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Original Gangstas (1996)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 10 May 1996 (USA)
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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Slick
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Bubba
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Spyro
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ...
Damien
Dru Down ...
Kayo
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Detective Slatten
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Mayor
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Michael Casey
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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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Hot City  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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$3,014,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When John and Jake do a drive-by at the steel mill in an attempt to start the gang war, several fires in barrels are burning. When they make their second pass, the smoke and fire can be seen going backwards, back into the barrels. See more »

Quotes

Jake Trevor: [to Spyro who is on the ground] Get Your Fucking Ass Up!
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Connections

Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Inner City Blues
Performed by Ideal & The Chi-Lites
Produced by Bishop 'Stick' Burrell Sr. for 2 Hard 2 Touch Productions Inc.
Written by Marvin Gaye - James Nyx (as James Nyx Jr.) and Bishop Burrell - Ruben Nero
Publishing: Jobete Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)/Bishtick Music (BMI)
Chi-Lites appear courtesy of Brunswick Records
Ideal appears courtesy of NooTrybe 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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