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Gang Tapes (2001)

R | | Crime, Drama | February 2001 (USA)
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When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.

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Alonzo
Darontay McClendon ...
Cyril
Don Cambell ...
Travis
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Erik
Trivell ...
Kris
Sonja Marie ...
Kris' Mother
Aura Ruiz ...
Khandi
Tasheia Woodward ...
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Andrew Stoddard ...
Tourist Father
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Tourist Mother (as Michelle Marie White)
Rochelle ...
Tourist Daughter
Kevin Wiseman ...
Tourist Son
Dwayne Whitehead ...
Rodney
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Jerald
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Home Invasion Father
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When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.

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A coming of Rage story

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Rated R for strong violence, language, drug use and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Gang Tapes - Vida de Gangster  »

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The scene in which Darontay McClendon's character Cyril hits another man with a tire iron is based on an incident in McClendon's own life for which he did 15 months in prison. See more »

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A masterpiece
19 May 2006 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I can't adequately describe how shocked I am. I picked this movie up on a kind of lark, simply looking for something that looked interesting. I wandered into a masterpiece. From the first frame, this film is captivating, confident, and shocking. It's so good that by the end, you're holding your breath, praying that it doesn't fall apart, as you assume it must. It never does. I don't know where this movie came from, who any of the actors are, who the director is, nothing... but if you have any interest in gang behavior, or the human beings involved in it, you have no business not seeing this movie.

Seriously, folks, this is great stuff. This is coming from a guy who thought "Boyz N the Hood" was overrated, and who thought "Menace II Society" was the closest cinema was ever going to get to the streets. I was wrong. You watch this film in awe, because nobody seems to be acting, nobody seems to be directing... indeed, nothing seems to be being filmed. There is a scene where there is a home invasion and one of the women in the house is raped. I looked around the empty room I was sitting in, as if I had inadvertently become a party to a felony.

But, you ask, what is this movie ABOUT? What happens in it? What am I walking into?

Trust me, it's better not to know. I walked into this movie cold, knowing nothing but what I got from the advertising blurb. Read the back of the DVD, and plunge in like I did. You will not regret it.

I can't stress this any more: if you love cinema, you owe it to yourself to see "Gang Tapes." And yes, if you told me that an hour and thirty minutes ago, I'd have laughed heartily at you.

This isn't a gold mine. This is a cache of platinum. Stop whatever you're doing, and dive in. Trust me, you'll want to campaign in the streets for this masterpiece. Only my better judgment prevents me from doing the same.


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