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Light It Up (1999)

 -  Drama  -  10 November 1999 (USA)
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A group of teens is bent on improving the run-down conditions of their high-school.

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Cast

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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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Arturo Orosco
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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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Rated R for language and violent content | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

ESP 1,588,550 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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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

When the students are on TV, the windows alternate being open (from the outside) & closed (from the inside) during the scenes. See more »

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Lester Dewitt: Assume the position!
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References The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »

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If Only in Heaven's Eyes
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as "Babyface")
Performed by *NSYNC (as 'N Sync)
'N Sync appears by arrangement of BMG-Ariola Muenchen GmbH, RCA Records, TransContinental Records,
Inc. and Zeeks, Inc.
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brilliant
6 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Light It Up" is smart, heart pounding and filled with suspense that will keep everyone on the edge of their seat. This is a truly smart thriller drama that takes a look at one of the biggest problems facing America.

Everything about "Light It Up" worked from the performances from relative newcomers such as Usher Raymond and Robert Ri'chard to veterans like Forest Whitaker and Vanessa L. Williams. One thing I must say about the cast of "Light It Up" they took the script and performed with the heart and intent of making this film a success.

The best thing about this movie was not the action but the message that it was trying to send the message that everyone deserves to be treated equally and with the same amount of respect.

Also, the characters were richly developed with honesty and integrity that seems to be missing from films I have been watching recently. I'm glad I got the opportunity to watch "Light It Up" because it taught me not to make judgments based upon first impressions.

Whether you like "Light It Up" or not, it will touch and move everyone who watches it. It truly is a movie that has spirit and deserves to be seen.


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