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CB4 (1993)

R | | Comedy, Music | 12 March 1993 (USA)
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A guy makes a documentary of the rap band CB4 by following them. CB4 got popular by stealing Gusto's name, background and image. He wants them dead.

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Tamra Davis

Writers:

Chris Rock (story), Nelson George (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rock ... Albert / MC Gusto
Allen Payne ... Euripides / Dead Mike
Deezer D ... Otis / Stab Master Arson
Chris Elliott ... A. White
Phil Hartman ... Virgil Robinson
Charlie Murphy ... Gusto (as Charles Q. Murphy)
Khandi Alexander ... Sissy
Art Evans ... Albert Sr.
Theresa Randle ... Eve
Willard E. Pugh ... Trustus
Ty Granderson Jones ... 40 Dog (as Tyrone Granderson Jones)
Rachel True ... Daliha
Victor Wilson Victor Wilson ... Lt. Davenport
Richard Gant ... Baa Baa Ack
J.D. Daniels ... Ben
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Storyline

A "rapumentary", covering the rise to fame of MC Gusto, Stab Master Arson, and Dead Mike: members of the rap group "CB4". We soon learn that these three are not what they seem and don't apear to know as much about rap music as they claim... but a lack of musical ability in an artist never hurts sales, does it? You've just got to play the part of a rap star... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Sex, rap and family values? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

CB4 - The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,953,778
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ron Howard filmed a cameo as himself but it was later deleted. See more »

Goofs

When Ben sees the tour bus coming, he puts his cap on twice. See more »

Quotes

Video Set Dancer: MC Gusto, you gotta help me get my revenge. It's one thing that they killed him on the toilet but they could've wiped his ass. They didn't have to leave him there like that. That's cold-blooded. They gots to pay. They... got... to... pay!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits Chris Rock is shown playing Cheap Pete who asks a newspaper vendor how much a newspaper costs. When he finds out it's too expensive he asks to pay 15 cents and for the vendor to read him the good news. See more »

Alternate Versions

FX Network TV version includes one additional scene showing the real M.C. Gusto breaking out of jail; in this scene you see M.C. Gusto and a white inmate in a golf course and the white guy says dumb comments and subsequently gets knocked out. See more »

Connections

Referenced in HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Straight Outta Compton
Written by Ice Cube, M.C. Ren (as Lorenzo Patterson), Eazy-E (as Eric Wright) and Dr. Dre (as Andre R. Young)
Performed by CB4 ( Daddy-O and Hi-C (as HI-C) )
HI-C appears courtesy of Skanless Records
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Classic Chris Rock at his best
16 July 2002 | by bobert34See all my reviews

I am writing this review upon seeing the move, CB4, for the third time. Even after watching this film twice, I still managed to laugh my way through 99% of the jokes. This movie showcases Chris Rock's unique and funny blend of black comedy which was still relatively unknown in his immediate post-SNL period of his career. The jokes are fast and fresh, and come one after another and still manage to get chuckles out of the audience. CB4 follows such films as Spinal Tap, in using the mockumentary style. CB4 provides a documentary for a rap group headed by Albert, Chris Rock. Rock's already established views on black culture fit in very well in his role as a middle class black man pretending to be a gangsta rapper. The supporting cast of Allen Payne and Deezer D as Euripides and Otis respectively, provide great personas for Rock to joke off of. The movie climaxes in a typical Chris Rock humorous way and leaves the audience feeling satisfied and happy. The movie is also enhanced by some killer cameos in the beginning by such rapping stars as, Shaq(during his ill-fated rapping days), Ice-T, Ice-Cube, and some other famous rappers. In a nutshell: I am only waiting for this film to be released on DVD so I can watch it over and over again.


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