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 »
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 »
What the fuck you gonna do... shoot me in an elevator?
[Bishop fires his gun in the crowded elevator]
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I caught this movie late at night while channel surfing and was immediately enthralled. Omar Epps is absolutely fantastic in this movie and his on-screen presence is worth at least viewing this movie once. Shakur was a bit, shall we say, OVERLY dramatic, but not to the point of getting annoying or looking at this as a cheesy "B" movie.
The storyline isn't a bad one and serves to entertain as well as teach. It actually succeeds in doing both. Granted, the movie is a bit predictable, but thankfully this doesn't ruin the experience entirely.
Overall, I give the movie 8 stars. The only real drawbacks being its somewhat predictability and Shakur's tendency to overact.
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