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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jason Alexander
... Lyric (as Jada Pinkett)
... Joshua Alexander
... Alonzo
... Rat
... Gloria
... Marti
... Ron
... Maddog
Asheamu Earl Randle ... Teddy
Clarence Whitmore ... Elmo
Rushion McDonald ... Fast Freddy
Curtis von Burrell ... Darryl
... Ms. Murphy
Kenneth Randle ... Leroy
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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 (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 »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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

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28 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amicizie pericolose  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In real-life Suzanne Douglas was only 11 years older than Allen Payne. 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 »

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Lyric: Sometimes heroes have to walk away. Walk away, Jason... or we can't be together.
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Referenced in Hav Plenty (1997) See more »

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Many Rivers to Cross
Written by Jimmy Cliff
Performed by Oleta Adams
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Good, But Could Have Been Better
30 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film pretty much came out at a time when more and more films featuring blacks in positive images were coming out. This film came out around the same time as another film that Jada Pinkett was in, The Inkwell. However, this film tries to be three films at once. First its a story about the tragic events in the brother's past. The second story is almost an urban version of "Romeo and Juliet". The third plot revolves around how Jason's brother constantly gets into trouble leading to his tragic end. The love story would have been enough for me because it shows that African Americans can have very loving relationships and can be romantic. Unfortunately, in the end it turns into a typical bloody shootout, but it does have a twist ending and that helped to save it.


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