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(1995)

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The cast and crew were warned well ahead of time not to wear anything red during filming. 126th Street, where this movie was shot, was well inside the territory of the Crips street gang, known for wearing distinctive blue bandannas, whereas their bitter rivals, the Bloods, wear equally distinctive red bandannas. So for their own safety, red clothing was banned from the set, because anyone wearing red clothing of any kind, bandanna or otherwise, would be assumed to be sympathetic to the Bloods, and potentially be attacked on sight by the Crips.
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The neighborhood where this movie takes place is the same street where Director F. Gary Gray grew up in south central Los Angeles, California. Principal houses that were used for filming were houses of old friends of Gray. The scene where Deebo (Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.) punches Red (DJ Pooh) into the air is the house in which Gray grew up.
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In the flashback scene where Smokey (Chris Tucker) is in the car with Hector (Demetrius Navarro) and his friend, two men can be seen sitting on a block wall in the background. The men were residents of the neighborhood who wanted to be difficult towards the production staff, knowing they couldn't tell them what to do on their property. They remained in the shot despite offers from the staff which included compensation or a walk-on role in this movie.
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This movie was filmed in twenty days.
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Chris Tucker improvised many of his lines in the movie.
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DJ Pooh (Red) was originally set to play Smokey. However, New Line Cinema pressed producers for a better known actor, reaching a deal with Chris Tucker.
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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.).
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The clothes that Ice Cube wears at the beginning and end of this movie are the same clothes he wore at the end of Boyz n the Hood (1991).
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Actor, Executive Producer, and Screenwriter Ice Cube and Director F. Gary Gray stated that they modelled this movie after the movie Clerks (1994).
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The line "Bye, Felisha!" was also used in Straight Outta Compton (2015) by Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr., who portrayed Ice Cube. That movie, as well as this movie, was directed by F. Gary Gray.
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In the telephone scene where Craig's girlfriend Joi (Paula Jai Parker) accuses Craig of cheating on her, if you look closely directly behind Joi, you can see another man laying in her bed with his back to the camera.
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Chris Rock and Tommy Davidson were considered for the role of Smokey.
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Theatrical movie debut of Meagan Good. She was "Kid #2" that gets pushed out of the way by Smokey (Chris Tucker) at the ice cream truck.
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In a deleted scene at the begining of the credits, you can see Ezal (Anthony Johnson) running down the street with boxes. These are the boxes that Craig Jones (Ice Cube) gets blamed for stealing.
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Mr. Jones (John Witherspoon), a dogcatcher by trade, watches Man's Best Friend (1993), a movie about a genetically engineered dog that becomes homicidal.
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According to Kathleen Bradley, she was immediately considered for the role of the sultry Mrs. Parker when Ice Cube saw her on The Price Is Right (1972), where she was one of Barker's Beauties at the time. He pointed her out to his production company and said, "I want that sista!". Bradley was 43 years old at the time of filming.
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The outfit that Ice Cube wears throughout this movie is also the same outfit worn by Ice Cube's son in Straight Outta Compton (2015). It's in the scene when the news reports Eazy-E having A.I.D.S. O'Shea Jackson, Jr. plays as his father in the movie. The movie also shows O'Shea Jackson, Jr. (as Ice Cube) writing the script to this movie.
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This movie was released one month after the death of former N.W.A bandmate, Eazy-E.
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The license plate on Smokey's car is "FCK IT".
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This movie was filmed in 126th Street between Halldale and Normandie in Los Angeles, California.
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Craig's mother can be seen pouring the last of the sugar into her coffee while eating breakfast.
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In the theatrical version, we are immediately introduced to the Jones family. The extended version of this movie introduces viewers to several supporting characters (Deebo, Ezal, Stanley, et cetera) before the Jones family.
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On the VHS videocassette jacket, it incorrectly synopsizes that Craig Jones (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker) owe money to Deebo (Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.) and not Big Worm (Faizon Love), as it actually transpires.
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There are no white people in this movie. Only black people, two Hispanic dudes, and an Asian guy at the store.
