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

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In one scene, the Manhattan skyline can be seen, making it obvious the scene was shot in Brooklyn, not Newark. See more »

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Midget: You have the right to be stupid as geek motherfuckers.
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Referenced in Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

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Little Sister
Written by Dr. Butcher (as A. Venable)
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One of the Top 3 movies EVER made about the inner-city
29 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is good on so many levels. It's about The lives of a group of Newark New Jersey urban youth. Newark New Jersey is the car theft capital of the world. (at least the US) Fun fact. Newark alone has more car thefts than LA and NYC put together. That's where the "Drive" in the title comes from. Anyways, it's a lot like other movies of this period. Ala "Juice" ..Boys in the Hood". The main difference with this film though is the social message and Density of the characters. Jason..played by Sharron Corley is very good in this. I must say though that Gabriel Casseus who plays "midget" Takes this movie to another level. He's so good in this. It's no mystery he's a good actor but in this he's amazing. I don't wanna give away too much of the story but basically Jason and Midget get caught up with the world of Car Theft and corrupt cops etc...Although they are criminals, u feel compassion for WHY they do what they do. The cop they call Roscoe is a menace. U actually FEEL for Jason and Midget. It by non means glorifies street life at all. There's one scene that kinda sums up the attitude of a lot of Urban Youth of that time. ( Myself included) Its the scene where Midget gets chased by the cops and they make him empty is beer out. He later returns to the same beer after the beat down by the dopes to finish it lol I think Next to Clockers and Fresh this is my fav " Hood" movie. ( Menace to Society and American Me are close behind this)


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