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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

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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
Oscar Brown Jr. ...
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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Storyline

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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Box Office

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$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

John Bookman: Big talk coming from a faggot who don't even know what sex his mother is.
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Connections

Features RoboCop 2 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Hot City
Performed by Rilondra Appling, 'Code Blue' and Rio Appling
Written by Rick Appling, 'Code Blue' & Frankie Peay
Publishing by Appling Publishing/Code Blue World's Music
Produced by Rick Appling, 'Code Blue' and Frankie Peay
Courtesy of PAR Records
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Gritty urban fairy-tale.
10 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Directed with flair and lots of authentic flavor by Larry Cohen, "Original Gangstas"/"Hot City" is still little more than a reworking of "Death Wish 3" with an (almost) all-black cast. It's a strange movie: first it goes to great lengths to establish a realistic urban environment, and then undermines it with a cockamamie story that is completely un-realistic. The movie should have chosen one approach or the other. The stars are as engaging as ever (if a bit long in the tooth), but Richard Roundtree's fans will be disappointed with his very minor part. (**)


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