Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The car used in the drive-by at the end was a, 1968 Pontiac Executive Four-Door Hardtop. See more »
Sharif raises his hands to ward off blows, despite them being cuffed behind his back before he was put in the back seat of the police car. See more »
What's up, black man?
Coolin'. Man, why you got that goddamn hood on your head, lookin' like the Grim Reaper?
It's cold out here, my brother. You know us black folks not used to this cold air. We a tropical people, you understand? Let them Europeans deal with this madness.
Then why your tropical ass sittin' on the goddamn cooler?
To keep you fools from drinking this poison. That's why.
Man, you better get your Shelenkem-Shilom ass up off this box and pass me a motherfuckin' brew.
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The Criterion Collection director's cut on LaserDisc includes the following additional footage:
An extra shot of bullets leaving the back of the guy Samuel L. Jackson kills
An extra shot of Awax holding the gang member while he shoots him
An small scene showing how Caine and O Dog brake into the car in the garage
Two extra shots of bullet wounds during the final scene
It also includes two deleted scenes; the funeral of Caine's cousin and a scene at his grandparents' house after the funeral
Menace II Society portrays urban hood life during the early 1990's perfectly and outstandingly. Unlike Boyz N the Hood, the film gives us an inner perspective on hood violence and the bloody consequences of certain individuals and may I say, they have done it fantastically. The cast members played their role momentously and their performances were exceptional, particularly Tyrin Turner and Larenz Tate.
Although the consistent violent scenes, the movie puts realism in several successful ways and that is why this is one of my favourite films of the 1990's. Powerful and poignant.
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