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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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(as The Hughes Brothers), (as The Hughes Brothers)

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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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Release Date:

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

A prison riot scene was cut from the film because it was deemed too intense and would've bumped it up to an NC-17, another reason is because it was complicated for the Hughes brothers since they didn't know how to film and choreograph an action sequence yet. See more »

Goofs

Before the drive-by shooting at the end of the film, Illena's cousin is seen loading an Uzi machine pistol, and when the shooting is about to begin, he aims this gun out of the car window. However, when the shooting actually starts, he has changed over to a TEC-9, a completely different type of machine pistol. See more »

Quotes

O-Dog: You got some money or not?
Basehead: Come on, man. You know I'm a little short. Hook me up, man.
O-Dog: Nigga, hook you up? Fuck outta here.
Basehead: Man, I got these cheeseburgers. They some double cheeseburgers.
O-Dog: Nigga, I just ate. I just ate. If you ain't got no money, you just assed out.
Basehead: [as O-Dog was leaving] Come on, man. I'll suck your dick, man.
O-Dog: The fuck you just said?
Basehead: I said I'll suck your dick, man. Come on now.
O-Dog: [shoots basehead] Suck on that, you bitch-ass trick.
[to A-Wax]
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Referenced in Californication: Everybody's a Fucking Critic (2013) See more »

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STREIHT UP MENACE
Written by MC Eiht (as A. Tyler) and DJ Slip (as T. Allen)
Performed by MC Eiht (of Compton's Most Wanted)
Courtesy of Orpheus/Epic Records
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Shockingly Perfect
30 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is so good, I remember specifically the first time I saw it.

I was 17 years old, hanging out with friends, doing the things 17 year olds and the characters in the movie do, in a friend's backyard. On our way out to a movie theater, I ran up to the entertainment room to grab my jacket. As I entered, I heard the first line of "Menace" from a television which had been left on. In the 30 seconds it took me to put on my jacket, I was drawn into the flick.

As the first scene came to a close, my buddies came looking for me. It didn't take long for them to realize that we wouldn't be going anywhere.

At such an age this movie shocked and excited me. It left me in awe and on the edge of tears.

In my early twenties (and after I'd seen it several times), the movie made me laugh out loud. The clever dialog, even in tenuous situations, is genius. Cheeseburgers, anyone?

Now in my late twenties, I consider this a classic. Take your other gang movies and throw them out the window. Boyz n the Hood is the only one that comes close and that takes itself way too seriously. Everything else is just an imitation of this perfectly woven tale.

As long as you can tolerate the violence and not-so-clean language, check this one out. It's simply brilliant.


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