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Belly (1998)

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A pair of violent Men have spiritual awakenings.

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Hype Williams

Writers:

Anthony Bodden (story), Nas (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
DMX ... Tommy 'Buns' Bundy
Nas ... Sincere
Hassan Johnson ... Mark
Taral Hicks ... Kisha
Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins ... Tionne
Oliver 'Power' Grant ... Knowledge (as Power)
Louie Rankin Louie Rankin ... Lennox
Stan Drayton Stan Drayton ... Wise (as Stanley Drayton)
James Parris James Parris ... LaKid
Method Man ... Shameek
Kurt Loder ... Kurt Loder
Ben Chavis Ben Chavis ... Rev. Saviour (as Minister Benjamin F. Muhammed)
Tyrin Turner ... Big
Jay Black Jay Black ... Black
John 'B.J.' Bryant John 'B.J.' Bryant ... Thug #1
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Storyline

Tommy Brown and his friend Sincere are gangsters who have learned how to make a good living by dealing drugs and pulling armed robberies. Tommy and Sincere have been able to move out of the ghetto in Queens where they were raised and relocate to an upscale section of Manhattan; they would seem to have it made, but both realize that their lives are headed toward a dead end. Sincere begins getting in touch with his African roots and tries to convince his girlfriend Tionne that they should emigrate to the Motherland, while Tommy has a religious awakening and joins the Nation of Islam. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Money, power, respect... but who's got your back?

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Jamaica | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Könnyű pénz See more »

Filming Locations:

Irvington, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,454,776, 8 November 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,630,169, 24 January 1999
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Big Dog Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes where the characters are seen smoking weed in the film are real, the marijuana blunts being smoked are not props. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Saviour: I knew you were coming... so I sent everyone away... because I believed my final moment was at hand. Before you pull that trigger... and take my life, I would like the chance to tell you some things, perhaps to think about after I am gone. Don't worry about me stallin'. My people have orders to leave me to my studies for another 15 minutes. I will only take five. Can you bear with me? Will you? Then make up your mind. Today marks the change of not only a New Year, but a new millennium. Take a ...
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Features Gummo (1997) See more »

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Blue Agony
Performed and Written by Olu Dara
Published by Bull's Head Music
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A noir musical for the new millennium.
10 October 2001 | by GoatPodaSee all my reviews

I expected "Belly" to be a self-indulgent, expanded version of the gangster rap videos that gave Hype Williams the power in Hollywood to make a feature film. I was right, but what I didn't expect was for it to be so good. I was mesmerized by "Belly" from the opening sequence of choreographed violence and music. Critics of this film should look to its film roots - film noir - movies that grow from the underground crimeworlds in America, that pleasure us with their money schemes, guns, and drug use. "Belly" has this, and more style than I have seen in any movie in recent years. It has dazzling visuals, and a respectable plot that borrows from "Scarface" among others. The acting is respectable, and I didn't see the movie as a piece of media to exploit the careers of its stars, I found it to be a good piece of cinema that legitimizes Nas, DMX, Method Man, Taral Hicks, and Tionne Watkins as actors. The music is great, notably the D'Angelo's "Devil's Pie" that shows crime being played out. The cinematography is stylized and beautiful. The dancing in Jamaica, the shootout in the strip club in Omaha, the opening sequence, the climax with the reverend where the issues that the film may be exploiting are addressed and in my eyes therefore considerate. Its a shame this film was so overlooked by critics. I think within it lies the future of both the gangster movie and the musical.


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