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Belly (1998)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  4 November 1998 (USA)
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A pair of vicious black gangsters 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)
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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The film they watch at DMX's house is Gummo (1997). See more »


Tommy 'Buns' Bundy: Once I found out the clock was ticking, it's get the glock, I'mma stick him, nah, kill 'em cause revenge is all a nigga think about in the end, but I'm goin' on a binge, brother, to my sins. Fuck y'all niggas. Born by myself, die by myself. Place the triggers. And if you don't know don't know what it's gon' be in the end... T minus 3, 2, 1... Amen.
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References Goodfellas (1990) See more »


Bam Bam
Performed by Sister Nancy
Written by Winston Riley
Published by Westbury Music/Prophesy Music Publishing
Courtesy of Westbury Music Ltd.
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Classic Hip Hop/Rap culture movie! Excellent!
28 July 2002 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Despite any other negative reviews I truly enjoy this movie! The plot line parallels Scarface very closely but is done in such a different way that the movie has a feel of its own. The acting is excellent, and not just for rappers. All the performances in the movie can hold their own without any pretext. The plot in fast paced and intricate with twists, turns, ups and downs. The language is graphic but not unrealistic for the type of characters portraited. All in all this movie is entertaining from start to finish and all of my friends that have watched it with me have enjoyed it (even those that don't like rap at all).

8 out of 10

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