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Light It Up (1999)

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A group of teens is bent on improving the run-down conditions of their high-school.

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Lester Dewitt
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Officer Dante Jackson
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Stephanie Williams
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Zacharias 'Ziggy' Malone
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Ken Knowles
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Rodney J. Templeton
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Lynn Sabatini
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Robert 'Rivers' Tremont
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Principal Allan Armstrong
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Capt. Monroe
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Audrey McDonald (as Vanessa L. Williams)
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On a winter day in a southside Queens high school, events collide and six students are suddenly in an armed standoff with the NYPD. At the school, classrooms freeze, teachers come and go, resources are scant. When a popular teacher is suspended, a few students protest. Jackson, a new security guard, gets tough. In a scuffle, Jackson's wounded with his own gun and a student takes him hostage. A few kids join in, for various reasons. An ineffective policewoman tries to mediate as the police plan an assault, the kids demand improvements to the school, the media pick up the story, and Jackson turns sympathetic. But are too many forces in motion for the students to stay in control? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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they don't want to be heroes they just want to be heard. See more »

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Rated R for language and violent content | See all certifications »
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10 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Generación perdida  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,408,613 (USA) (12 November 1999)

Gross:

$5,871,603 (USA) (14 January 2000)
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Trivia

This is the second time in a movie that Forest Whitaker asks another man to help him urinate. This also occurred in The Crying Game (1992). See more »

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While the two students are sitting on the floor talking in the library, the books on the shelf change between shots. See more »

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Officer Dante Jackson: Come here, son.
Lester Dewitt: Don't call me son. I'm not your son.
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Referenced in The Boondocks: Tom, Sarah and Usher (2007) See more »

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performed by Beverly Crowder
Written by John E. Rhone, Ontario Haynes, Beverly Crowder
Produced by John E. Rhone and Ontario Haynes for The Whole 9
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A long way from our parents "sit-ins"
31 July 2000 | by (Fresno, CA) – See all my reviews

After watching Light it Up, I remembered how many problems my schools had growing up, and thought to myself, I had it good. Assuming the school could actually have no windows, no textbooks, leaks in the roof, and no heating (in NYC, in the winter, I might add) I can see why the "Lincoln 6" revolted. Lester (Usher), our fearless hero, is drawn into this revolt by circumstances beyond his control. Rodney (Fredro Starr) plays the "thug minded" part of the group who only want to hurt their hostage, Officer Jackson (Forest Whitaker). The group just wants to have their favorite teacher re-hired, and their demands met. Vanessa Williams plays the negotiator Audrey, whom tries to keep the rest of the NYC police force from storming into the school and ending this "crisis".

Overall this movie delivers with it's sentimental value, however it is a little hard to believe that a High School in New York City, in the middle of winter would have few windows, no textbooks, and no heat. Also, it is known that NO school in America that have metro police officers stationed on campus are permitted to carry their firearms with them.

Even with the major mistakes in the preparation for filming, the movie emmits an overall good feeling to the viewer.


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