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The Wood (1999)

While dealing with a friend's cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roland's Mother (as Elayn Taylor)
Trent Cameron ...
Young Alicia
Mrs. Hughes
Stacey (as De'Aundre Bonds)
Mike's Mother
Wyking Jones ...
Cashiers in Mini Mart
Geoffrey Blackshire ...
Cashiers in Mini Mart
Mike's Brother


On the wedding day of a writer's friend, things aren't looking good when the groom goes missing before the ceremony. During his and his other male friend's effort to retrieve him, that writer named Mike can't help but tell the story of his youth with his friends. Ever since he met them on his first day at a new school, they shared the common experiences of growing up and life's discoveries. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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From boyhood to manhood, you can always count on your best friends.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amigos por siempre  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,515,223, 18 July 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,047,631, 17 October 1999
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While writing his screenplay, Rick Famuyiwa worked fulltime at the Beverly Hills branch of Niketown. See more »


When Alicia is singing along to "If This World Were Mine" at the dance, her lips are out of sync with the music. See more »


Mike: You would've sworn they were professors at Harvard. They had breath mints down to a science.
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References Jerry Springer (1991) See more »


"I Know You Got Soul
Performed by Eric B. & Rakim (as Eric B. and Rakim)
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Not only a warming comedy but a great, realistic and positive 'childhood to manhood' story
22 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Wood starring Omar Epps, Taye Diggs, Sean Nelson, Melinda Williams, De' Aundre Bonds and Antwon Tanner was a perfect positive black film that deserves alot of credit. Unlike The Best Man, it doesn't have a boring pre-wedding story - actually it's a lot of fun as the three friends talk about their fun childhood in 'The Wood' a.k.a Inglewood, California. The flashback scenes are done so nicely and the characters are written in detailed fashion and come across very realistically.

When I first seen the trailer I was like it would probably be an O.K. movie but it was alot better than I could possibly expect and turns out to be a big winner, this is a sleeper for 1999


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