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Light It Up (1999)

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

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Principal Allan Armstrong
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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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Drama | Thriller

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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  »

Box Office

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,408,613 (USA) (14 November 1999)

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$5,871,603 (USA) (16 January 2000)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Officer Dante Jackson: Come here, son.
Lester Dewitt: Don't call me son. I'm not your son.
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Connections

Features The Negotiator (1998) See more »

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Catz Don't Know
Written by DMX (as E. Simmons) and Anthony Fields (as A. Fields)
Performed by DMX
Produced by Anthony Fields (as P. Killer Trackz) for Ruff Ryders Productions, Inc.
DMX appears courtesy of Ruff Ryders Entertainment and The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Blechh...
19 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this movie to be preachy and unrealistic. It tries to be a movie showing kids fighting against the system, but it doesn't even present a positive solution. I guess I didn't feel really for the kids. I totally can understand what their gripes were and I know how poor the state of schools are, but I found their solution and the way the outside dealt with it to be a big bunch of phooey. If this comes on TV, don't waste your time. Watch Short Circuit again for the 235th time.


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