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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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Writers:
Steven Wolfson (written by) &
Adam Ripp (written by)
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A coming of Rage story
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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. | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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An Interesting Video if You're in the Mood for It 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
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91 min
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With the exception of Darris Love, all of the lead actors in this movie were former gang members from Watts and South-Central Los Angeles.See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
An Interesting Video if You're in the Mood for It, 17 February 2008
Author: writerasfilmcritic from western US

"Gang Tapes" doesn't pussyfoot around. One is immediately assailed by so many utterances of the word "niggah" that you begin to wonder why most black people are so offended when they hear "whitey" say it. The term brackets practically every declarative sentence in the dialog. Nearly as bad is the continuous use of profanity of the most objectionable sort. "Cyril" is the worst of this group of violent young criminals. Just out of jail, the first thing he does is take a tire iron to the head of a guy walking down the street with his girlfriend. The apparently senseless act starts a cycle of violence between the gang and their chief rivals in the hood that takes out one after another of the film's main characters. Ironically, we never find out exactly what happened to Cyril. Engaged in a violent argument with Alonzo and his fellow gang members following an aborted home invasion, he utters one of the film's most memorable lines: "Niggah, I don't give a f**k if you don't give a f**k so shut the f**k up, mothahf**kah ... niggah!" Later, while practicing with his Uzi in the L.A. River basin, he explains to Kris how his name was changed from "Action" to Cyril. Here, he comes off as slightly less violent and stupid than at other times, although he is still strangely immature for his age. "It was long before you started coming outside," he explains to his young comrade. Another of the gang members actually strikes one as thoughtful. He wants out of the lifestyle and attempts to discourage Kris from becoming either a carbon copy of his older brother, the crack salesman Alonzo, for whom there are actually ethical lines he refuses to cross, or much worse, the unapologetic sociopath, Cyril, who recognizes no boundaries.

I have to disagree with those who claim the film is so brilliant that it is without significant flaws. The low quality of the video is evident throughout, and although amateurish use of the camera would be expected from a 14-year-old amateur videographer (who must be given points for creating a stable platform on the handle bars of his bike), it keeps the movie from being as good as it might have been. Also, the theme music behind the audio track practically drowns out the conversation at several points and is very distracting. The party scenes and rap sessions are overlong, annoying, and too noisy. Several of the young women in the film are quite pretty, well-dressed and intelligent, which adds a pleasant element, but frankly, one does not expect that to be the case in a bad neighborhood. Alonzo's girlfriend is especially cute, as is the voluptuous young woman who decides to make the virginal Kris "into a man." His mom is one of the nicest looking ladies, by the way, although she seems strangely unaware of the life and death struggle going on with her two sons. The final credits reveal that she performed several of the songs for the movie. All in all, this is an interesting movie, if rather shocking and overwhelming. Despite the talent of the actors, the subject matter does not reflect well on black people, in general. As such, it is understandable if some object to it's airing, although the suppression and censorship of artistic expression should never be embraced.

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