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New Jersey Drive (1995)

R | | Crime, Drama | 19 April 1995 (USA)
Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favourite pastime is that of everybody in their ... See full summary »

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Jason Petty (as Sharron Corley)
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Midget
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Roscoe
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Rene Petty
Andre Moore ...
Ritchie
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Tiny Dime (as Donald Adeosun Faison)
Conrad Meertins Jr. ...
P-Nut
Devin Eggleston ...
Jamal
Koran C. Thomas ...
Ronnie
Michele Morgan ...
Coreen
Samantha Brown ...
Jackie Petty
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Robert Jason Jackson ...
Lionel Gentry
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Judge
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Bo-Kane (as Dwight Errington Myers)
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Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favourite pastime is that of everybody in their neighbourhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts when they steal a police car and the cops launch a violent offensive that involves beating and even shooting suspects. Written by Robert Zeithammel <zeit@cip.physik.uni-muenchen.de>

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The only things that matters is the ride.

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Rated R for pervasive strong language and some violence, drugs and drinking | See all certifications »

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19 April 1995 (USA)  »

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Mafia de New Jersey  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,565,508 (USA)
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Trivia

The city of Newark, New Jersey refused to allow filming in city limits. See more »

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When Jason and Midget are at the supermarket casing the Lexus, there's a shot from outside their vehicle and Midget's window is down. Then the camera pans inside and the window is all the way up. See more »

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Ritchie: Nigga you're worried about Roscoe. You better be worried about your momz.
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Outtie
Written by Dr. Butcher (as A. Venable)
Produced by Dr. Butcher
Performed by Dr. Butcher
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Tales From the Hood
11 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts when they steal a police car and the cops launch a violent offensive that involves beating and even shooting suspects.

Mayor Sharpe James refused to allow filming of New Jersey Drive within the city limits; therefore, the filming locations were in the surrounding locations of Newark rather than the city itself. I am surprised they would turn down the shooting... but, hey, I guess if you're known for being a car theft city, you don't want to support that claim.

Some have called this the best "hood" movie. I don't know. I liked it, and thought it seemed fairly accurate to how I imagine life in the streets to be. But it lacked a solid plot or story arc, and I think it suffers from that. I do like how it has no real hero -- both the thieves and the police come off as less than perfect.


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