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The top of the animal control truck was used as a camera riser and to store production gear.
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Smokey's car is a 1976 Ford Pinto.
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Craig Jones (Ice Cube) watches K-Dee's "Hittin' Corners" video, which was released by Cube's Lench Mob Records label.
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Ice Cube and Nia Long appeared in Boyz n the Hood (1991), Are We There Yet? (2005), and Are We Done Yet? (2007).
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It's revealed in deleted scenes that Craig's dad is eating grapes at the beginning of the movie, and that Smokey is eating a sugar sandwich while they're high and watching music videos.
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Ice Cube (Craig Jones), Bernie Mac (The Reverend), Anthony Johnson (Ezal), Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr. (Deebo), Faizon Love (Big Worm), Ronn Riser (Stanley) and Michael Clarke Duncan (unnamed character) appeared in The Players Club (1998), which was written and directed by Ice Cube.
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Quentin Tarantino had this film on his list of the 20 best movies coming out from 1992-2009.
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The song being played on Smokey's car while Smokey and Craig were about to go to a store was performed by Dr. Dre, a former member of N.W.A. just like Ice Cube (Craig). It is also remembered that Dr. Dre, along with other N.W.A. members, were once dissed by Ice Cube through his rap "No Vaseline", though during the making of this movie, they had already settled their differences.
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Most of the lines delivered in the film were actually ad-libbed.
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One of the record albums in Craig's room is "One Nation Under a Groove" (1978) by Funkadelic, the back cover shown upside-down.
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Meagan Good's debut.
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According to AJ Johnson, the character Ezal was initially going to be played by Tommy Davidson. However, after Davidson was unable to fulfill the role, AJ stepped in and played the neighborhood crackhead. He said that he based the character around his brother who was an addict and explained some of the craziest moments dealing with his brother. One story, in particular, AJ recounted was hitting his brother with a car and seeing his brother bounce right up as if nothing happened.
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The scene where Smokey walks up to Big Worm and says "What's up Big Perm ? I mean Big Worm", was actually a blooper that they kept in the film.
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This is the second and last of two movies to feature Chris Tucker, Bernie Mac, Anthony Johnson and Angela Means all together. They all appeared the year before in House Party 3 (1994).
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As of October 2021, eight of the casting members are deceased: LaWanda Page, Bernie Mac, Yvette Wilson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Reynaldo Rey, John Witherspoon, Tom Lister Jr. and most recently Anthony Johnson. This does not count Justin Pierce and Jennifer Echols, who appeared in Next Friday (2000) and Friday After Next (2002) respectively.
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Ice Cube and Regina King appeared in Boyz n the Hood (1991) and Higher Learning (1995).
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Reynaldo Rey (Red's father) and John Witherspoon (Willie Jones, Craig Jones's father) shared the same birthday. Reynaldo Rey was born in 1940 and John Witherspoon was born in 1942.
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When Ice Cube's character is in the kitchen to bring his dad a glass of water, he drops an ice cube. After picking it up, Ice Cube breaks the fourth wall by directly looking into the camera. "Ice Cube/ice cube"
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The cereal that Craig Jones pours into his bowl is Cap'n Crunch.
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At 47:49 in the little girl in the pink shirt, to Smokey's right, looks right at the camera for a split second.
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When Debbie (Nia Long) visits Craig Jones' (Ice Cube's) house, she brings in a purse/pack. When she leaves, she forgets it and it is sitting on the end sofa table.
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The gold chain that Deebo snatches from Red after confronting him, Craig, and Smokey on the porch was actually part of a necklace that belonged to DJ Pooh's grandmother.
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Both Regina King and the late John Witherspoon provided their voice talents to The Boondocks (2005). While in Friday they play father and daughter, King voices both Huey and Riley in The Boondocks, while John voiced Granddad Freeman.
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Tom Lister passed away on December 10, 2020, what would've been Michael Clarke Duncan's 63rd birthday.
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Director Cameo 

F. Gary Gray: The man mopping the floor in the store.
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