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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:
Flawed but powerful film – nicely different from the usual `black youth' movies 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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MPAA:
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:
Ray Joshua:The wind is the moon's imagination wandering. It seeps through cracks, ripples the grass, explores the unknown. My love is my soul's imagination. How do I love you? Imagine.See more »
Soundtrack:
Paid in FullSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Flawed but powerful film – nicely different from the usual `black youth' movies, 4 January 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Ray Joshua is a rhymer who survives on the streets of Washington by dealing drugs. When the leader of his crew is killed right in front of him he is arrested for possession and sent to jail until the trial. In jail he finds that the world is as violent inside as out and that his prison is in his mind and not the real world. Inside he uses his skills to stop violence and meets Lauren Bell who sees potential in Ray and encourages him to better his situation and get out of his cycle.

I am a major fan of HBO's Oz and one of the more interesting actors on there is a guy called muMs who does beat poetry. When I saw Slam coming on it reminded me of him and I thought I'd watch it. I like hip-hop which has strong lyrics so it's a little like that, although I do dislike the more pretentious side of street poetry – so I could have gone either way on this. Happily I really liked it on the whole. The film is energetic and doesn't just focus on `using the gifts to get you outta da hood' type message that I expected it to. Far from it. Instead it looks at the prison Ray is in both inside and out on the street and how he needs to get out of that. I was surprised but impressed by the writer/actor's message of accepting punishment for what you've done wrong but then make yourself free after your time is done.

The film isn't perfect and the director does like to have tonnes of sunsets and stuff in his films which take away from the real feel to it. Likewise Ray is written far too soft. Rather than focus on a youth is really is trapped in a bad situation and engrained in it, the film makes Ray very soft. He is `only carrying a few grammes' of stuff, he is kind to kids and doesn't see the need to take sides in prison. The film would have been better if the character had been less `good' at the start.

However knowing a little about how it was made, made me like the film more and respect it. It was made in 9 days. The rough scene structure was laid out for each scene, but it was all improvised rather than run off a word for word script. Knowing this I was impressed by how well it all worked and how good it looked. Williams is really good as Ray and carries the beat and the emotion really well. His skills are good and when he feels trapped and wronged – you believe him. He has a good chemistry with Sohn, even if her character is a little too clean looking for the past she rages against. The support cast are all pretty good save a few gangsta roles. Those in prison are believable and the poets/rappers are all pretty tight except a few pretentious ones in the show at the end of the film.

As a ghetto movie this is well above the norm and delivers a brutally honest message for black youth to accept what they are doing, bare the consequences but then to move on with their lives. This is refreshing and does more than a lot of the black comedies that we see a lot of rappers doing now – this film may help. Even if you're not into rap or beat poetry this film has enough power in it to keep you watching.

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