Daryl wants to go straight after years in prison. He meets a cute girl who helps him find an honest job driving. He wants to save up and open a nightclub. But then gems and mayhem pop up.


Darin Scott


Darin Scott





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


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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Final film to be released by Live Entertainment before the company changed its name to Artisan Entertainment. See more »


Daryl Allen: I ain't goin' out like no punk
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Another dust-collector on videostore shelves.
12 November 2002 | by FeverDogSee all my reviews

A poorly written urban crime drama that would have worked better as a sketch in HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE, CAUGHT UP stars Bokeem Woodbine as an ex-con trying to go straight. Shortly after his release from prison, he meets Trish (Cynda Williams, whose mediocre performance is in sharp contrast to her impressive work in ONE FALSE MOVE), who's, of all things, a psychic being pursued by an evil Rastafarian from whom she stole a huge diamond. Instead of staying the hell away from this apparently high-maintenance love interest (she's beautiful, you see) and trying to reconnect with his former squeeze, he agrees to help her. Every stereotype and cliché is used, as well as howlingly bad dialogue ("Nobody was waiting for me but a dude named destiny") and the perfunctory hip-hop cameos. This film seems to have been made solely to promote its accompanying soundtrack, but with hardly any rap music included in the movie, what exactly was the point of all this?

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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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