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Waist Deep (2006)

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An ex-convict (Tyrese) gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Newscaster #1
Henry Hunter Hall ...
Junior (as H. Hunter Hall)
Johnny C. Pruitt ...
Newscaster #2
Meat (as The Game)
Wil E. Young ...
DeWayne Turrentine Jr. ...
Gangster #1 (as Syco Smoov)
Gangster #2
Black Security Guard (as Terrell Clayton)
Ray Bengston ...
White Security Guard


In South Los Angeles, while bringing his beloved son Junior back home from school, the paroled ex-convicted O2 promises his son that he would always come back to him and never leave him alone. However, his car is hijacked and Junior is kidnapped. Without any lead, O2 forces the street vendor Coco to help him to find where his car might have been sent for disassembling. Meanwhile, O2's addicted brother Lucky discovers that the cruel leader of the Outlaw Syndicate, the drug lord Meat, is keeping the boy arrested in a room and asking a ransom of US$ 100,000.00 that he believes O2 have from an old heist. O2 and Coco plot a scheme to put the pimp P-Money and Meat against each other and steal their money. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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His son. His life. His freedom. He's taking them all back. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 June 2006 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$9,404,180 (USA) (23 June 2006)


$21,318,194 (USA) (28 July 2006)

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Junior is played by the son of writer/director Vondie Curtis-Hall. See more »


During the scene where Big Meat chops off the hand of a guy, the blood appears on the floor and then disappears. See more »


O2: Don't even try it. Payback from Big Meat.
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References Set It Off (1996) See more »


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another gangsta film
11 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Waist Deep is another in the never ending black gangster films depicting a group of people the simply don't exist anywhere. O2, the misunderstood ex-con trying to get his life back on track, gets car-jacked while his son is sleeping the back seat of the car. His son winds up in the hands of a gangster that owns the streets, dismembering and killing with impunity. O2 and his posse rob banks and rich people trying to get enough money to buy his son back. Lots of action and blood in a well made film with inadequate dialog. If you like lots of gangster speak and culture, you'll like this film. Otherwise, it's a lot like all the other gangster films out there – pick one.

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