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Fear of a Black Hat (1993)

R | | Comedy, Music | 3 June 1994 (USA)
A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group.

Director:

Rusty Cundieff

Writer:

Rusty Cundieff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Tone Def
Larry B. Scott ... Tasty Taste
Rusty Cundieff ... Ice Cold
Kasi Lemmons ... Nina Blackburn
Howie Gold Howie Gold ... Guy Friesch
G. Smokey Campbell ... Backstage Manager #1
Bobby Mardis Bobby Mardis ... Promoter #1
Brad Sanders ... Promoter #2
Moon Jones Moon Jones ... Jam Boy
Tim Hutchinson Tim Hutchinson ... Reggie Clay
Faizon Love ... Jam Boy (as Faizon)
Deezer D ... Jam Boy
Darin Scott ... Security Head
Devin Kamin Devin Kamin ... Vanilla Sherbet (as Devin Kamienny)
Jeff Burr ... Chicago Cop
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Storyline

A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented--or particularly bright but always controversial--hip-hop group.

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Taglines:

It Ain't where ya from. It's where ya HAT At!

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for sexuality | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Released 21 years before the movie Straight Outta Compton (2015), which was a movie about gangsta hip-hop and details the story of N.W.A., the group that was parodied in this film. See more »

Goofs

An ITC logo sign is clearly visible to the left in the record company's office. See more »

Quotes

Geoffrey Lennox: Just look at you three brothers. Just look at you. Together. You. You little black stove-pipe-colored nigga, Tasty, you are the same complexion as Marcus Garvey, the man that brought self-love to the black consciousness movement in the 1930s. And when we speak about complexion, we move into the political perspective of where y'all coming from. You, Ice, you's a good, high-yellow piss-colored motherfucker. Same complexion as Bob Marley. I mean, you even got that dreadlock thing going for you. ...
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

The video version differs from the theatrical release in that it features an added video, "A Gangsta's Life Ain't Fun." Some scenes before and after the video are also slightly changed. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Kick Yo Black Ass
Written by Rusty Cundieff and John Bautista
Performed by Larry B. Scott
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User Reviews

Overall, pretty funny
20 November 1998 | by EYEboySee all my reviews

Although it rips off SPINAL TAP scene-by-scene in some instances, FEAR OF A BLACK HAT offers up enough belly laughs -- some of them very large -- to make it worth a look. Rusty Cundieff, who did some hysterically funny segments for Michael Moore's TV Nation program, proves himself to be a solid director with an eye for biting satire. Unfortunately, some of the jokes are a little weak. That said, there are moments when this movie nails some of the hypocrisies of pop music (not just hip-hop). Pretty good performances all around, too.


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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trial of N.W.H. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$999,999 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,191, 5 June 1994

Gross USA:

$233,824

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$233,824
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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