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Gang Tapes -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Steven Wolfson (written by) &
Adam Ripp (written by)
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Genre:
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A coming of Rage story
Plot:
When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A masterpiece See more (35 total) »

Cast

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Darris Love ... Alonzo
Darontay McClendon ... Cyril
Don Cambell ... Travis

Six Reasons ... Erik
Trivell ... Kris
Sonja Marie ... Kris' Mother
Aura Ruiz ... Khandi
Tasheia Woodward ... Kris' Sister
Andrew Stoddard ... Tourist Father

Michelle McGinty ... Tourist Mother (as Michelle Marie White)
Rochelle ... Tourist Daughter
Kevin Wiseman ... Tourist Son
Dwayne Whitehead ... Rodney

Bruce Lemon ... Jerald

Champagne Powell ... Home Invasion Father
Nancy Whitworth ... Home Invasion Mother
Nana Murphy ... Home Invasion Daughter
Tramonde Myers ... Big Loco
Lil' Skrappy ... Kris' Killer / Rival in Red
Celeste Bowen ... Raven
Kojo Lewis ... Minister at Funeral
Bradrick Walker ... Eight Ball
Lavale Booth ... Bully 1
Lafayette Braxton ... Bully 2
Aletha Spann ... Female Crackhead
Hajii King ... Freestyle Rapper
T. Dennis ... Crackhead on Bike
Lance Peters ... Skeeter
Shirley Hill ... Cyril's Mother
Boo Kapone ... Himself

Directed by
Adam Ripp 
 
Writing credits
Steven Wolfson (written by) &
Adam Ripp (written by)

Produced by
Quentin Drew .... associate producer
David H. Goodman .... producer
Adam Ripp .... producer
Artie Ripp .... executive producer
Steven Wolfson .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Coolio 
Kurupt 
Chino XL 
 
Cinematography by
Keith L. Smith 
 
Film Editing by
Tina Imahara 
 
Casting by
Betsy Fels 
Anissa Williams 
 
Production Design by
Thomas A. Brown 
 
Set Decoration by
Tchia Casselle 
 
Costume Design by
Angela Potts 
 
Makeup Department
Alexandrea A. Bouska .... special makeup effects artist
Kemi Cooks .... department head hair
 
Production Management
Christi Tidman .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tahmel T. Dennis .... first assistant director
Eddie L. Watkins .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Lionel Ball .... sound mixer
Jon Oh .... sound designer
Woody Stubblefield .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunt coordinator
 
Music Department
JD Hopkins .... music supervisor
Flip Floyd Wilcox .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Patrick J. Gorman .... production legal
Andre Hargunani .... script supervisor
David Albert Pierce .... production counsel
Christi Tidman .... accountant
 

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Rated R for strong violence, language, drug use and some sexuality
Runtime:
91 min
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Trivia:
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece, 19 May 2006
Author: evenbernick from Chicago

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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