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A pair of violent Men have spiritual awakenings.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver 'Power' Grant ...
Knowledge (as Power)
Louie Rankin ...
Stan Drayton ...
Wise (as Stanley Drayton)
James Parris ...
Ben Chavis ...
Rev. Saviour (as Minister Benjamin F. Muhammed)
Jay Black ...
John 'B.J.' Bryant ...
Thug #1


Tommy Brown and his friend Sincere are gangsters who have learned how to make a good living by dealing drugs and pulling armed robberies. Tommy and Sincere have been able to move out of the ghetto in Queens where they were raised and relocate to an upscale section of Manhattan; they would seem to have it made, but both realize that their lives are headed toward a dead end. Sincere begins getting in touch with his African roots and tries to convince his girlfriend Tionne that they should emigrate to the Motherland, while Tommy has a religious awakening and joins the Nation of Islam. Written by Anonymous

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Money, power, respect... but who's got your back?


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Könnyű pénz  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,454,776 (USA) (6 November 1998)


$9,630,169 (USA) (22 January 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The music video playing on the television when Kisha (Taral Hicks) is in bed, is actually Taral's own video for her second single "Silly" which was released before the movie came out. See more »


Tommy 'Buns' Bundy: What the fuck is wrong with this nigga? That's your man. That's your man.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »


Back to Life
(a cappella version)
Performed by Soul II Soul
Written by Jazzie B (as Trevor Berrisford Romeo)
Published by SONY/ATV Music
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Derivative, but fantastic, see it
9 March 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I really get p***ed off at movie critics sometimes. This is one of those times. I have insomnia, see what's on TV, check the rating (1 star out of 4) and almost pass it by, but decide to watch it for the camp value.

Why did critics hate this? Why do they in general hate movies like this? The film immediately reminded me of "The Harder They Come", "Pusher" (Nicolas Winding Refn's fantastic Danish film), "Laws of Gravity", "Kids", "Clerks", "Mean Streets", "Zebrahead", "The Killing of A Chinese Bookie", "Boogie Nights", "Rome, Open City" and "The Bicycle Thief". Why does it seem that film critics love neo-realism if its 'white', but usually hate it otherwise.

If you're a fan of these kinds of movies, give this one a chance. Unfortunately, with the unfavorable judgment from up on high that this film received, I doubt anyone will read these words. Darn critics. I don't usually insinuate things like this, but I have to wonder if a racial aspect is at play here, that maybe xenophobia deflected a lot of critics from giving this one a chance. Oh well, I loved it in any case.

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