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Original Gangstas (1996)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  10 May 1996 (USA)
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Marvin Bookman is a small shop owner in Gary, Indiana, USA. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the ... See full summary »

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John Bookman
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Jake Trevor
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Laurie Thompson
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Reverend Dorsey
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Gracie Bookman
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Marvin Bookman
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Marvin Bookman is a small shop owner in Gary, Indiana, USA. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the police. The gang doesn't like this so they go to the store and rough him up. Soon, John Bookman comes to town to set the wrong things right. With the help of Laurie and his old friend Jake, they attempt to take back the streets and show the new breed of gang members what the true originals can do. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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The original bad boys are stepping up in '96!


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Rated R for non-stop violence and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »
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10 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Warzone  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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$3,014,000 (USA)
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Camera crew shadow visible during the fight at the abandoned steel mill. See more »

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John Bookman: Big talk coming from a faggot who don't even know what sex his mother is.
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Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Written by Marvin Gaye - James Nyx (as James Nyx Jr.)
Performed by The Chi-Lites
Published by Jobete Music, Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
Produced by Eugene Record & Carl Davis
Chi-Lites appear courtesy of Brunswick Record Corp.
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Sad, but true!
24 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As somebody who lives in the city just West of Gary, I can tell you that it does exist and is in worse shape than the movie portrayed. The gangs may be different but crime is still rampant. A lot of the buildings in the movie are still there, in worse shape than what was in the movie and they still film there when they want to show a disaster zone. The city relied too heavily on the former U.S. Steel to support it. As the mill downsized and other industry moved out,"White Flight" and corrupt politicians began the death knell. There are a lot of good people there who are trying to make things better, but aren't having a lot of success. It's really a shame, it was a beautiful city at one time. I did enjoy the movie enough to watch it a couple times.


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