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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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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

The shotgun that O-Dog uses during the killing at the takeout place is a Smith & Wesson Model 3000. Although the shotgun has a pistol grip that accepts a folding stock, the stock has been removed. This gun is also used by one of the carjackers. See more »

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Before he beats up Chauncy at Ronnie's party, Caine asks O-Dog for his gun. O-Dog hands Caine his Glock. However, when the beating starts and Caine is pistol-whipping Chauncy, the gun has become a Beretta 92F. See more »

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Caine: First I get shot, then you're gonna drive me home? Somebody must want me to die.
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Referenced in A Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

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DEATH BECOMES YOU
Written by Pete Rock (as P. Phillips), C.L. Smooth (as C. Penn), T. Guest, K. Guest
Performed by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth (as CL Smooth)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
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powerfully good
28 September 2002 | by See 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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