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Boyz n the Hood (1991)

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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

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John Singleton
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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

This is the first of two movies in which Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett play spouses. Although in this film they are divorced, they co-starred in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) as Ike Turner and Tina Turner who are married and later divorced. See more »

Goofs

When Ricky is a child at the beginning, the gang member asks for the football so he can give it back to Ricky. Although he had the football a second earlier, he only changes his mind after Ricky turns back to face him, making him feel guilty. See more »

Quotes

The Old Man: Ain't nobody from outside bringing down the property value. It's these folk, shootin' each other and sellin' that crack rock and shit.
Furious Styles: Well, how you think the crack rock gets into the country? We don't own any planes. We don't own no ships. We are not the people who are flyin' and floatin' that shit in here.
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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 »

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Referenced in Static Shock: Toys in the Hood (2003) See more »

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Work It Out
Written by DJ Jazzy Jeff (as Jazzy Jeff) and Monie Love
Produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff (as Jazzy Jeff)
Performed by Monie Love
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc. / Chrysalis Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The best ghetto film of all time.
26 July 2004 | by sixerzpac3See all my reviews

Boyz N The Hood Directed by: John Singleton Country: USA Year: 1991 Running time: 107 minutes Starring: Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding Jr.

"I watched the news this morning. Either they don't know, don't show, or don't care about what's going on in the hood. They had all this foreign sh-t. They didn't have sh-t on my brother, man."

The mother of Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.) decides to send her son to live with his father, Furious Styles (Laurence Fishburne), after he gets into a fight at school. Furious, who lives in the heart of South Central LA, is a man that knows the values of how to respect and how to earn it. He's strict, but he's fair. Furious works as a mortgage broker.

We watch Tre mature from a young boy to his senior year in high school taking the SAT's. His two best friends are brothers. Ricky (Morris Chestnut) is a great athlete and is getting into college to support his girlfriend and infant son. The other brother, Doughboy (Ice Cube), is headed down a totally opposite path of guns, drugs, gangs, and violence. He's in and out of prison each year.

Furious knows that his son could get killed easily, as he was once involved with the gang scene himself. He wants Tre to graduate college and be good in whatever his profession may be.

As the story goes more in depth, we see that even if you aren't involved in a gang, you could still be a target. Whether it's your brother, cousin, sister, or other family member that is thee one involved with the violence, the main target could be the person in the family who stays away from the dangers of the street.

Tre and his friends are in a world where being violent is sometimes the way to live. Helicopters are heard searching for murderers every night. The police are so busy, that sometimes a 9-1-1 call could mean waiting for the police to arrive. There is even one Black-cop, who uses his power to try and intimidate young Blacks who he thinks might be involved in the gangs and violence.

This is the ultimate ghetto film, which will never be topped. All of the direction and screenplay is brilliant. Singleton doesn't use cheap scenes that get the viewer off-topic and the audience, as a whole, is always into the movie. Come into a world that most of us haven't been in. Follow the life of one boy who turns into a man as he has to not only goes through personal struggles, but has to worry about whether he'll be killed at any moment. -Pat

10/10


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