MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 29,174 this week

Slam (1998)

 -  Drama  -  7 October 1998 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,885 users  
Reviews: 51 user | 31 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 5 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 14 May 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 04 Jun 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 05 Dec 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 15 May 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Slam" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Slam (1998)

Slam (1998) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Slam.
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A charismatic rapper falls in love with a young Jewish girl despite the confines of her religious background.

Director: Marc Levin
Stars: Tariq Trotter, Karen Starc, Bonz Malone
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A documentary about the rise of anti-Semitism in the USA after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Director: Marc Levin
Stars: Marc Levin, Kofi Annan, Joanne Baron
Whiteboyz (1999)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In a virtually all-white Iowa town, Flip daydreams of being a hip-hop star, hanging with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre. He practices in front of a mirror and with his two pals, James and ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Levin
Stars: Danny Hoch, Dash Mihok, Mark Webber
Aujourd'hui I (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Alain Gomis
Stars: Saul Williams, Djolof Mbengue, Anisia Uzeyman
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Marc Levin
Slam (2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Director: Miguel Martí
Stars: Iván Hermés, Tomás Fonzi, Juana Acosta
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man wanders into the woods in search of his cat and witnesses a murder.

Director: J.T. Petty
Stars: Edmond Mercier, Sarah Ingerson, Andrew Hewitt
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Raw and unflinching, this pair of award-winning HBO films looks at the death and destruction caused by gang warfare across the United States... See full synopsis »

Director: Marc Levin
Sunday (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This film concerns two mysterious characters who meet on a Sunday in Queens. Madeleine the most unsettling creature of that name since "Vertigo" is a middle-aged, moderately successful ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Nossiter
Stars: David Suchet, Lisa Harrow, Arnold Barkus
Work (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Rachel Reichman
Stars: Geordie White, Heather Murphy, Cynthia Kaplan
Slam! (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Bruce La Bruce
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The real Rick Ross is not a rapper. He's an urban legend in South Central LA, a black godfather figure whom most people have never seen, but know by name and reputation. He's 'Freeway' Rick... See full summary »

Director: Marc Levin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Ray Joshua
...
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'
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

All in Line for a Slice of Devil Pie. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rozgrywka  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$982,214 (USA) (18 December 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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

Lauren Bell: Never give anyone the power to take away your freedom. That's yours. It don't belong to nobody but you. Remember that.
See more »

Soundtracks

Anansi Abstrakt
Performed by DJ Spooky (as DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid)
Written by DJ Spooky (as Paul D. Miller)
Under license from Asphodel Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Powerful!
19 March 1999 | by (Silicon Valley, CA) – See all my reviews

Fantastic performances, a good story and interesting photography make Slam a very good movie; realism makes it a great one. I was in awe of the utter authenticity of the people, the situations, the energies in this film. I was suitably impressed by the emotions expressed and how effective it all was, for essentially a minimalist message (the odds are stacked against young black males in the inner cities) but even more impressed once I listened to the commentary on the DVD. I highly recommend you get your hands on the disc, and listen to the commentary after watching the film. Sure, it's a bit too self-congratulatory ("what a beautiful shot!" [it was only "nice"]) but the insight on the people involved--the writers, actors, poets... adds an incredible amount of depth to the experience.

To quickly generalize: if you appreciate Spike Lee's work, you'll probably like Slam. Although Spike might be a little upset that a white Jewish director brought this to film :-)


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
unintentionally funny agorachief
Saul Williams lotus6257
an under rated movie! unlikely_protagonist
one of the most inspiration films ever funkoknots
Anyone catch this goof? smkdownddt
'Wire' connections hq-3
Discuss Slam (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?