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Caught Up (1998)

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She caught his eye. He was caught off guard. Now Daryl Allen is caught in the line of fire. After six years behind bars, a reformed street hood(Bokeem Woodbine) puts down his gun and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bokeem Woodbine ... Daryl
Damon Saleem Damon Saleem ... Trip
Cynda Williams ... Trish / Vanessa
Jeffrey Combs ... Security Guard
Shedric Hunter Jr. Shedric Hunter Jr. ... Jerome
Tony Todd ... Jake
Joseph Granda ... Billy Grimm (as Joseph Lindsey)
Clifton Powell ... Herbert / Frank Lowden
Jeris Poindexter ... Larry
Snoop Dogg ... Kool Kitty Kat (as Snoop Doggy Dogg)
Doug Kruse ... Freeway Cop
Darin Scott ... TV Field Reporter
Marques Johnson Marques Johnson ... Strap (as Marcus Johnson)
Jerry Boyd ... Mayor Skrote
Michael Clarke Duncan ... BB
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She caught his eye. He was caught off guard. Now Daryl Allen is caught in the line of fire. After six years behind bars, a reformed street hood(Bokeem Woodbine) puts down his gun and struggles to go legit. But when a beautiful, mysterious young woman gets him involved with a bag of stolen diamonds, corrupt cops and a Jamaican mobster, his dreams for an honest future are shattered by a hail of gunfire. Snoop Doggy Dogg and LL Cool J cameo in this gritty action-thriller, from the producers of "Menace II Society" and "Tales from the Hood". Written by Artisan Entertainment

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This game has only two rules. Do or die.


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Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Bokeem Woodbine and Clifton Powell previously starred together 3 years prior in Dead Presidents (1995) and 6 years later in Ray (2004) See more »


Daryl Allen: I ain't goin' out like no punk
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Spoofs Superman (1941) See more »


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Publishing by BDP Music (ASCAP)/Killah Pride Entertainment (ASCAP)/Livingston Music (ASCAP)
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So bad it's good
22 January 2005 | by guyfromjerzeeSee all my reviews

The whole idea of taking such film noirs as "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice" and giving them a modern urban twist sounds quite intriguing. Unfortunately, in the case of "Caught Up," the execution is poor. First issue: the casting of Bokeem Woodbine as the lead. Woodbine has been in other urban films like "Menace 2 Society" and "Jason's Lyric," and he wasn't bad in some of those supporting roles. He just isn't cut out for being a leading man. I can tell he wasn't perfectly comfortable with carrying the film on his own two shoulders. The problem with his flat performance is that his face rarely changes expression and he delivers every line like he's constipated. His emotions don't come naturally to him, and as a result his performance is totally strained. The rest of the cast is pretty good. Cynda Williams is beautiful to look at. Jeffrey Combs has an amusing cameo. The script is ludicrous, as it's full of way-too-odd coincidences and implausible plot twists. I can tell that the director Darin Scott was very passionate about this project and very much inspired by those great noirs of the past, but his direction is over-the-top. He explains, in his DVD commentary, that he used a hyper-realistic approach since it's narrated by the main character and people tend to embellish details when telling stories - especially ones as spectacular as this one. His reasons are understandable, but the film still didn't work for me. If there's anything good I have to say, "Caught Up" is worth some good laughs - mind you, you'll be laughing at it, rather than with it.

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Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,422,631, 1 March 1998

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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