Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, ... See full summary »
4 Harlem teens, Q, Bishop, Raheem and Steel, are out skipping school one day when they find out an old friend was killed in a shootout at a bar. After this, Bishop tells his friends that they have no respect, or juice. To get some, they rob a corner grocery store, but things take an unexpected turn. Only the four friends know what happened, but one of them is out for himself.Written by
The film was originally written as a speculative script by Ernest R. Dickerson and Gerard Brown while they were in film school. Producer David Heyman go ahold of the script from his friend and co-Producer Peter Frankfurt, who read it and immediately loved it. They met with Dickerson to discuss making it into a movie soon thereafter. See more »
When Raheem walks over to take the gun from Bishop a gun can be seen in Bishop's left pocket. Bishop then pulls out a second gun from behind him with his right hand. See more »
You need to have respect for me. I was almost your father but the line was too long!
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Does Your Man Know About Me
Written by Rahiem (as Guy Williams), Roosevelt Simmons and M. Bryant
Performed by Rahiem
Produced by Rough Daddy Smooth & The Players
Co-Produced by Tony "Champagne" Silvester See more »
Top performances from Epps and Shakur make this film watchable, the story a fairly mundane one of street youth gangs drifting into crime in search of kicks, streetcred and "juice" (or power). Shakur is the nutter who leads the way on a downward spiral, eager to get involved in any crazy venture and leading his more cautious friends down with him, Epps the good kid hoping to escape the ghetto life through his DJing skills. Uniformly good acting especially from the two leads, cameos from Queen Latifah and Samuel L. Jackson, tense atmosphere and a funny, slang-heavy script all act in its favour, but a lack of originality and a rather mediocre ending bring it down a notch or two. Worth a look if it's your scene though.
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