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Slam (1998)

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Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of ... See full summary »

Director:

Marc Levin

Writers:

Marc Levin (story), Richard Stratton (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saul Williams ... Ray Joshua
Sonja Sohn ... Lauren Bell
Bonz Malone Bonz Malone ... Hopha
Lawrence Wilson Lawrence Wilson ... Big Mike
Beau Sia ... Jimmy Huang
Andre Taylor Andre Taylor ... China
Momolu Stewart Momolu Stewart ... Bay (Jail Rapper)
Ron Jones Ron Jones ... Do Wop Cop
Reamer Shedrick Reamer Shedrick ... Do Wop Cop
Allan E. Lucas Allan E. Lucas ... Chief C.O.
Dominic Chianese Jr. Dominic Chianese Jr. ... Officer Dom
Jerome Goldman Jerome Goldman ... Jail Class Poet 'Why'
DJ Renegade DJ Renegade ... Party Poet 'Diminuendo in Blue'
Liza Jessie Peterson Liza Jessie Peterson ... Slam Poet 'Ice Cream'
Taylor Mali Taylor Mali ... Slam Poet 'Like'
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Storyline

Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written by Offline Publicist

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Words make sense of a world that won't. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, a sex scene and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rozgrywka See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,887, 11 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$982,214, 20 December 1998
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Ray is on his way to the poetry night, he gets on the metro at the Cleveland Park station, rides, and gets off at the metro at the same station: Cleveland Park. See more »

Quotes

Ray Joshua: And they start shooting at the children / one by one / two by two / three by three / four by four / five by five / six by six / But my spirit is growing seven by seven.
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Soundtracks

Hologrammic Dub
Performed by DJ Spooky (as DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid)
Written by DJ Spooky (as Paul D. Miller)
Under license from Asphodel Ltd.
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Saul the poet
13 December 2002 | by kamy_22See all my reviews

A movie that will move you in every possible way. A 'black gangsta' movie that doesn't rely on mindless violence to give you the 'message'.

The 'message' from this movie is beautiful and the poetry is mindblowing (especially the last poem). The acting is excellent throughout and the funny thing is that all the acting is natural and it seems like you are a watching a gritty documentary. (Look out for the jail riot and you will understand what I mean).

A highly recommended movie, do not miss it.


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