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Sugar Hill (1993)

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A drug dealer tries to get out of the life and start anew with his girlfriend, but the transition is tragically difficult.

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Leon Ichaso
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... Roemello Skuggs
Khandi Alexander ... Ella Skuggs
DeVaughn Nixon ... Raynathan (Age 11)
Marquise Wilson Marquise Wilson ... Roemello (Age 10)
O.L. Duke ... Tutty
Clarence Williams III ... A.R. Skuggs
Abe Vigoda ... Gus Molino
Anthony Thomas Anthony Thomas ... Worker
Michael Wright ... Raynathan Skuggs
John Pittman ... Lucky
Steve Harris ... Ricky Goggles (as Steve J. Harris)
Michael Guess Michael Guess ... Y.G. (Young Gun)
Kimberly Russell ... Chantal (as Kimberly Russel)
Theresa Randle ... Melissa
Abdul Mutakabbir Abdul Mutakabbir ... Bouncer
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Storyline

Hardened, uncomprimising drug dealer Roemello Skuggs decides to quit his scumbag profession so he may start a new life with his girlfriend. However, he soon learns getting out is nowhere near as easy as getting in, as everything gradually builds up to end in tragedy. Written by <tgraham@currantbun.com>

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He wanted power. He wanted revenge. Now he just wants out.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense drug related violence, graphic heroin use and strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harlem See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,272,447
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The success of "New Jack City" got writer Barry Michael Cooper's script for "Sugar Hill" attention in Hollywood. With Wesley Snipes already attached, it seemed like a home run, but none of the major studios were willing to touch the material due to its bleak nature. The script was eventually picked up and financed by indie production company Beacon Communications. See more »

Goofs

Several times during the movie, a boom mic can be seen coming into the screen. See more »

Quotes

Raynathan Skuggs: This is the flavor that they savor up here, neighbor!
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Performed by Dirt Nation
Produced by Edman for OkeDoke Music
Written by J. Brown/E. Jones/J. Chavis/E. Lawson
Published by Dirty Music Publishing (ASCAP/Edman Music (ASCAP)
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Heart-rending
10 August 2004 | by Robmsteen-1See all my reviews

Bumped into this movie on Sky Cinema the other night, when it was halfway through. At first I assumed it was a hitherto-shelved Spike Lee film, especially when Wes popped up. I was riveted from then on by its uncompromising bleakness: a black Godfather III? Certainly left a similar impression, of the tragic futility of hard drugs and street gangs, of the sometime impossible difficulties inherent in changing one's life. IL' Wes has never convinced as an untarnished hero; here he is as convincingly uncertain, as shakily cocky, as he was in Jungle Fever and One Night Stand: a vastly underrated actor who really ought to get back in the saddle with Spike as soon as he possibly can. Never heard of the director, though.


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