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Director:
Writers:
Marc Levin (story) &
Richard Stratton (story) ...
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Release Date:
7 October 1998 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Words make sense of a world that won't. See more »
Plot:
Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful See more (51 total) »

Cast

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Saul Williams ... Ray Joshua

Sonja Sohn ... 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'
Bob Holman ... Slam M.C.
Rhozier Brown ... Public Defender (as Rhozier T. Brown)

Richard Stratton ... Prosecutor

Marion Barry Jr. ... Judge (as Mayor Marion Barry Jr.)
Weusi Baraka ... Weed Buyer
Eddie Black ... Dodge City Crew
Harry Campbell ... Dodge City Crew
Robert Philson ... Dodge City Crew
Daniel M. Favors ... Jail C.O.
Johnny Foye ... Jail C.O.
Jesse Hicks ... Command Center C.O.
Carolyn Morris ... Hallway C.O.
Leonard Thompson Jr. ... Bullpen Inmate (as Leonard A. Thompson Jr.)
Todd Baker ... Bullpen Inmate
Joseph A. Wilson ... Poetry Class (as Joseph Wilson)
Talib Watson ... Thug Life Crew
Kevin Kennedy ... Van Inmate
Donnell Robinson ... Van Inmate

Directed by
Marc Levin 
 
Writing credits
Marc Levin (story) &
Richard Stratton (story)

Sonja Sohn (written by) &
Marc Levin (written by) &
Bonz Malone (written by) &
Saul Williams (written by) &
Richard Stratton (written by)

Produced by
Henri M. Kessler .... executive producer
Henri M. Kessler .... producer
Marc Levin .... producer
David Peipers .... executive producer
Daphne Pinkerson .... associate producer
Richard Stratton .... producer
 
Original Music by
DJ Spooky 
 
Cinematography by
Mark Benjamin 
 
Film Editing by
Emir Lewis 
 
Sound Department
John Bowen .... adr editor
Neil Cedar .... dialogue editor
Philippe Desloovere .... sound designer
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording mixer
John Hassler .... foley artist
David Hocs .... sound
David Jaunai .... sound re-recording mixer
David Jaunai .... sound
Ray Palagy .... sound designer
Tony Slocum .... dialogue editor
Rick Wessler .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Jeremy Saulnier .... special effects makeup
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Hardmon .... assistant camera
John Kirby .... second assistant camera
John Kirby .... still photographer
Daphne Pinkerson .... videographer
 
Editorial Department
Brian Cotnoir .... additional editor
Michael Yetter .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Julianne Jordan .... music supervisor (as Julianne Kelley)
Ricky Leigh Mensh .... music consultant
Tony Pipitone .... music editor
Manish Raval .... music coordinator
Manish Raval .... soundtrack coordinator
Mona Scott-Young .... music consultant (as Mona Scott)
Happy Walters .... music supervisor
Tom Wolfe .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Rachel P. Goldstein .... assistant to producer
Robert Leaver .... production assistant
Jennifer R. Meagher .... web site designer
Eleni Tsokanos .... production coordinator
Lisa West .... business affairs
Pam Widener .... script editor
 
Thanks
Al Levin .... special thanks
Daniel Levin .... special thanks
Hannah Levin .... in loving memory of (as Hannah A. Levin)
Sara Levin .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for pervasive language, a sex scene and brief violence
Runtime:
100 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Chile:14 | France:U | Iceland:12 | Norway:11 | South Korea:15 (director's cut) | South Korea:12 (video rating) (cut) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #35994)

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Goofs:
Continuity: 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:His invisible strokes are felt as he stands on the stage in front of me... a mike and a million miles away from me.See more »
Soundtrack:
I Can SeeSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, 12 February 2006
Author: mkw-5 from Finland

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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