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Belly (1998)

A pair of violent Men have spiritual awakenings.

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Knowledge (as Power)
Louie Rankin ...
Stan Drayton ...
Wise (as Stanley Drayton)
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Ben Chavis ...
Rev. Saviour (as Minister Benjamin F. Muhammed)
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Jay Black ...
John 'B.J.' Bryant ...
Thug #1
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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?

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

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4 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Könnyű pénz  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The scene of Sincere (Nas) and the 12 year old boy on the park bench is a direct reference to the last verse from Nas' song "One Love", off his 1994 debut album Illmatic. See more »

Quotes

Kisha: Not only she know you but she said she sucked your little black dingaling last night! So what you got to say now huh?
Tommy 'Buns' Bundy: Bitch is lyin!
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References New Jack City (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Windpipe
Performed by Wu-Tang Clan (as Wu-Tang Clan) featuring RZA, Ghostface Killah and Ol' Dirty Bastard (as ODB)
Written by Robert Diggs, Jr. p/k/a/ RZA and Dennis Coles p/k/a/ Ghostface Killah (as Ghostface)
Published by Wu-Tang Publishing (BMI)/Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc.
o/b/o itself administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc.
Courtesy of Def Jam Records
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Ahead of it's time
8 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many will say that this film is "Too much like a music video" and in many regards it is. However this movie has many strong points, mainly it's beautiful visuals, the heart-pumping soundtrack, and it's overall lasting power. Visually this movie is amazing, the deep colors and reflective surfaces give it a fairy tale appearance. Although this style has been done since (i.e;Traffic), in Belly it works well.

This visual presentation does not carry the whole movie though. The story line is decent (Think Scarface, or Blow) it is nothing that has not been done before. Although with belly you don't have any remorse for the main character as you do with tony montanya.

This film is great on a big plasma TV with surround sound. on a tiny TV with built in speakers...it is lame.


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