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Poetic Justice (1993)

R | | Drama, Romance | 23 July 1993 (USA)
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In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

Director:

John Singleton

Writer:

John Singleton
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Khandi Alexander ... Simone
Maya Angelou ... Aunt June
Lloyd Avery II ... Thug #1
Ché J. Avery Ché J. Avery ... Thug #2
Kimberly Brooks ... Kim
Rico Bueno ... Ticket Taker
Maia Campbell Maia Campbell ... Shante
Jeff Cantrel Jeff Cantrel ... Policeman #4
Michael Colyar ... Panhandler
Kina Cosper Kina Cosper ... Female Cousin (as Kina V. Cosper)
John Cothran ... Uncle Earl (as John Cothran Jr.)
Dina D. Dina D. ... Dina
Joe Dalu Joe Dalu ... Policeman #7
James Deeth James Deeth ... Helicopter Pilot
Norma Donaldson Norma Donaldson ... Aunt May
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Storyline

After witnessing the murder of her first and only boyfriend, young Justice decides to forget about college and become a South Central Los Angeles hairdresser. Avoiding friends, the only way for her to cope with her depression is by composing beautiful poetry. On her way to a convention in Oakland, she is forced to ride with an independent-minded postal worker whom she has not gotten along with in the past. After various arguments between them and their friends, they start to discover that their thoughts on violence, socially and domestically, are the same. Justice may finally feel that she is not as alone as before. Written by <poetic_robert@hotmail.com>

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'Cause nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fugir do Bairro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,728,455, 25 July 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,515,786
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Q-Tip, who plays Justice's ill-fated boyfriend Markell, would later collaborate with Janet Jackson on her 1997 hit "Got 'Til It's Gone". See more »

Quotes

Justice: Tell me why you love me.
Justice: The reason why I love you is because when I was in the county jail, you sent me all those nice poems.
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Alternate Versions

In the Australian Free-to-Air vision. The Film had about 20mins cut out of it. Even though it was show at 11:50pm Jan 2001. Just about all swearing and fight sceens were taken out. See more »

Connections

References Boyz n the Hood (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Between the Sheets
Written by O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, Ernie Isley,
Marvin Isley and Chris Jasper
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Courtesy of Sony Music
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A good street romance
4 November 2001 | by DunnDeeDaGreatSee all my reviews

Poetic Justice is a great movie. It's not the follow up that wasn't as strong as it should have been for someone of Singelton calibar but it's still a good movie. Jackson and Shakur made their mark in this movie and keeps your attention. Check this out with Sineglton's other films in the ghetto trilogy, Boyz N The Hood &Baby Boy.


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