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New Jersey Drive (1995)

R | | Crime, Drama | 19 April 1995 (USA)
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Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favourite pastime is that of everybody in their ... See full summary »

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Nick Gomez

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shar-Ron Corley ... Jason Petty (as Sharron Corley)
Gabriel Casseus ... Midget
Saul Stein ... Roscoe
Gwen McGee ... Rene Petty
Andre Moore Andre Moore ... Ritchie
Donald Faison ... Tiny Dime (as Donald Adeosun Faison)
Conrad Meertins Jr. Conrad Meertins Jr. ... P-Nut
Devin Eggleston Devin Eggleston ... Jamal
Koran C. Thomas Koran C. Thomas ... Ronnie
Michele Morgan Michele Morgan ... Coreen
Samantha Brown Samantha Brown ... Jackie Petty
Christine Baranski ... Prosecutor
Robert Jason Jackson Robert Jason Jackson ... Lionel Gentry
Roscoe Orman ... Judge
Heavy D ... Bo-Kane (as Dwight Errington Myers)
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Storyline

Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favourite pastime is that of everybody in their neighbourhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts when they steal a police car and the cops launch a violent offensive that involves beating and even shooting suspects. Written by Robert Zeithammel <zeit@cip.physik.uni-muenchen.de>

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The only things that matters is the ride.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language and some violence, drugs and drinking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mafia de New Jersey See more »

Filming Locations:

Brooklyn, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,565,508
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The phrase, "you know what I'm saying?" Is used more times in this movie than any movie. Ever. See more »

Goofs

A gray early-'80s Honda Accord is stolen, and a joyride chase ensues. In many shots throughout, the gray car is a Toyota Camry. At the end of the scene, it's an Accord again. See more »

Quotes

Midget: You know I did, motherfucker.
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Soundtracks

Jersey
Written by Queen Latifah (as D. Owens)
Produced by Queen Latifah
Performed by Queen Latifah
Courtesy of Motown Recording Company, L.P.
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Tales From the Hood
11 May 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts when they steal a police car and the cops launch a violent offensive that involves beating and even shooting suspects.

Mayor Sharpe James refused to allow filming of New Jersey Drive within the city limits; therefore, the filming locations were in the surrounding locations of Newark rather than the city itself. I am surprised they would turn down the shooting... but, hey, I guess if you're known for being a car theft city, you don't want to support that claim.

Some have called this the best "hood" movie. I don't know. I liked it, and thought it seemed fairly accurate to how I imagine life in the streets to be. But it lacked a solid plot or story arc, and I think it suffers from that. I do like how it has no real hero -- both the thieves and the police come off as less than perfect.


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