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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.


Leon Ichaso





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


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.


Crime | 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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Did You Know?


The success of New Jack City (1991) got writer Barry Michael Cooper's script for Sugar Hill (1993) 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 »


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


Raynathan Skuggs: This is the flavor that they savor up here, neighbor!
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Performed by Afro-Plane
Courtesy of Kaper Records
Distributed through The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
Produced by "Hard Drive" Pensado & Houston B. ("Blues") Perry
Written by Kahlil S, Macintosh, Rodney Oliver, Houston B. Perry, Christopher L. Turner
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Money In The Bank Music/Dark Child Publishing, Inc. (BMI), All rights administered by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
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1 March 2004 | by john.foulksSee all my reviews

Clarance Williams III, Gave one of the best performances by a black character actor I have ever seem, he portrays an elderly junkie in this fast pace and exciting movie. Sugar Hill is a picture that every african american should see, it has all the qualities that make a motion picture excellent, see it, and you will never forget this movie. Wesley Snipes also gave a great part as the head of the herion empire in Harlem, he and his brother started from nothing, and move to become feared by the white society and the mob, what kept them going is there love for each other, it is something that we should always remember between two people, I know that I will never forget the chemistry they had in this movie.

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Release Date:

25 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,712,485, 27 February 1994

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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