. They remained in the shot despite offers from the staff which included compensation or a walk-on role in the film.
First movie role for Michael Clarke Duncan. He appears as one of the craps players in the flashback where Red gets punched by Deebo.
Cast members were warned not to wear red due to their safety. 126th street where the film was shot was in a Crip neighborhood which explains why Smokey is wearing blue.
The license plate on Smokey's car is "FCK IT".
Craig's mother can be seen pouring the last of the sugar into her coffee while eating breakfast.
Chris Rock and Tommy Davidson were considered for the role of Smokey.
Mr. Jones, a dogcatcher by trade, watches Man's Best Friend (1993), a movie about a genetically engineered dog that becomes homicidal.
Chris Tucker improvised most of his lines in the movie.
Smokey's car is a 1976 Ford Pinto.
This was Meagan Good's first film. She was "girl #2" that gets pushed out of the way by Smokey at the ice cream truck.
It's revealed in deleted scenes that Craig's dad is eating grapes at the beginning of the movie, and that Smokey is eating a sugar sandwich while they're high and watching music videos.
The movie was filmed in 126th Street between Halldale and Normandie in South Los Angeles, California.
One of the record albums in Craig's room is "One Nation Under a Groove" (1978) by Funkadelic, the back cover shown upside-down.
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Director Cameo 

F. Gary Gray:  The man mopping the floor in the store.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

On the VHS video jacket; it incorrectly synopsizes, that Craig and Smokey owe money to Deebo and not Big Worm as it actually transpires.
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