IMDb > The Breaks (1999)

The Breaks (1999) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 10 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
The Breaks -- Adopted by a black family in L.A., Derrick grows up an Irish white boy who thinks he's black.When his mother catches him romantically entangled with a woman on her couch, he's thrown out with an ultimatum--he must prove he can do something right.
The Breaks -- US Home Video Trailer from Lionsgate

Overview

User Rating:
6.2/10   891 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
No change in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Mitch Mullany (writer)
Jeff Stolzer (uncredited for script)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Breaks on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
26 February 1999 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's a brother that pales by comparison.
Plot:
A Sunday in the life of Derrick King, an Irish kid raised in South Central L.A. by a Black family. He talks Black... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A great ghetto movie!!!!! See more (26 total) »

Cast

 
Isaiah Barnes ... Charles
Paula Bel ... Paula - 'the Ho'
Paul Benjamin ... Clerk
Lamont Bentley ... Darryl

George Clinton ... Himself

Loretta Devine ... Floria
Justin Doran ... Nilla
E-40 ... Judge
Pierre Edwards ... The Pimp (as Pierre)
Alex Esta ... Poet Ling Ling

Art Evans

John Farley ... Police Officer

Kevin P. Farley ... Police Officer
Ricky Harris ... Militant Leader

Charity Hill ... Dream Girl

Edwin Hodge ... Tiki

Teddy Lane Jr. ... Large Jaw Guy in Jail

Darius McCrary ... Shaquan

Eddie Mui ... Kim
Mitch Mullany ... Derrick King

Paula Jai Parker ... Ann

Carl Anthony Payne II ... Chris

Gary Payton ... Man Quizzing Derek in Prison

Clifton Powell ... Cosmo
Reynaldo Rey ... Uncle Deion
Sam Scarber ... Cop

Larry B. Scott ... Paraplegic Inmate
Speedy ... Derrick's Father
Joseph Wiggan ... Dancer

Xzibit ... Jamal

Barry Brandt ... Cop (uncredited)

WC ... Whiskers (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Eric Meza 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mitch Mullany  writer
Jeff Stolzer  uncredited for script

Produced by
Bob Shapiro .... line producer
Terry Spazek .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Carlos González 
 
Film Editing by
Matthew Colonna 
Kevin Wiebelhaus (co-editor)
 
Casting by
Betsy Fels 
Anissa Williams 
 
Production Design by
Simon Dobbin 
 
Production Management
Mark B. Lasser .... unit production manager
Laura Stuart .... production manager
Robert E. Warner .... unit production manager
 
Art Department
Scott Buckwald .... property master
Laura J. DeRosa .... art department coordinator
David Pirinelli .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Pembrooke Andrews .... assistant dialogue editor
Bobbi Banks .... supervising sound editor
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound effects editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Elisabeth Flaum .... sound effects editor
John R. Fors .... boom operator
Shawn Kennelly .... adr mixer
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Dov Schwarz .... dialogue editor
Cathie Speakman .... supervising adr editor
 
Special Effects by
Jor Van Kline .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... hazeltine optical element timing: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chris Blackwood .... stunts
Kofi Elam .... stunt double
Hollis Hill .... stunts
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Ambrose .... best boy grip
James Boniface .... generator operator
Mark J. Coyne .... assistant camera
Paul Cuffee .... gaffer
Craig Lerner .... grip
Richard A. Ludt .... key grip
Barry Norwood .... first assistant camera
Paul Ott .... grip
Tyler Williams .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Richard A. Harrison .... preview music editor
 
Transportation Department
John W. Barbee .... transportation coordinator
James Boniface .... driver
Sean C. Ryan .... picture car coordinator
 
Other crew
Ted Campbell .... production assistant
Michelle A. De Mayo .... post-production accountant
Donique Patton .... script supervisor
Tory Reed .... key set production assistant
Tim Turner .... production accountant
Donald E. Wygal .... assistant production coordinator (as Don Wygal)
 
Thanks
Edward Warner .... special thanks
 

DistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated R for strong crude sexuality and language, and for violence and drug content
Runtime:
86 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Certification:

Did You Know?

Goofs:
Continuity: When the drug dealer hugs Derrick, he is alternately holding/not holding a gun between shots.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Mack (1973)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A great ghetto movie!!!!!, 22 August 2005
Author: XianXi from United States

I despise the 5.5 that this movie got. I totally loved this movie, it had everything that makes a ghetto movie funny and it was done very well. Mitch Mullany plays Derrick who is a white boy who keeps having bad luck with his "fathers" at an early age and finally ends up with a loving black family. The story follows Derrick through a typical day in the hood: Gangs, Police, Mama, Girls, Job and his friends. This movie is very entertaining in my opinion but you might need to be able to relate to the material or just be open minded. If you find swimming in a yellow pool to escape a coming out of the closet gang leader with your friend who nearly gets sodomized by an Eastern African artifact pulp fiction style while a screaming homosexual smears butter on your back then you would love this movie. I was looking forward to Mitch writing another funny story like this but haven't seen him do anything except have a short cameo in the beginning of "The Sweetest Thing". I give this movie a 3 out of 4 stars for what it is.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (26 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Breaks (1999)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
This movie is hilarious! Ajs_love4ever
the pimp and hos bhall4472
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Putney Swope Crash Sol Goode Freeway Frozen River
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.