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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Caine
... O-Dog
... Grocery Store Woman (as June Kyoko Lu)
... Grocery Store Man
... Tat Lawson
... Tony
... Five Year Old Caine
... Pernell
... Clyde
... Karen Lawson
Eugene Lee ... Man #1
... Man #2 (as James Pickins Jr.)
Nancy Cheryll Davis ... Teacher (as Nancy Cheryl Davis)
Jullian Roy Doster ... Anthony
... 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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This is the truth. This is what's real.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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26 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Straßenkämpfer  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,900,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There was a scene cut from the final film, because the actor in it, was being "too gangster", and had no story that relates to the film. See more »

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In the beginning of the driving scene with A Wax, O-Dog and Caine, the police escort as well as a crew van can be seen following them out the rear window See more »

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Ronnie: You need to be glad that you graduated from high school, and that you're alive at eighteen, and you need to do something with yourself before you end up like he did.
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Referenced in The Boondocks: Thank You for Not Snitching (2007) See more »

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CAN'T FUCK WIT' A NIGGA
Written by DJ Quik (as D. Blake), R. Bacon
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Courtesy of Profile Records Inc.
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A Powerful and Great film from The Hughes Brothers
2 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Menace II Society is a film of power and a desperate killing spree just in a little neighborhood. The film was very good, on all levels this is sure the best Hughes Brothers film. I've only seen Dead Presidents and From Hell, which I thought were both good movies, but this is The Hughes Brothers best film and this is so far the best ghetto film I've ever seen. There was some flaws but the movie makes it out like there really isn't any. The acting was good, Tyrin Turner, I've never really heard of and Larenz Tate I've see in Dead Presidents. The action was good and the movie was extremely powerful. Overall, this was a very neat ghetto film by The Hughes Brothers.

Hedeen's outlook: 9/10 ***+ A-


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