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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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 »


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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Feel My Gat Blow
Performed by Mobb Deep
Written by Prodigy (as A. Johnson) and Havoc (as K. Muchita)
Mobb Deep appears courtesy of Loud Records
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Something Old is New Again
30 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is responsible for a lot of things and after finally seeing it I now know why. What it lacks in polished film making it more than makes up for in honesty, passion and ambition. From the performances through to the writing and cinematography everything is raw and beautiful and vibrant with life in a way that we never see in Hollywood films. And I'll be damned if the subject isn't poetry and how it exists in and what it makes of real life. How it is real life. In many aboriginal cultures there is no separate category for art that differentiates it from the rest of life and this movie hearkens back to that cultural tradition. A young Saul Williams defines his life, takes action, heals himself and saves others through his poetry. All of the acting is fresh and real but Saul Williams and Sonia Sohn especially shine, as they should. There is something real going on that is being captured here and the rest of America better know what it is.

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