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  (in credits order)

Allen Payne ... Tristan

Angelle Brooks ... Martine

Michael Taliferro ... Simon (as Michael 'Bear' Taliferro)

William L. Johnson ... E. Bone

Aaron D. Spears ... Money

Andrew Divoff ... Det. Tyler

Richard Lawson ... Uncle Rob

Marlon Young ... Twinkie

Dee Freeman ... Violet
Gail Fulton Ross ... Hazel
Veronica Redd ... Nana

Anthony Sherwood ... Melvin
Myquan Jackson ... Wren
Latamra Smith ... Nicole
Brandon Hammond ... Young E. Bone
W.B. Alexander ... Young Tristan

Percy Daggs III ... Young Money
Dana Bair ... Young Simon

Clarence Williams III ... Benny

William Forsythe ... Det. Torrance
Diane Fauteux ... Young Martine
William K. Butler ... Big Time (as William Butler)
Chris Thornton ... Lathan
William Springfield ... Soul Train

Pooch Hall ... Billy 'Schlep Rock' Brown (as Marion Hall)
Martin Roach ... Uncle Pee Wee

David Julian Hirsh ... Lloyd
Anthony Nuncio ... Jack Escobar
Nikki Timmons ... Monica Dahl (as Nicole McLean)
Kenny Robinson ... Sam
Nadia-Leigh Nascimento ... Maribelle
Stephanie Sams ... Young Joanie

Linette Doherty ... Joanie (as Linette Robinson)
Aaron Drummond ... Buzz
Tara Baxter ... Oral Girl
David Collins ... Gant
Michael A. Miranda ... Vinnie (as Silvio Oliviero)
Wanda Arab ... Angel
Boyd Mooney ... Dr. Fulton (as Boyd C. Mooney)
Fabian Cromwell ... Day-Day
Mark Alleyne ... Maceo
Michael Washington ... Zeno
Mahogany Marcial ... Martine's Girlfriend
Emily Bruhier ... Martine's Girlfriend
Corey Taylor ... Guy in Hall

Craig Ross Jr. ... Man at the Window
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bart Bedford ... Peewee (uncredited)
Ian Tench ... Gang Member #4 (uncredited)

Directed by
Craig Ross Jr. 
Writing credits
Craig Ross Jr. (written by)

Produced by
Rand Chortkoff .... executive producer
Mike Erwin .... producer
Bryan Hinds .... producer (as Brian 'Killa B' Hinds)
Mark Holdom .... executive producer
J. Max Kirishima .... producer
Ronn Roberts .... co-producer
Craig Ross Jr. .... executive producer
David Shoshan .... executive producer
Scott Thomas .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Jan Pomerans 
Cruel Timothy 
Cinematography by
Carl Bartels (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Craig Ross Jr. 
Casting by
Cathy Henderson  (as Cathy Henderson Martin)
Dori Zuckerman 
Production Design by
Heather Young 
Art Direction by
Heather Young 
Costume Design by
Lauda Swan 
Chasia (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Billie-Joe Daken .... assistant hair stylist (as Billie Joe Daken)
Billie-Joe Daken .... assistant makeup artist (as Billie Joe Daken)
Laurie MacDonald .... assistant hair stylist
Laurie MacDonald .... assistant makeup artist
Amanda O'Leary .... hair stylist
Amanda O'Leary .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ian Edgar .... unit production manager
Todd Remete .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David L. Hall .... third assistant director
Sean Patterson .... third assistant director
Shawn Pegg .... second assistant director
Louis Paul Tocchet .... first assistant director (as Louis Tocchet)
Art Department
Kyle Hutchison .... property master
Thomas Springer .... construction crew
Sound Department
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound effects editor
Julian Colberg .... sound coordinator
Julian Colberg .... sound effects editor
Eric Corely .... dialogue loading team
Eric Corley .... adr editor
Adam De Coster .... foley artist (as Adam DeCoster)
Peter Dressel .... foley recordist
Adam Fuller .... sound assistant
Patrick Green .... ProTools engineer
Patrick Green .... sound editor
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Michael Kreple .... adr recordist
Fabien Melanson .... boom operator
Michiko Nagai .... dialogue loading team
Eliza Pollack Zebert .... supervising adr editor
Eliza Pollack Zebert .... supervising dialogue editor
Doug Reed .... foley editor (as Douglas Reid)
Doug Reed .... foley recordist (as Douglas Reid)
Eric Reuveni .... sound coordinator
Steve Savage .... sound coordinator
Ken Skoglund .... sound re-recording mixer
Airto Smith .... sound assistant
Shelley Smith .... adr editor (as Shelly Smith)
Keith Wells .... sound virtuoso
Gerald B. Wolfe .... sound recordist (as Jerry Wolfe)
Ben Zarai .... adr recordist
Ben Zarai .... adr supervisor
Ben Zarai .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Ron Craig .... special effects coordinator
Gary Allen Ferguson .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Elton Garcia .... main title designer
Gerta Lind .... digital artist
Devin Uzan .... open title sequence
DelLeon Weins .... I/O coordinator
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Randy Boliver .... stunt coordinator
Brian Hite .... stunt consultant
Ian Tench .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Jackson .... best boy
Jeremy LeFort .... grip
Asha MacLeod .... second camera assistant
Mike McDonald .... key grip
Karen McKay .... still photographer
Scott McRae .... best boy electrician
Ian Miller .... third camera assistant
Rich Moriarty .... first camera assistant
Kelcey Parker .... dolly grip
Dean Roberts .... electrician
Larry Smith .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Allison Curren .... costume supervisor
Brenda McLeese .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Rubén García .... negative conformer (as Ruben Garcia)
Rodrigo Gutierrez .... assistant editor
Music Department
Rand Chortkoff .... executive music supervisor
Shane Drake .... music clearance
Ty Johnson .... executive music supervisor
Cruel Timothy .... musical supervisor
Transportation Department
Doug Collier .... driver
Tony Collier .... transportation coordinator
Mervin Geddes .... driver
Rob Henry .... driver
Steve Janes .... transportation captain (as Steven R. Janes)
Mark Lejeuene .... driver (as Mark Le Jeune)
Rick Turner .... driver
Jill Veinot .... driver
Other crew
Jacquie Anderson .... location manager
Simone Delfino .... assistant to producers
Gary Allen Ferguson .... gun wrangler (as Gary Ferguson)
Brian E. Francis .... accountant
Dana K. Harrloe .... production consultant (as Dana Harrloe)
Tracie Jones .... craft service
Jeremy Leslie .... location assistant
Andrea Loeman .... office production assistant
Tim Lui .... accountant
Melika Malnar .... assistant to director
Dwayne Marcial .... location assistant
Melissa McKenzie .... continuity
Melissa McKenzie .... script supervisor
Jennie Nivison .... executive assistant
Daniel Noel .... location assistant
Connie Tanaka .... production coordinator
Richard Whitcomb .... production accountant (as Richard Witcomb)
Linda White .... office production assistant

