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Friday (1995)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 26 April 1995 (USA)
TV Program
3:47 | TV Program
It's Friday, and Craig and Smokey must come up with $200 they owe a local bully or there won't be a Saturday.

Director:

F. Gary Gray

Writers:

Ice Cube, DJ Pooh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ice Cube ... Craig Jones
Chris Tucker ... Smokey
Nia Long ... Debbie
Tom Lister Jr. ... Deebo (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr.)
John Witherspoon ... Mr. Jones
Anna Maria Horsford ... Mrs. Jones
Regina King ... Dana Jones
Paula Jai Parker ... Joi
Faizon Love ... Big Worm
DJ Pooh ... Red
Angela Means ... Felisha
Vickilyn Reynolds ... Joann
Ronn Riser Ronn Riser ... Stanley
Kathleen Bradley ... Mrs. Parker
Tony Cox ... Mr. Parker
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Storyline

It is Friday and Craig Jones (Ice Cube) is unemployed, having been fired yesterday. This has lead to trouble with Smokey's (Chris Tucker's) supplier, Big Worm (Faizon Love), who now wants his money, or his product back, or Smokey is a dead man. Then there's Deebo (Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.), the local bully, plus Craig's jealous, psychotic girlfriend, Joi (Paula Jai Parker), and Debbie (Nia Long), the neighbor Craig has a crush on. A lot can happen while lounging around your house on a Friday. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

a lot can go down between thursday and saturday...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language and drug use, and for a brutal fight | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Uncredited theatrical movie debut of Michael Clarke Duncan. He appeared as one of the craps players in the flashback where Red (DJ Pooh) gets punched by Deebo (Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.). See more »

Goofs

In the morning scene when the old ladies come to the house, when the camera is showing their faces, if you look beyond them, you can see what looks to be a large highway with grass on the other side, across from Craig's house. In all other shots during the movie, Craig's house is surrounded by other houses. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jones: [Mr. Jones snoring and talking in his sleep] Give me the two piece special. Lots of hotsauce and all the fries you can give me. Thank you, thank you.
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Alternate Versions

TV versions also include the following scenes:
  • Differant take of Craig and Smokey in Smokey's room, where the marijuana poster is shown later in the scene in place of Smokey's marijuana smoking.
  • Craig goes into his sister's room and asks for his Guess shirt, and asks her to hook him up with her friend. He then tells it's 12:30 (really it's 8:30) causing her quickly jump out of bed.
  • Two of the kids from ice cream truck scene watch Ezal run by carrying two speakers, and talk about how he tried to rob them. Stanley then comes out and sprays them with a hose to get them off his lawn.
  • Craig goes to see what his dad wants, and has to get the TV Guide for him (which is about a foot away). A continuity error also appears showing the TV Guide on the bed, then the table, then the bed, then the table, before Craig gets it for him.
  • Widescreen versions of the film cut off half of Smokey's license plate, so you never see what it actually says. On TV, it's blurred out, and VHS copies show the entire plate reading "FCK IT".
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Connections

References The Mack (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Get Next to You
Performed by Rose Royce
Written by Norman Whitfield
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Chris Tucker's best R rated performance
14 January 2002 | by DunnDeeDaGreatSee all my reviews

When I was 14, I first saw Friday and almost choked from laughter. The script by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh is right on target with it's ghetto humor. Another plus point for the film is it doesn't stereotype. But it's Chris Tucker as Smokey who makes this film. His high pitched voice and mannerisms are classic.Hard-core rapper Ice Cube, after appearing in such hard-hitting films as Boyz 'N the Hood and Higher Learning, played his first comic role in this picture he co-wrote with frequent musical collaborator DJ Pooh. Craig (Ice Cube) manages to get fired on his day off (though he claims it's through no fault of his own) and spends the day hanging out with his buddy Smokey (Chris Tucker) and trying to avoid his father (John Witherspoon), who wants him to find another job immediately. Smokey (whose name might have something to do with his tremendous fondness for marijuana) has even more serious problems; he was given $200 worth of weed to sell by Big Worm (Faizon Love), but he ended up smoking it instead, and if he can't come up with the money by the end of the day, he'll be in a world of hurt (and will put Craig in the same place just for being his friend). And Deebo (Tom "Tiny" Lister, Jr.), a gargantuan bully who roams the neighborhood on his bicycle, has it in for Craig, while Craig tries his best just to stay out of his way. As one would expect, Friday features a strong hip-hop soundtrack, featuring tracks by such artists as Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill, Mack 10, and Funkdoobiest, as well as old-school R&B selections from The Isley Brothers, Roger, and Rose Royce


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,589,341, 30 April 1995

Gross USA:

$27,467,564

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,215,918
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (flashback scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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