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Menace II Society (1993)

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A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors:

Albert Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers), Allen Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers)

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Allen Hughes (story), Albert Hughes (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrin Turner ... Caine
Larenz Tate ... O-Dog
June Kyoto Lu ... Grocery Store Woman (as June Kyoko Lu)
Toshi Toda ... Grocery Store Man
Samuel L. Jackson ... Tat Lawson
Anthony Johnson ... Tony
Brandon Hammond ... Five Year Old Caine
Glenn Plummer ... Pernell
Reginald Ballard ... Clyde
Khandi Alexander ... Karen Lawson
Eugene Lee Eugene Lee ... Man #1
James Pickens Jr. ... Man #2 (as James Pickins Jr.)
Nancy Cheryll Davis Nancy Cheryll Davis ... Teacher (as Nancy Cheryl Davis)
Jullian Roy Doster Jullian Roy Doster ... Anthony
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Ronnie (as Jada Pinkett)
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Storyline

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA. Written by Daniel Bredy <gt3655a@prism.gatech.edu>

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Taglines:

This is the truth. This is what's real.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, drug use and pervasive language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Straßenkämpfer See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,900,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Line Cinema See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

M.C. Ren, perhaps most famous for being a member of the influential rap group N.W.A., was originally set to play the character A-Wax. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, Tat fires off eight rounds from a six-shot revolver. See more »

Quotes

[Caine bursts into a car in a fast food drive-through lane]
Caine: I want your motherfuckin' Daytons and your motherfuckin' stereo. And I'll take a double burger with cheese.
Car-jack Victim: What?
Caine: Motherfucker, order my motherfuckin' food!
Voice of fast food employee: Hi, may I take your order, please?
Car-jack Victim: Yeah, uh, let me have a double burger, uh, some fries...
Caine: Motherfucker, I said with cheese, nigga!
Car-jack Victim: Shit! (Speaking into microphone) Yo, uh, make that a double burger with cheese.
Caine: See, y'all would've made me shoot your stupid ass over nothing.
Car-jack Victim: Hey, ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The Hughes brothers, when queried about the film's explicit content, have often talked about a "prison riot" scene that studio execs forced them to cut in order to avoid an NC-17 rating. The scene has yet to appear in any of the released versions of the film. See more »

Connections

Features He Walked by Night (1948) See more »

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Written by Dwayne P. Wiggins (as D. Wiggins), E. "Kenya" Baker, F. Busby
Performed by Kenya Gruv
Kenya Gruv appears courtesy of
Boomcity Records/Mercury Records
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Gritty and nihilistic answer to Boyz
11 October 2017 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Back then the Hughes Brothers would never even name Boyz'N'the Hood. Not just because it wasn't their influence, but because people like to compare movies. Especially when it seems like they are similar. And I say seem, because while the surface may suggest that, this is a whole different beast of a movie and a story.

This is way more gritty and no one will tell you that it is a feel good story. But the influence of Scarface and other movies of that kind are apparent. Like a Goodfellas tracking shot and many other things. The brothers may have been very young, but they knew what they wanted ... and they were lucky enough to get (most of?) it! Like the cast, but also the overall finance for the movie ... which brings us back to Boyz ... over the years they themselves came to terms, that their movie probably got green-lit because of the success of Boyz ... and that's not a bad thing.

And while this is down and dirty, like Scarface it's a warning, a tale of things that can and will go wrong. What goes around, comes around ... there's a lot to read into this, but the Hughes Brothers wanted show how things were ... and the influence of the movie was felt. Especially with other movies trying to copy or at least pay homage to Menace ...


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