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Slam (1998)

R | | Drama | 7 October 1998 (USA)
Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of ... See full summary »

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Ray Joshua
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Lauren Bell
Bonz Malone ...
Hopha
Lawrence Wilson ...
Big Mike
Beau Sia ...
Jimmy Huang
Andre Taylor ...
China
Momolu Stewart ...
Bay (Jail Rapper)
Ron Jones ...
Do Wop Cop
Reamer Shedrick ...
Do Wop Cop
Allan E. Lucas ...
Chief C.O.
Dominic Chianese Jr. ...
Officer Dom
Jerome Goldman ...
Jail Class Poet 'Why'
DJ Renegade ...
Party Poet 'Diminuendo in Blue'
Liza Jessie Peterson ...
Slam Poet 'Ice Cream'
Taylor Mali ...
Slam Poet 'Like'
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Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written by Offline Publicist

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Rated R for pervasive language, a sex scene and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,887 (USA) (11 October 1998)

Gross:

$982,214 (USA) (20 December 1998)
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When Ray is on his way to the poetry night, he gets on the metro at the Cleveland Park station, rides, and gets off at the metro at the same station: Cleveland Park. See more »

Quotes

Ray Joshua: The wind is the moon's imagination wandering. It seeps through cracks, ripples the grass, explores the unknown. My love is my soul's imagination. How do I love you? Imagine.
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I Can See
Performed by Tekitha & Cappadonna
Written by Mathematics (as R. Bean), Tekitha (as T. Washington) and Cappadonna (as D. Hill)
Tekitha appears courtesy of Razor Sharp/Epic Records
Cappadonna appears courtesy of Razor Sharp/Epic Records
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Pen Mightier Than Sword
28 April 2017 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Imprisoned on drug possession charges, a talented rapper is encouraged to use his gift with words to write poetry in this independent drama that won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in its day. Saul Williams is well cast as the flawed young protagonist who believes that racism and the fact that he was not prepared to rat out his friends was what led to him receiving such a long sentence. His rapping is very good too with the film's best scene being a part where he bonds with a nearby cellmate as they rap out a tune together. There is also a memorable (if unrealistic and improbable) segment in which an impromptu burst into emotional rap quells a riot about to break out between rival prison gangs. The key theme of the movie would seem to be that artistic expression can solve problems that violence simply cannot, however, the film has trouble finding focus in the post-jail scenes; Williams and Sonja Sohn (cast as the prison poetry teacher) certainly lack chemistry as potential lovers. The film is pretty interesting though in the jail section of the tale. The way Williams is treated upon arrival vividly brings 'A Clockwork Orange' to mind; scattered slow motion flashbacks with unusual audio effects also give the film a dreamy quality quite appropriate given how the prison experience wakens him up to the harsh realities of a world he has taken for granted.


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