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

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

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$982,214 (USA) (18 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 »

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Ray Joshua: Now is the essence of my domain, because I am what I was and will be, I am and always will be that nigger / I am that nigger / I am that nigger / I am a negro / Negro from necro meaning death / I overcame it / So they named me after it.
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Performed by Flipmode Squad featuring Busta Rhymes, Rampage, Spliff Starr (as Spliffstar),
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Written by Busta Rhymes (as T. Smith), Rampage (as R. McNair), Spliff Starr (as W. Lewis),
Baby Sham (as L. Jones) and Rah Digga (as R. Fisher)
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Beautiful
12 February 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Really good and believable script, atmosphere and flow, very well acted. It doesn't even matter if the camera crew is totally visible in many pictures in one guys mirror-sun glasses. This is definitely one of the best "hood" movies of the nineties. It's also shows you a different kind of hood that you're used to: OK there's some drug selling and rapping, but that's the reality, and reality is what these movies are about. But that's only the beginning: This film grows to be really deep and interesting story about generations, art making (=self-expression), life goals, and the Tragedy of the contemporary world. In this film, for example the rapping thing is portrayed quite funnily; It's more real, in other words also more sad and also more serious, than in the other movies. This film shows what rap, and any kind of art and self-expression is: It's about salvation, it's about ideals, it's about dreaming, it's about rising above. It's about creating your OWN world inside or outside, or above, the world which you don't like and don't wanna support. It's about prisons of the mind that you or some other people have created in your mind which you gotta grow out of to be free. It's a story of courage. It's about miracle of life. This film really shows what it's all about, if someone already don't know. It's a PEOPLE's culture. The MTV and money sh** don't have and will never have anything to do with it. It's a people's way of expressing themselves in their communities. And this film shows it all real beautifully. One of the best movies about artist's life too. It also grows to be a beautiful love story. In all ways it's better than all it's parts combined and all hopes imagined.

It's not the best acted film in the world, like some reviewer said, but it might at the top level among the other best. The film is also very nicely shot. It doesn't actually feel like a documentary, but more like what it really is: Quite cheaply and simply (=that means freely) made self-expression. You can feel the joy of the making. I don't have to even mention that the soundtrack is great: One of the best. The world needs this kind of movies. (Or does it?...) At least somebody's world does. Somebody else's world might need movies that glorify violence. This is not that kind of movie. This is not 50 cent. This is not death. This is life.


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