Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
Two brothers, survivors of family tragedy, take different life paths: one falls for a high-spirited waitress and dreams of success, the other follows a life of petty crime. Their lives reconnect in shattering fashion.
Jada Pinkett Smith,
This action film, directed by the Hughes brothers, depicts a heist of old bills, retired from circulation and destined by the government to be "money to burn." However, more broadly, it addresses the issues of Black Americans' involvement in the Vietnam War and their subsequent disillusionment with progress in social issues and civil rights back home in the United States, during the 1960's.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Chris Tucker and Clifton Powell would appear together three years later in Rush Hour (1998). See more »
The guards never put the money in the back of the truck, it was left on the loading dock, so blowing up the truck was not required and the money should not have come flying out of it when it exploded. See more »
[Cleon blasts a Viet Cong in the head, killing him]
Now you're good, now Jesus loves you.
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Criterion Laserdisc also famously had a rather graphic unrated version of the armored car robbery scene near the end, apparently the original version nearly got the movie the NC-17 and it was cut down. See more »
This was a great movie, and I think it was overlooked. It is one my favorites due to the unique storytelling and action. This movie is way better than 90% of the crap that comes out today. The acting is also superb, and I think it Chris Tucker's greatest performance. Even though the story has a lot of action, it's very believable, which is hard to do in Hollywood. For those who haven't seen this movie I suggest you go and rent it now, it's a modern day classic. Sit back and be prepared to watch a great moment in filmaking. It's definitely underrated. I think if it was promoted better it might have done better, especially since most war movies do well.
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