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New Jack City (1991)

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A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nino Brown
... Scotty Appleton (as Ice T)
... Gee Money
... Pookie
... Stone
... Selina
... Duh Duh Duh Man
... Park
... Old Man
Christopher Williams ... Kareem Akbar
... Nick Peretti
... Keisha
... Uniqua
... Frankie Needles
... Reverend Oates
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Storyline

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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They're a new breed of gangster. The new public enemy. The new family of crime. See more »


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

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8 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cidade do Novo Paraíso  »

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,039,622, 10 March 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,624,253
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first of four movies that Mario Van Peebles and Ice-T would work on together. The others are Crazy Six (1997), Judgment Day (1999) and Guardian (2001). Also he works with Chris Rock again on Panther (1995). See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie Pooky is riding away on a bike. When he is riding down the stairs you can see that it is not the same bike. The handlebars are different. As he starts off it is a straight bar, when going down the stairs it is lower and has a pad on the cross bar. See more »

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[as Frankie Needles departs from a nightclub, Nick and Scottie stick him up]
Nick Peretti: Behind Door Number One, your head explodes like a melon!
Scotty Appleton: Behind door Number Two, you hook us up with Gee Money and get the prize, Nino Brown.
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Referenced in Human Traffic (1999) See more »

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FACTS OF LIFE
Written by D. Madden, C. McIntosh, T. Jacobs and K. Nicholas
Produced by Danny Madden and Carl McIntosh
Performed by Danny Madden
Courtesy of Eternal Records / WEA Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Fast paced ghetto gangsta fantasy with an important message
31 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Van Peebles directs a great cast in this detached-from-reality film about a truly evil drug-lord with a head for business and murder (Snipes), and a tough, street-wise pair of cops (Ice-T and Judd Nelson) hell-bent on bringing him down. The message is an important one - slogans are not going to win the war on drugs, and the way the message is carried in the film is more subtle than you might expect. The end of the film makes the point very clear, and I won't discuss it because I do not write spoilers. Like many of the more intelligent films made in the early 1990s, New Jack City is also an indictment of the euphoria of the Reagan years - telling the true story of what that time was like for those living from paycheck to paycheck, or trying to live without one, and dealing with the invisible "war on drugs" which had little to no effect on anybody in our inner-city neighborhoods.

Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne and Chris Rock give stand-out performances, and the rest of the cast provide excellent support. The film also stars New York City, and definitely has an NYC flavor (seasoned with more than a pinch of Hollywood). The cinematography is a little breathless - not unusual for the genre but in this case a bit extreme. The script is good, but perhaps too dense with rich plot details. And the editing provides a few pacing problems toward the middle of the film which, combined with the over-abundance of subplots, detract from the development of the main themes. The soundtrack is excellent - including a nice mix of hip-hop, rap, contemporary soul, and dance music - all blended nicely with the imagery of the film. Van Peebles style is well developed in this film, but I felt that some aspects of the plot were a little too outrageous for the seriousness of the film's message, and I fear that the message may have been lost on many of the film's viewers.

Overall, this is a good film. Entertaining and thoughtful, but definitely not for everybody.


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