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 ... 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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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 »

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Trivia

During the cookout scene the grocery bags read "Vote Yes on 163." This refers to California Proposition 163 which amended the California Constitution to prohibit the state, or any county, city, or special district, from imposing sales or use taxes on food products used for home consumption. See more »

Goofs

Before the drive-by shooting at the end of the film, Illena's cousin is seen loading the clip of his Uzi machine gun. He then puts in the clip backwards, with the bullets pointing towards the back of the gun. See more »

Quotes

O-Dog: Hey man, I was gonna tell you somethin' 'fore we went up in the house, man.
Caine: What's up?
O-Dog: Oh nigga, guess what? Word got back about them little marks who jacked you and Harold. I know were they be kickin' it at. Down with a 187?
Caine: Let's do this.
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Alternate Versions

UK video, LaserDisc, and the initial DVD versions were cut to remove footage of O-Dog unlocking a car door by using a metal strip. The cuts were restored to the 2003 DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Californication: Everybody's a F**king 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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powerfully good
28 September 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Extremely brutal, but gripping and compelling story of a volatile, alienated young teenager (Turner) growing up in the violent atmosphere of the L.A. Watts District and—against the advice of family and friends—makes no effort to transcend the harshness and ignorance of his surroundings, instead choosing to head down a dead-end path. Violent, almost unbearable at times, but faultlessly acted by the cast, and filled with powerful, authentic scenes. Tate is an absolute powerhouse as Turner's younger, impulsive, and extremely cold-blooded pal. Obviously not for all tastes, but a monumental achievement regardless, thanks to a superior cast of actors. ***½


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Menace II Society See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,816,393, 31 May 1993

Gross USA:

$27,912,072

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,912,072
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Company Credits

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New Line Cinema See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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