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Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | | Crime, Drama | 12 July 1991 (USA)
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Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

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John Singleton

Writer:

John Singleton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hudhail Al-Amir Hudhail Al-Amir ... S.A.T. Man
Lloyd Avery II ... Knucklehead #2
Angela Bassett ... Reva Styles
Miya McGhee ... Female Club Member (as Mia Bell)
Lexie Bigham ... Mad Dog
Kenneth A. Brown Kenneth A. Brown ... Little Chris
Nicole Brown Nicole Brown ... Brandi - Age 10
Ceal Ceal ... Sheryl
Morris Chestnut ... Ricky Baker
Darneicea Corley Darneicea Corley ... Keisha
John Cothran ... Lewis Crump (as John Cothran Jr.)
Ice Cube ... Doughboy / Darren
Na'Blonka Durden Na'Blonka Durden ... Trina (as Na' Blonka Durden)
Susan Falcon Susan Falcon ... Mrs. Olaf
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ... Officer Coffey (as Jesse Ferguson)
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Storyline

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Once upon a time in South Central L.A. ... It ain't no fairy tale See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boys in the Hood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,023,462, 14 July 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,504,069
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an October 20, 2014 Nerdist podcast, Paul Reubens revealed that John Singleton was security for the set of Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986). John Singleton would also present his script to Laurence Fishburne and Mr. Reubens and ask for their opinion. This would eventually lead to Fishburne winding up being cast in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Tre is raking the leaves, his lawn is green. When he leaved the house the next day, the lawn is dead. See more »

Quotes

Doughboy: Fool you don't go to college to be talkin' to no bitches. Your black ass 'posed to be learnin' somethin'. Can't learn shit talkin' to no stupid ass bitch.
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Crazy Credits

After the epilogue of what happens to Doughboy and Tre, the words "Boyz n the Hood: Increase the Peace" appears onscreen See more »

Alternate Versions

The Criterion Collection laserdisc features two scenes deleted from the theatrical version. They are as follows: Tre and his mother have a telephone conversation about his future with Brandi and college. Doughboy has a confrontation with Furious after Ricky gets shot. See more »

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Sunshower
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Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Hard, thoughtful film with messages for everybody
27 May 2005 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

John Singleton's Boyz n the Hood remains one of the best fictionalized and most poignant summaries of some of America's toughest internal problems - racism, violence, poverty, and drug abuse. This is not a hip-hop film, nor a detached and dehumanized story about "gang violence" (the great over-simplified scapegoat of the issues treated in this film), its a story about growing up fatherless or motherless in a war zone with a faceless enemy, where people do not value each other's lives at all and value their own lives only slightly more.

Laurence Fishburn leads one of the best casts of the early 1990s, in his memorable portrayal of Furious Styles, a father trying to raise his son (Cuba Gooding Jr) well in an environment where murder and substance abuse are day-to-day realities - South Central L.A. The film follows his son, Tre, and his friends, from the hardships of childhood in an irrelevant educational system and a neighborhood which doesn't allow kids to be kids, through to the realities of making decisions about the value of life and the development of responsibility and hope as young adults.

The cast disappears into their characters and brings each one to life in a unique and powerful way. losing the identities of big personalities like Fishburne and Ice Cube is no mean feat. Many of the performances recorded here are award-worthy - Fishburne, Bassett, Chesnutt, Gooding, and Ice Cube are especially memorable. For me personally, this is the film that convinced me that Ice Cube was destined to become a major personality in American cinema. While I had enjoyed some of his music prior to this film, it was here that I was first exposed to his versatility and intelligence as an actor.

While some may see some of the film's messages as heavy-handed, and others might have issues with the fact that the film deals with so many of the problems of inner-city life in a very 'in-your-face' almost archetypal manner, I find these criticisms impossible to justify.

This is a great film about real issues, sensitively portrayed and thoughtfully examined. Every American who cares about the vast untapped potential of our people ought to take a long, hard look at this one. These are not 'black problems', they are everybody's problems, and their solutions will require everybody's understanding. I could think of far worse places to begin developing that understanding than Boyz n the Hood.


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