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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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)
Gaddiel Otero ...
Arturo Orosco
Frank Dominelli ...
Sgt. Tortino
Reggie Theus ...
Intel. Officer #1
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Intel. Officer #2
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violent content | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

10 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Generación perdida  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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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Did You Know?

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

At the beginning of the movie, Stephanie is tapping a purple pen on her notebook when the ceiling leaks and a close-up of her hand is shown to let us see the water. In the close-up she has a pink pen, then it cuts back to her holding the purple pen. This was fixed on the DVD but it remains on the VHS version of the movie. 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

Referenced in The Boondocks: Tom, Sarah and Usher (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Free to Believe
Written by Jon B.
Performed by Jon B. (as Boogotti), Silky Deluxe and DominiQuinn (as the group Jack Herrera)
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Melodramatic at times but half decent effort
2 January 2001 | by (Toronto, Ont. Canada) – See all my reviews

After a high school teacher (Nelson) is fired on the spot during class, the students of this beat up run down H S take matters into their own hands after one of them (Ziggy) has an altercation with a police officer (Whitaker). Things quickly spiral out of control and the lives and futures of a half dozen students end up in the palm of one young student, Lester (Raymond) as they hold the police officer hostage in the school they have grown to despise. Not bad outing for many of the young actors and although everything plays out like a bad TV movie, the moral of the movie is sent clear and simple. It tends to be a little too melodramatic (very much like AMERICAN HISTORY X with the sappy loud music at the end.) and instead of ending it, it gets worse and worse gradually. But what teen would notice, especially seeing likeable characters such as Lester and Rivers? A good teen movie overall, but anyone older will roll their eyes.


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