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Two brothers from Alabama struggle to rise above the ghetto rap scene to land a major record deal in Chicago in this journey through love, sibling rivalry, betrayal, violence and redemption. | Add synopsis »
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Marisa Baldwin-Woodhouse ... Lawyer

T'Shaun Barrett ... Turf (as T'Shaun Laren)
Jocelyn Buchanan ... Herself - Singer
Nefra Burlock ... Tiffany Love (as Nefra Brown)
Jah-Rista ... Jeffery Love / Rhythym
Suzette Lloyd ... Mother
Lester Loyd III ... Red
Kenya Robertson ... Michelle
Kennedy Safo ... Khali
Oral Sledge ... Deacon
Soundmaster T ... Terry Love
Bryan Turner ... Himself

Carl Wright ... Minister

Directed by
Parris Reaves 
Writing credits
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Parris Reaves 

Produced by
Larry Flash Jenkins .... executive producer
Parris Reaves .... producer
Kennedy Safo .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Joey Domaracki 
Film Editing by
Irwin D. Dammers 
Casting by
Parris Reaves 
Sound Department
Robert Aguilar .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Matthew Stratton .... special effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Andre .... gaffer
Geoffrey Fingerhut .... grip
Matt Johnson .... assistant camera
Jean-Baptiste LeConte .... grip
David Vlasits .... assistant camera
Music Department
Soundmaster T .... musical director

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Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content, drug use and some violence
87 min | Greece:84 min


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
What a great film!!!, 4 January 2004
Author: chuckopolis_empire from Russellville, KY

What a terrible film...

There are two types of idiots that the director of 'When Thugs Cry' can be classified under: just a stupid, lazy fool, or one of those idiots that tries to be extremely intelligent and artsy. The filmwork in this movie is so terrible that it is nearly headache inducing. At one point, the tone will be a deep sepia and the next it will be full color. The sound editing is simply horrid, at one point being loud with cars passing by, then cutting to another character and hearing the yells of children in the background.

If this film was indeed made with a script at hand, then it could not have been very well written. It's completely indulged with stereotypes and random 'drama' thrown in there occasionally. At one point, there is a feud between a couple, and the next minute there is a concert going on where everyone, including the main character's significant other, sings his praises. The random outbursts of tragedies go by so quickly that one barely notices them. They are also proven insignificant because of the weak character development. One really does not care when a character is beaten to a point that is nearly fatal, nor does one care when a character is raped.

But, hey, at least Soundmaster-T produced that wonderful gem of music that is '2 Much Booty (In 'Da Pants)'

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