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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

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The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suge Knight (as R. Marcus Taylor)
Snoop (as Lakeith Lee Stanfield)


In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today. Written by Universal Pictures

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The world's most dangerous times created the world's most dangerous group See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hai'sher mi'Compton  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$56,100,000 (USA) (14 August 2015)


$161,029,270 (USA) (16 October 2015)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


On August 12, 2014, TMZ reported that just seven days into filming in Compton, a drive-by shooting took place directly in front of the cast and crew members while they were on the set. A group of men standing outside the Compton Courthouse flashed gang signs at a passing car and passengers in the car opened fire on the group. No one affiliated with the film was injured or hurt, but one civilian near the set was shot. Despite the incident, it was announced that filming would continue to take place as planned in the city. On January 29, 2015, Marion 'Suge' Knight was involved in a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another hospitalized. Witnesses claim that Knight followed the men after an argument on the Straight Outta Compton film set to a burger stand parking lot in Compton, and that the collisions looked intentional. Security footage video was released online in early March showing Knight running over both men but which Knight's attorney said helps his client's self-defense claim. Killed was Terry Carter, co-founder (along with Ice Cube) of Heavyweight Records and a friend of Knight. The second victim, filmmaker Cle Sloan, suffered a mangled foot and head injuries. See more »


While NWA is performing onstage on their tour, the stage lights located in the upright trussing onstage have LED PAR stage lights inside of the truss. LED PAR stage lighting was not used until after 2005. See more »


[Eric is upset that Jerry had embezzled money from him]
Eazy-E: Here's what's about to happen. I'm gonna get N.W.A back together. And you ain't gonna have nothing to do with it this time.
Jerry Heller: Why the fuck can you even say something like that? What the fuck is going on with you, man? I know what's good for you, I know what's good for Ruthless, and we have worked up a trust after years of hard work and that trust is our foundation, Eric. I don't give a shit.
[Eric is coughing]
Jerry Heller: [concerned] Eric? How is it man? ...
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Crazy Credits

The only opening credits are graffiti writings of the main characters and their actors. See more »


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Al Naafiysh (The Soul)
Written by Jerry Calliste, Jr.
Performed by Hashim
Courtesy of Cutting Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

Emotional, entertaining, riveting.
30 April 2017 | by (Orlando, Florida.) – See all my reviews

Wow, what a movie. Where to begin? So I saw highlights of this movie on HBO and what drew me in wasn't the actual backstory of N.W.A. but the soundtrack. I love music so that drew me in immediately, considering that I knew most of the songs. I don't know how true to life this movie is, but I was impressed with both Ice Cube's and Easy-E's character. This movie explains (to me anyway) why Ice Cube hardly ever smiles, and I had no idea he was a key contributor to N.W.A. Ice Cube was and still is a really talented dude. Same with Dre - his scratching - was amazing to watch. To be honest, this movie has some emotional elements to it, despite the Compton feel and hardcore background. I cried when Dre got the bad news and when Easy-E found out he had AIDS.

It was a completely riveting movie and all the actors did a phenomenal job, especially Ice Cube's son. He pulled off his Dad perfectly!

Great movie 10/10.

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