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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hudhail Al-Amir ... S.A.T. Man
... Knucklehead #2
... Reva Styles
... Female Club Member (as Mia Bell)
Lexie Bigham ... Mad Dog
... Little Chris
Nicole Brown ... Brandi - Age 10
Ceal ... Sheryl
... Ricky Baker
Darneicea Corley ... Keisha
... Lewis Crump (as John Cothran Jr.)
... Doughboy / Darren
Na'Blonka Durden ... Trina (as Na' Blonka Durden)
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 »

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Crime | Drama

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

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12 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boys in the Hood  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia Pictures wanted to make the picture but wanted someone other than John Singleton to direct it. Singleton believed only he could do it, replying, "Hell, no, I'm not gonna let somebody from Idaho or Encino direct a movie about living in south-central Los Angeles. They can't come in here and cast it and go through the rewrites and know exactly what aesthetics are unique to this film." See more »

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When Trey and Ricky are on their way to school in the morning, the camera rig is visible on the driver's side of the car. See more »

Quotes

Doughboy: You a monster, man. Be cussin' some motherfuckin' line. My Mom don't like that shit.
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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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Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.132 (2011) See more »

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Every Single Weekend
Written by Ice Cube, Kam (as KAM) and Boogie Men Music
Produced by Ice Cube and Boogie Men Productions
Performed by Kam (as KAM)
Courtesy of Street Knowledge Productions
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hood ornaments, but this is more than an ornament
3 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's hard to believe that John Singleton's work degenerated so in later years, because his debut was a masterpiece. We probably all have to agree that "Boyz n the Hood" was basically the first "growing up in the ghetto" movie, showing how these African-American youths are surrounded by violence during their childhoods - some perpetrated by the cops, some is their own doing - but they all have to find a way to keep going. If the movie has any problem, it's that it opened the flood gates to a series of similar inferior movies (but also the hilarious satire "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood").

Anyway, this is the one that I recommend. Cuba Gooding Jr. made a very good debut. Also starring Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long and Angela Bassett.


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