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Poetic Justice (1993)

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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.

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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
Tupac Shakur ... Lucky
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
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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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1 Woman. 1 Man. 1 Journey 2 Love. 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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Details

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

Ricky Harris (Gangsta) and Tone Loc (J Bone) also appeared together in Heat (1995) as brothers. See more »

Quotes

Iesha: The world's just a big place for us to go and fuck up in it.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.68 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Stand by Your Man
Written by Billy Sherrill and Tammy Wynette
Performed by Tammy Wynette
Courtesy of Epic Records
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An overlooked, intelligently produced and directed film.
31 December 1999 | by frank56See all my reviews

I applaud John Singleton for being brave enough to film "Poetic Justice" -- it's a real triumph in presenting a story that looks beyond Hollywood's usual stereotypes of urban youth. If you are looking for a typical gang-bangin' shoot em up angry urban film...look elsewhere, because that genre is miles away from Singleton's storytelling. This film has precisely what black audiences say they are looking for - depth, real characters with a number of real layers....and yet people say they cannot get into this film. I say watch it and simply feel the messages being conveyed through the hearts of the characters. Tupac Shakur's performance saddens my heart....because he had so much potential as an actor as proven with his performance here. I was fortunate enough to actually meet and compliment him on this performance, which is at turns skillful and all his own. He had that quality that film actors envy in that the camera loved him. Janet Jackson gives a skilled performance as well, and the two have a natural chemistry that works here. This film is worth watching...it's one of my favorites.


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