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Juice (1992)

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Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".

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Ernest R. Dickerson (story), Gerard Brown (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Epps ... Q
Tupac Shakur ... Bishop
Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins ... Steel (as Jermaine Hopkins)
Khalil Kain ... Raheem
Cindy Herron Cindy Herron ... Yolanda
Vincent Laresca ... Radames
Samuel L. Jackson ... Trip
George Gore II ... Brian (as George O. Gore)
Grace Garland ... Q's Mother
Queen Latifah ... Ruffhouse M.C.
Bruklin Harris ... Keesha (as Idina Harris)
Victor Campos Victor Campos ... Quiles
Eric Payne ... Frank
Sharon Cook Sharon Cook ... Record Store Clerk
Darien Berry Darien Berry ... Blizzard
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Storyline

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 Stevenson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Power. Respect. Juice. How far would you go to get it? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Questão de Respeito See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,146,880
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Island World See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fernando Quiles the store owners revolver is a Ruger Single Six. See more »

Goofs

After the scene in which Q, Bishop, Steele and Raheem had the altercation with Radames and his crew, they ran around the corner and Bishop lit up a cigarette and the very next shot, he has no cigarette and his hands are in his pockets. Then he takes a drag off Raheem's cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Trip: Thought you'd be lookin' for transportation outta town by now.
Q: Trip, man. You gotta tell me what's goin' on.
Trip: You done slid down a razor blade and landed in an alcohol river. Word is you killed Raheem. And Quillis. And Radames.
Q: That's bullshit, man! You know me better than that!
Trip: I don't know that.
Q: C'mon, Trip, you known me since I was a kid.
Trip: I known a lotta killers since they was kids.
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Connections

Spoofed in Beetlejuice 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

People Get Ready (Remix)
Written by Jan Kincaid (as J. Kincaid), Andrew Levy (as A. Levy), Simon Bartholomew (as S. Bartholomew), Lascelles Gordon (as L. Gordon), Jim Wellman (as J. Wellman) and N'Dea Davenport (as N. Davenport)
Performed by The Brand New Heavies featuring N'Dea Davenport
Produced by The Brand New Heavies
The Brand New Heavies and N'Dea Davenport Appear Courtesy of Delicious Vinyl Inc.
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Is it worth the squeeze?
9 October 2011 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Juice is yet another hood film that presents itself honestly and with a good sense of realism. It doesn't capitalize on anything but the reality and the dangers of growing up in a city lead by gun violence and senseless murders. In the mix of it all are four Harlem boys all portrayed effectively by Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins, and Khalil Kain.

The boys call themselves "The Wrecking Crew," and are trying to survive with what they have in a dangerous town. They spend most of their time at an arcade or a record shop when they cut school a little early, most of the time being harassed by the police or a gang in the process. One day, one of the boys named Bishop (Shakur) buys a gun, and convinces the other three members to come along in stickup. They rob the store, and from that moment on things go from bad to worse for the boys.

There is a subplot involving another one of the gang's members nicknamed "Q" (Epps) who is an aspiring DJ, and has a big DJ competition the night of the planned robbery.

Writer and Director Ernest R. Dickerson has worked as the cinematographer on various Spike Lee films, and this marks his very first shot behind the camera. While Juice is passable and well-made, it suffers by comparison with film's made by Lee like Do the Right Thing and School Daze. It also can be compared to Boyz N The Hood, another excellent hood film by John Singleton.

I believe because of Spike Lee films and works of John Singleton is the reason why Juice has slipped through the cracks. It has a following, but because of strong critical acclaim surrounding the other pictures and this one just having mixed reviews is the reason why this isn't remembered as well as the other films.

The moral of Juice is great about a psychological change one person can go through in a matter of time, the message about gun violence, and strong friendships being tested. However - this is taken in a more clichéd manner than any other hood film I've seen. We don't know a whole lot about the characters, and we don't know about they're raised. We don't get the parental backstory which is what Boyz N The Hood was cluttered with.

I'm recommending Juice for its morals, its sense of realism, and its subject matter. However, the delivery is a little askew, and the four boys aren't developed as well as they could be. This is still one more realistic hood film that many should make time to see, but this film only reaches the level of average to decent while all of Singleton's films surpassed the above average mark.

Starring: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins, Khalil Kain, Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson.


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