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New Jersey Drive (1995)

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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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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.

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Crime | Drama

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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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DTS

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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The phrase, "you know what I'm saying?" Is used more times in this movie than any movie. Ever. See more »

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When P-Nut an Tiny Dime steal the black Honda the boom mic and a crew member are reflected on the drivers side door. See more »

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Ronnie: Felt like a truck and shit, man. Except now they got me on heroin or some shit.
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Written by Organized Noize, André Benjamin (as A. Benjamin) and Big Boi (as A. Patton)
Produced by Organized Noize Productions for Organized Noize Productions, Inc.
Performed by Outkast
Courtesy of LaFace Records
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Bad boys, bad cops, decent movie
5 March 2006 | by ruffriderSee all my reviews

This movie brings to mind "Boys 'n the Hood," "Menace to Society," "South Central" and others of its ilk and even shares actors with some of them. The film's "us vs. the law" mentality is underscored by the all-black neighborhood vs. the nearly all-white police force. Here the cops are so bad they seem like caricatures and in one scene they even ambush the boys as they drive by in a car they've just "liberated" from its owner. It's like a bushwhacking from an old Western, but the contemporary setting makes it look all too real.

The story centers on young Jason Petty and his buddies, to whom school is just an inconvenience that takes time away from their "real occupation" of boosting cars. This happens to be Newark, N.J., a rust-belt city low on jobs but notoriously high on crime. In fact the problem is so severe that the cops all have "Car Theft" written on their backs, to show that an entire unit must be devoted to this particular crime.

The boys use a "slim Jim" to gleefully break into cars and go joy-riding, as if it's no big deal. They only run into real trouble when the police ambush them. The vicious, Nazi-like Lt. has a vendetta against the boys, seeing them not as human beings who might be worthy of redemption, but as human targets. In fact, he's a little reminiscent of that sadistic Nazi officer of the Warsaw ghetto, who shot down Jews for pleasure in the film "Schindler's List." When the boys steal a police car in retribution for the ambush, things predictably go downhill fast. They are severely beaten by the cops and Jason finally ends up in prison. Clearly these are "bad boys," who'd steal your car in a minute, but the film wants us to see them as anti-heroes, showing Jason protecting his sister and his friend taking care of his own grandmother. The film left us wondering whose side to take and who to feel sadder for: the boys whose lives are going down the drain, the honest citizens whose cars are being stolen left and right and who could be caught in the crossfire of a shootout at any moment or the city of Newark itself, the spirit of whose law is being betrayed by brutal, soul-dead cops.

In spite of the over-the-top portrayal of the latter, the film offers a realistic-looking rendering of the ghetto, of the protagonists and their families and of the culture of car theft in a city where there appears to be only 2 career paths - law enforcement and crime. Strangely, the entire subject of drugs is never mentioned.

The filmmakers (including producer Spike Lee) are obviously biased against the Newark police, who, we hope, are not as bad they are portrayed here. Nevertheless, they've given us yet another a strong, affecting story about the inner city and black youth gone awry and Sharron Corley is fine as Jason.


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