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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Belly is based in a story originally written by Nas. See more »

Quotes

Lennox: Jamaica is good.
Tommy 'Buns' Bundy: Yeah, Jamaica is good. Jamaica is very good.
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Connections

References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Sides
Performed by Vita (as Hot Totti)
Written by Vita (as LaVita Raynor) and Damon 'Grease' Blackman (as Damon Blackmon)
Produced by Dame Grease
Published by Damon Blackmon Publishing/Copyright Control
Courtesy of Vacant Lot Productions, Inc.
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One of the better "Urban/Hip-Hop" Movies of the 90's
31 May 2005 | by cvp3See all my reviews

First off this is one of those movie where you either hate it or love it. I loved the movie. I found it to be one of the better urban movies to come out in the 90's not better then boyz n da hood or menace II society. But It was the best one that centered around life in New York's crime underworld. I also think it's DMX's best movie so far. The movie is stylishly filmed by Director Hype WIlliams and the characters are extremely realistic. The dialog is also realistic. The movie might fall short when it comes to how the plot is set up and the overall development of the characters. That is not to say that the movie doesn't have an overall significant meaning because it does. It addresses some of the problems that face inner city youth today. Most people that don't like this movie fail to realize this fact. The minister character in the movie is not important but rather what he is saying is. With that said I feel that the movie takes bold steps to show how certain ways of life are wrong and why they should be changed. The movie is also not your typical crime/drug movie however it does have some of those moments that could have been rethought to be a bit more interesting. With all that said I recommend the movie to be at least watched once because if nothing else the movie does have a great soundtrack and decent plot.


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