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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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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 ... 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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Taglines:

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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Details

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

Released the same year (1991) and preserved in the National Film Registry the same year (2002) as Beauty and the Beast (1991). In addition, Laurence Fishburne (Furious Styles) was considered for the role of the Beast. See more »

Goofs

The California license plate on Furious Styles' VW Beetle in the 1984 scenes was not available until 1987. See more »

Quotes

[after all the men shove their way past the women to get to the food first]
Tre Styles: Hey, hey! Why don't you all act like gentlemen and let these ladies eat first.
[He motions to Doughboy for assistance]
Doughboy: Yeah. Y'all act like you ain't never had no barbecue before. The ladies eat. Ho's gotta eat too.
Shalika: Wait a minute, niggah, who you callin' a ho? I ain't no ho!
Doughboy: Oh, I'm sorry bitch.
Mrs. Baker: [She smacks Doughboy] Hey, hey! Watch your mouth.
Doughboy: I'm just playin'!
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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 »


Soundtracks

Just Ask Me To
Written by Al B. Sure! (as Al B. Sure), Kyle West and Chubb Rock
Produced by Al B. Sure! (as Al B. Sure) and Kyle West
Performed by Tevin Campbell featuring Chubb Rock
Courtesy of Qwest Records
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Remarkable Film From First-Time Director
19 April 2004 | by evanreverbSee all my reviews

An exemplary directorial debut from John Singleton, who managed to create an American classic with his first effort.

As we follow Tre Styles from childhood toward becoming a young adult (as played effectively by Cuba Gooding, Jr.), and attempting to dodge, with the cautious guidance of his parents, the many dangers and risks associated with growing up in inner-city America, the sense of ever-present danger and, often, hopelessness associated with attempting to avoid falling into the cracks of society is abundantly clear.

In the role of Tre's troubled friend Dough Boy, Ice Cube is something of a revelation, and his balanced performance, alongside Singleton's excellent script, prevent him from becoming merely another gangster caricature. Lawrence Fishburne and Morris Chestnut add further depth to a strong cast.

All in all a very real, gritty depiction of the challenges faced at every turn by African American men and women in modern America. The building anger bristling beneath the surface in so many scenes is particularly resonant given the outburst of violence in the Rodney King Riots that took place in the very same city of the story just one year later.

The film spawned several 'urban gang flick' imitations in subsequent years, but most glorified violence and placed an emphasis on a loud soundtrack and sexual explicitness at the expense of strong plot-line, good character development and a serious social message.

All three are to be found in Boyz N the Hood.


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