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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?


In a recent visit to USC, his alma mater, Rick Famuyiwa revealed that Paramount executives wanted the character of Mike to pinch Alicia's buttocks in the end scene for added laughs. Needless to say, Famuyiwa balked at this and never shot this. The opening Steadicam shot took almost an entire day to shoot. See more »


At Tanya's apartment, Roland throws his tie at Slim when he attacks him. In the following shot, he is seen wearing it. See more »


Roland: Man, why do you always do that? If you want the last piece, why did you ask me if I want the last piece?
Slim: I didn't ask you. But the reason I asked Mike is the same reason you asked Lisa to marry you- it sounds nice, man.
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References Scared Straight! (1978) See more »


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A Refreshing Look At How Black Movies Should Be Made
20 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

The Wood is an excellent example of how black movies should be. I think The Wood is a refreshing taste to all the depressing so called "black" movies. It does not end with the main character(s) dying or in jail. Instead three young, talented black actors:(Epps, Diggs, Jones) paint a funny, but realistic picture of what its like for kids growing up and all of their experiences. Yes, the movie casting is all black, but this movie should not have an asterisk next to it because of its casting. (Anyone who thinks otherwise should consider other "great" movies in which no minorities are included.) Overall, The Wood is a good movie with a story line that can be related to people of many different backgrounds and not just blacks. That is why, in my opinion, I think The Wood is a great movie. Congratulations to Omar Epps, Taye Diggs, and Richard T. Jones on making Hollywood see that young black actors can carry a movie in convincing fashion from beginning to end.

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