Original Gangstas (1996)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bookman
Jake Trevor
Laurie Thompson
Reverend Dorsey
Gracie Bookman
Oscar Brown Jr. ...
Marvin Bookman
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ...
Dru Down ...
Detective Slatten
Michael Casey


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!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for non-stop violence and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Warzone  »

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Box Office


$4,800,000 (estimated)


$3,014,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The scene with the two police cars exploding is lifted directly from "RoboCop 2" - also an Orion picture. See more »


Camera crew shadow visible during the fight at the abandoned steel mill. See more »


John Bookman: Big talk coming from a faggot who don't even know what sex his mother is.
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Original Gangstas
Performed by 'Code Blue' and Rio Appling and Rilondra Appling with The Dramatics
Written by Rick Appling, 'Code Blue' and Frankie Peay
Publishing by A Right To Fly Music (BMI), Kira Kurland, Burton Publishing, Appling Publishing, Code Blue World's Music
Produced by Rick Appling, 'Code Blue' and Frankie Peay
Courtesy of PAR Records
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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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