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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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Nick Gomez

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Nick Gomez (screenplay), Nick Gomez (story) | 1 more credit »
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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 scene where Midget is in the police chase in his van with his cronies that leave him and another woman dead is loosely based on an incident in 1991 in New Jersey with 7 youths inside in a police chase. Just like the 1991 incident with a starter's gun inside the van, Midget also had a starter's gun starting the middle of the film. 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

Jason Petty: You know they shot that kid for no reason.
Rene Petty: Oh you need a reason to get shot nowadays Jason? I don't think so.
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Referenced in A Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

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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"New Jersey Drive" keeps it real.
7 November 1998 | by CeeloSee all my reviews

I just wanted to inform anyone who may be interested that the the movie "New Jersey Drive" was my personal favorite off alltime. I admire the work Nick Gomez and Spike Lee put into this masterpiece of a movie. This movie made quite an impression on me because of its realness and its appreciation of detail of life in urban New Jersey. It struck a chord with me, personally, because I grew up with friends like those depicted in the movie. It further made an impression with me because I used to spend time in Teaneck several years ago, so some of the characters were kept "real". At times, this movie seemed like a documentary because you didn't know whether or not these were real events taking place. Although movies like "Boys in the Hood" and "Menace II Society" grab more attention, I personally feel these movies were somewhat "enhanced" to appeal to a broader audience. "New Jersey Drive" was an uncompromising piece of "in your face" reality. Lee and Gomez covered every detail in this urban drama from the music, clothing, slang, and location.Unlike some of the movies I mentioned earlier, the actors performed as if they weren't "actors". Nothing was compromised in order to make good "theater". The only misfortune to come from this movie was the fact that many people "slept" on it. I look forward to more works of art from Nick and Spike in the hopefully near future.


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