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Jason's Lyric (1994)

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The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love, as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled brother Joshua... See full summary »

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Doug McHenry

Writer:

Bobby Smith Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Allen Payne ... Jason Alexander
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Lyric (as Jada Pinkett)
Bokeem Woodbine ... Joshua Alexander
Anthony 'Treach' Criss ... Alonzo
Eddie Griffin ... Rat
Suzzanne Douglas ... Gloria
Lisa Nicole Carson ... Marti
Lahmard J. Tate ... Ron
Forest Whitaker ... Maddog
Asheamu Earl Randle Asheamu Earl Randle ... Teddy
Clarence Whitmore Clarence Whitmore ... Elmo
Rushion McDonald ... Fast Freddy
Curtis von Burrell Curtis von Burrell ... Darryl
Bebe Drake ... Ms. Murphy
Kenneth Randle Kenneth Randle ... Leroy
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Storyline

The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love, as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled brother Joshua (Bokeem Woodbine). Jason, an assistant manager and sales clerk at an electronics store, falls in love with Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith) and finds happiness, but his family history and mentally ill war veteran father, Maddog (Forest Whitaker) plague his life's plans before he can leave it all for a better life. Written by bd64kcmo

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Love is courage. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Face da Verdade See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,122,600, 30 September 1994

Gross USA:

$20,851,521
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Like New Orleans Houston, had a ward system of six wards, When Houston was founded in 1836 and incorporated in 1837, its founders, the Allen Brothers, divided it into political geographic districts called "wards", precursors to City Council districts. This is a common political tool still used in some American cities. When the system was at its peak, Houston had six wards, from the first to the sixth, and were officially abandoned as political entities in 1915. Houstonians still identify certain Afro-American communities as being "wards" which are not identical to the wards that existed before 1915, but sometimes appear on signage and discussion. New Orleans has not had officials elected to represent wards since 1912, but like Houston, the ward designations remain a part of New Orleans' social fabric, especially since Hurricane Katrina. See more »

Goofs

With his right hand, Jason retrieves the flowers he bought for Lyric from the truck and hides them behind his back. When he hands them to her, he pulls them from under his left arm. See more »

Quotes

Jason Alexander: Ghosts. I guess everyone lives with them. Some good, some bad. But memories won't let you forget. They have a way of boomeranging, changing a life forever.
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Alternate Versions

US unrated video release is billed as "Special, sexy unrated version" and features 1 minute of additional sex footage not present in the original theatrical version. See more »


Soundtracks

U Will Know
Written by D'Angelo
Performed by B.M.U.
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Great stuff..
18 June 2006 | by liakot_aSee all my reviews

Jason's Lyric wasn't a great film theatrically, as it had small promotions. Judging by the title and cast, i didn't expect a good film. It was actually a great film with powerful performances. It tells the story of Two brothers (One good and One Bad) living with their mother in a rough area. Jason played by Allen Payne is sensible and taking care of his younger brother Joshu. Joshua played by Bokeem Woodbine is a little crazy and has a violent side to his personality. Its a half love story and half action movie thats worth the watch. Allen Payne delivers a good performance. Bokeem Woodbine is terrific, see him in Dead Presidents also. Jada Pinkett looks ultra sexy and plays the love life of Jason. There are some fabulous Sex scenes, Jada looks fantastic. Overall, Good realistic storyline and deserves a chance.


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