Slam (1998)

R  |   |  Drama  |  7 October 1998 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Joshua
Lauren Bell
Bonz Malone ...
Lawrence Wilson ...
Big Mike
Beau Sia ...
Jimmy Huang
Andre Taylor ...
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'


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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Words make sense of a world that won't. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

7 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rozgrywka  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,887 (USA) (9 October 1998)


$982,214 (USA) (18 December 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Lauren Bell: You can give birth to an excuse so easily, you will believe it's always been there.
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Ain't No Stoppin'
Performed by Most Wanted featuring Pras Michel & The Product
Written by Pras Michel (as Pras Michel), Al-Baseer Holly, Goel Witherspoon, Nasis Hurst, Money Harm (as Marvin Moore-Hough) and Sincere (as David Mcrae)
Most Wanted appears courtesy of Refugee Allstar Records/RuffHouse/Columbia Records
Pras appears courtesy of RuffHouse/Columbia Records
The Product appears courtesy of Refugee All Star Records/RuffHouse/Columbia Records
Contains samples from "One to One"
Written by Randy Muller
Performed by Brass Construction
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Slam: One of few movies that can change your world view
20 May 2004 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is amazing! If you haven't seen it yet, run to the video store and snag it. If they don't have it, demand that they carry the movie (call them ignorant and say things like, "don't you know this is one of the most important and poignant movies of our time, you uncultured @sswhole?). The movie, about a young, Washington DC native, black poet who sells marijuana to finance his writing, combines politically charged slam poetry, hip-hop, and slick cinematography to paint a compelling portrait of the struggles of poor black males and the United State's prison system. It does the best job of any movie I've seen at highlighting the racism and injustice of our country's prison system. Some may be discouraged from seeing this movie because they may find the double meaning of 'Slam' cheesy (slam poetry and the sound the prison doors). Don't be one of those people! If you're like me, "Slam" will move you, turn you into an instant fan of Slam poetry, and, most importantly, force you to think about issues bigger than yourself. It is one of the few movies that can change the way the viewer sees the world.

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