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Slam (1998)

R | | Drama | 7 October 1998 (USA)
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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 »

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Marc Levin

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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. ... 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

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

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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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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

Lauren Bell: You can give birth to an excuse so easily, you will believe it's always been there.
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Nihilismus 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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A Film Not Afraid to Tell the Truth
3 September 2001 | by drhymSee all my reviews

I happened upon Slam quite by coincidence one evening. I just got an updated cable system with all of these channels and movies and music. So I was surfing and I came upon Slam. I had no idea what it was. I had never heard of the movie before, but I was familiar with Saul Williams and his work. I had seen him on a documentary a few years ago. I thought the film was brilliant in the sense that it took a familiar topic and refreshed it. Slam was intense and real. It was preachy without being trite, redundant, cliche, or just plain corny. The actors were totally believable. I bought it. I bought it all, hook, line, and sinker. And in the end, that's all I can ask of a film, to take me somewhere I want to go, but haven't been before. This film was not afraid to tell the truth. And again, more importantly it was not afraid to also tell us that there are no easy solutions or easy roads out.


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