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Riot (1997)

In April 1992, following the notorious Rodney King verdict, the streets of Los Angeles became a battlefield, the backdrop to four personal intertwined stories. In Gold Mountain, Jeff Lee ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dante Basco ... Jeff Lee (segment "Gold Mountain")
Kieu Chinh ... Mrs. Lee (segment "Gold Mountain")
Mako ... Mr. Lee (segment "Gold Mountain")
Alexis Cruz ... Carlos (segment "Caught in the Fever")
Yelba Osorio Yelba Osorio ... Iris (segment "Caught in the Fever")
John Ortiz ... Ciaco (segment "Caught in the Fever")
Douglas Spain ... Manuel (segment "Caught in the Fever")
Luke Perry ... Boomer (segment "Empty")
Peter Dobson ... Chaz (segment "Empty")
Mario Van Peebles ... Turner (segment "Homecoming Day")
Melvin Van Peebles ... Vernon (segment "Homecoming Day")
Cicely Tyson ... Maggie (segment "Homecoming Day")
Derek Basco ... Lyle (segment "Gold Mountain")
Phillip Wong Phillip Wong ... Phil (segment "Gold Mountain") (as Phil Wong)
Ernie Lee Banks ... Wino (segment "Gold Mountain")
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In April 1992, following the notorious Rodney King verdict, the streets of Los Angeles became a battlefield, the backdrop to four personal intertwined stories. In Gold Mountain, Jeff Lee and his parents run Good Neighbor Liquor in South Central L.A. Theirs is an Asian family of "old world" values at odds with a modern world-cultures that are about to clash in ways they never imagined. In Caught in the Fever, a day at the mall for Manuel Alvarado, the eldest son of a poor Hispanic family, and his girlfriend Iris, spirals into a nightmare as they're drawn into the out-of-control frenzy of a violent afternoon. In Homecoming Day, Turner Coates returns to the South Central hood of his youth to visit his mother - a homecoming overshadowed by an inescapable threat. In Empty, Boomer Phillips and his fellow LAPD officers are in a South Central restaurant when Boomer receives the command from his dispatcher to get out of South Central-but the command comes too late. Boomer's already in too deep... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and pervasive strong language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Riot in the Streets See more »

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Showtime Networks See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Heat Wave (1990) (TV) is more entertaining and far more enlightening
26 October 2000 | by chazekuaSee all my reviews

Heat Wave, TNT's movie about the 1965 Watts Riots is a far better film than Riot and handles many similar themes far more successfully. Riot, on the hand does a lot of yakking but little is really talked about. In trying to say "everything" about the causes and concerns that lead to the L.A. Riots, it ends up becoming totally unfocused and rather tedious. This is too important a subject to be given such short shrift and lack of real insight.


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