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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Sincere: I feel it's the only way. I don't feel a need to play the whole part in the entire movement. But, yo, if you just raise your family right, if I just live righteously, I be all right. Yo, my whole life is dedicated to change.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »


Performed by Temple of Soul
Written by Ilhan Ersahin, Lisa Rudolph, Daniel Wyatt, Charles Stella
Published by Wax Poetic Music
Courtesy of Temple of Soul NYC and Pozitif Records
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One of the better "Urban/Hip-Hop" Movies of the 90's
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off this is one of those movie where you either hate it or love it. I loved the movie. I found it to be one of the better urban movies to come out in the 90's not better then boyz n da hood or menace II society. But It was the best one that centered around life in New York's crime underworld. I also think it's DMX's best movie so far. The movie is stylishly filmed by Director Hype WIlliams and the characters are extremely realistic. The dialog is also realistic. The movie might fall short when it comes to how the plot is set up and the overall development of the characters. That is not to say that the movie doesn't have an overall significant meaning because it does. It addresses some of the problems that face inner city youth today. Most people that don't like this movie fail to realize this fact. The minister character in the movie is not important but rather what he is saying is. With that said I feel that the movie takes bold steps to show how certain ways of life are wrong and why they should be changed. The movie is also not your typical crime/drug movie however it does have some of those moments that could have been rethought to be a bit more interesting. With all that said I recommend the movie to be at least watched once because if nothing else the movie does have a great soundtrack and decent plot.

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