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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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4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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

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All in Line for a Slice of Devil Pie. See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language, a sex scene and brief violence | See all certifications »
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7 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Rozgrywka  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Lauren Bell: You can give birth to an excuse so easily, you will believe it's always been there.
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Galactic Funk
(Live from the Black Hole Mix)
Performed by DJ Spooky (as DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid)
Written by DJ Spooky (as Paul D. Miller)
DJ Spooky appears courtesy of Outpost Recordings
Under license from Asphodel Ltd.
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Awesome
16 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

I really liked this movie. I didn't know anything about this movie except it had poetry and was about urban african-americans. I enjoyed this movie alot. I loved the poetry in the movie too. It shows that people can change and have many different sides to them.

Plot: A poet, Ray, is put into jail for possession of 1/4 pound of weed. He can compromise, plea for 2-3 years, or fight and get 9-10. However, the movie is really about his struggle with himself and what he knows. He changes and wants to change. He does not want to end up like everybody else, and will change the world.

Acting: I really liked the acting. I especially lied the poetry that went into this movie. I think that the movie is great for its poetry alone, although the rest of the movie rocks as well. Ray is especially good, but that is in my opinion.

Presentation: A documentary-like film. This is a good style for its content. I think that the topic and its style are both ultra-realist, so the melt together perfectly.

All in all, this is a great, thought-provoking movie that contains a lot of good poetry. There isn't much to talk about without giving the film away. I like the inner struggles. All of the characters are shown to have histories and presents. The film tries to show how they got from start to present. It doesn't imply how everything will end, and I don't want to know. I like to keep guessing..............10


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