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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

The soul food restaurant where Alonzo steps inside is the former location of This Is It Soul Food at the former 239 West Gray location; a new restaurant was built and completed March 9, 1995 at 209 West Gray after filming was completed. See more »

Goofs

The bank and the bank parking lot during the robbery scene are not in the same location; the parking lot is located in the Eleanor Tinsley Park complex off Allen Parkway west of Downtown Houston. The Bank is located inside Loop 610 in the Heights between T.C. Jester and Airline Drive, about 5 miles from downtown. See more »

Quotes

Alonzo: Throw this motherfucker out with the rest of the shit!
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Black Men United: U Will Know (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Think You're Lonely Now
Written by Bobby Womack, Patrick Moten and Sandra Sully
Performed by K-Ci Hailey (as K-Ci) and Jo Jo Hailey (as JoJo)
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A urban love story
13 April 2002 | by DunnDeeDaGreatSee all my reviews

Jason's Lyric is clearly one of the best urban love stories ever put on film. The direction by Doug McHerny showed real talent as did his screenpaly. Allen Payne and Jada Pinkett both showed early lead acting roles in this good film. Finally I think Forrest Whitaker and Bokeem Woodbine both deserved Oscar nods for their work. I give it **** out of ****.


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