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Rated R for strong violence, language, drug content and sexuality
USA:128 min
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A "Respectable" Black Gangster Film?, 27 June 2001
Author: Leslye Allen (LJAllen) from United States

This was one of those films that came across like an attempt to create a "respectable" Black gangster film, but falls somewhere short of the mark. Centering around the drug-dealing activities of a group of childhood friends, led by "Tristan" (Allen Payne), the film fails to adequately show how Payne's character evolved into such a materialistic and brutal drug lord. Reared in what is portrayed as a happy, loving, two-parent, middle-class family, Tristan suddenly emerges as an adolescent--barely out of puberty--capable of blowing the head off of anyone who would thwart his drug-dealing enterprises. The neighborhood drug kingpin "Benny" (Clarence Williams III), who initially invited these young boys into his fold, becomes engaged in a battle for turf with his former protégés when they reach adulthood. Only Tristan, the story's protagonist, survives and leaves the drug business after having discovered that his drug-addicted younger sister is in the hospital struggling for life after having consumed an overdose of crack cocaine, the very substance with which he has built an empire.

This film is action-packed & filled with plot twists (too many), and should be a hit with a significant portion of the twenty-something-and-under audience, mainly those accustomed to heavy doses of film violence. Yet many viewers may find something almost comical, and probably disturbing, about the inexplicable personality traits of the character Tristan (Allen Payne) and the seedy and aging Benny (Clarence Williams III). Additionally, viewers familiar with Blaxploitation-era films will notice that this feature seemed to lean heavily on the film-industry-demanded formula for Black films of the 1970s, which portrayed most Black female characters as weak &/or morally deficient &/or expendable (Pam Grier excluded). There are no well-defined female characters in this film. Tristan's wife tries to appear long-suffering and wants him out of the drug business, but is attached to the luxury that his criminality affords her. Benny's girlfriend is attached to him primarily for his financial support. These factors are sure to ruffle some feathers. Other viewers, however, may see this film as an action-packed adventure and a genuine Black contribution to the genre of gangster films where audiences identify with, respect, and sometimes sympathize with characters that they wouldn't go near in real life (Can You Say "The Godfather"?) These various impressions, however, leave you wondering exactly what "Blue Hill Avenue" is trying to say or do.

All of the actors in this film, most notably Allen Payne and Clarence Williams III, breathed life into characters that we are never quite sure we believe, which says more about the immense talent of the cast than about the film itself. A sophisticated audience, however, will wonder whether some pertinent scenes are laying on the editor's floor.

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