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A pair of violent Men have spiritual awakenings.

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Tommy 'Buns' Bundy
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Sincere
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Mark
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Kisha
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Tionne
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Knowledge (as Power)
Louie Rankin ...
Lennox
Stan Drayton ...
Wise (as Stanley Drayton)
James Parris ...
LaKid
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Shameek
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Kurt Loder
Ben Chavis ...
Rev. Saviour (as Minister Benjamin F. Muhammed)
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Big
Jay Black ...
Black
John 'B.J.' Bryant ...
Thug #1
Prince 'Blunt' Graham ...
Thug #2
Wondosas 'Kilo' Martin ...
Thug #3
Shaun Morrison ...
Housekeeper
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Roger
Eric Keith McNeil ...
Shorty
Xavier Simmons ...
Young Tommy
LaVita Raynor ...
Kionna
Monica Michaels ...
Club Manager
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Girl in Office (as Jennifer 'Nen' Gatien)
Az ...
Born (as Anthony 'Az' Cruz)
David Edwards ...
Federal Agent
Jeffrey H. Kaufman ...
Federal Agent (as Jeffrey Kaufman)
Brant Spencer ...
Federal Agent
Adam Vignola ...
Federal Agent (as Adam C. Vignola)
Micaal Stevens ...
Killer
Michael Woodhouse ...
Older Barber
Tyrone Lewis ...
Younger Barber
Carmen Yannuzzi Jr. ...
Guard
Crystal N. Johnson ...
Knowledge's Cop Girlfriend
James Gresham ...
Speaker
Michael Manning ...
Teacher
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FBI Agent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Church Member (uncredited)
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Officer who arrests Tommy 'Buns' (uncredited)
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Church member (uncredited)
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Night Assassin (uncredited)
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Poet / Wrath (uncredited)
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FBI Agent (uncredited)
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Sean Paul (uncredited)
Ronald 'Too Small' Small ...
Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hype Williams

Written by

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Anthony Bodden ... (story) &
Nas ... (story) &
Hype Williams ... (story)
 
Hype Williams ... (written by)

Produced by

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James Bigwood ... executive producer
Rj Harper ... producer liaison
Larry Meistrich ... producer
Edwin J. Nunez ... producer
Ron Rotholz ... producer
Robert Salerno ... producer
Hype Williams ... producer
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Stephen Cullo

Cinematography by

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Malik Hassan Sayeed ... director of photography (as Malik Sayeed)

Film Editing by

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David Leonard

Editorial Department

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Laura Congleton ... assistant editor
Keith Croket ... associate editor
Bryan Ellenburg ... executive in charge of post-production
Tritia Espinoza ... international editor
Jim Passon ... color timer
Patricia Sztaba ... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba ... negative matcher

Casting By

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Mel City ... (casting associate)
Winsome Sinclair

Production Design by

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Regan Jackson

Art Direction by

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Jennifer Chang Binns ... (as Jennifer Chang)
Nicholas Lundy

Set Decoration by

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Raquel Anita Parke
Carol Silverman

Costume Design by

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June Ambrose

Makeup Department

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Mary Aaron ... makeup artist
Marie Brown ... hair stylist
Jane Choi ... additional assistant makeup artist
Sharyn Cordice ... makeup department head
Michele Paris ... key makeup artist (as Michele Paris-Catanzarite)

Production Management

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Bill Block ... executive in charge of production
Kwesi Dickson ... unit production manager: Jamaica
Richard Ford Jr. ... production supervisor
Eitan Hakami ... post-production supervisor
Dana Reid ... executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Angi Bones ... second second assistant director (as Angelique Bones)
Sarah Gyllenstierna ... assistant director

Art Department

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Scott Canfield ... set dresser
Karen Cusick ... art department coordinator
Anthony Dimeo ... property master
Rodrigo Guerrero ... art department intern
Greg Izzo ... special props
Clarissa Shanahan ... painter
Director X. ... visual consultant (as Julien Christian Lutz)

Sound Department

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David Acord ... boom operator
Steve Borne ... sound designer (as Steve 'Iceman' Borne)
Dave Flynch ... assistant sound editor
Bobby Johanson ... adr mixer
Bruce Kitzmeyer ... sound effects editor
Tod A. Maitland ... sound mixer
Reggie McGuire ... sound effects editor
Jay Meagher ... sound mixer
Branka Mrkic ... adr editor
Angela Organ ... assistant adr editor
Michael Scott ... boom operator
Dominick Tavella ... sound re-recordist
Clive Taylor ... sound editor: TV version

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Andy Barrios ... inferno artist: main title, Rainmaker Digital
Eric Person ... digital effects
Christopher Dusendschon ... in-show optical process and effects compositor: THDX (uncredited) / optical element Hazeltine colorist: THDX (uncredited)
Will McCoy ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Brother Eden Douglas ... stunt performer (as Brother Douglas)
Peter Epstein ... stunts
Joanne Lamstein ... stunts
Julius LeFlore ... stunt coordinator
Marcus Salgado ... stunts
Mitchell Green ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Terrence Laron Burke ... grip
Brian Carmichael ... video operator
Teofilo Colon Jr. ... assistant to cinematographer
Lamont Crawford ... key dolly grip
Ray Edwards ... second assistant camera: Jamaica
Christian Epps ... gaffer
James McMillan ... key grip
Leigh Rathner ... second assistant camera
Rick Robinson ... camera operator
Darren Ryan ... 24 frame video operator
Lowell Schulman ... key construction electric

Casting Department

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David H. Kramer ... adr voice casting
With Lacroix ... casting assistant
Theron Smith ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Denise N. Gray ... wardrobe intern

Location Management

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Guy Efrat ... location scout
Charlynne J. Hopson ... assistant location manager
James D. Lee ... assistant location manager
Michael London ... location facilities coordinator
Len Murach ... location manager
Shieed Pittman ... location production assistant
Joaquin Diego Prange ... location assistant
Cesar Quinones ... location scout
Mimi Turner ... location scout

Music Department

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Barry Cole ... music consultant
Stuart Levy ... music editor
Lawrence Manchester ... score mixer

Transportation Department

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Mike Easter ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

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Steev Beeson ... production accountant (as Steve Beeson)
Anthony Bodden ... assistant to director / consultant: grassroots
Cassandra Butcher ... publicity consultant / unit publicist
Sam Connelly ... production assistant
Andrea Greer ... script supervisor
P.J. Haines ... chef
Celeste Jackson ... assistant coordinator (as Celeste Peterka)
Rosemary Lombard ... production coordinator
Maeve Mannion ... production accountant: Jamaica
Keegan Martin ... production assistant
Tim Masick ... film-to-tape transfer
Ademola McMullen ... key production assistant
Gayatri Persad ... production coordinator: Jamaica
Abdur Rahman ... directorial assistant
Gingi Rochelle ... equipment coordinator
Dana Terra ... equipment coordinator: Jamaica
Rick Washburn ... weapons coordinator
Ryder Washburn ... assistant weapons coordinator
Ithiell Yisrael ... production assistant

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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? See more »
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Also Known As
  • White Lines - Im Teufelskreis des Verbrechens (Germany)
  • Könnyű pénz (Hungary)
  • Живот (Russia)
Runtime
  • 96 min
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Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia All of the houses and vehicles they used in this movie were those of the artists. Most notably the white house, which in the movie belonged to DMX's character Buns, was actually one of DMX's homes in Florida. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Mýa Feat. Noreaga & Raekwon: Movin' Out (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Back to Life 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 look around. The majority of the youth roam the streets... dealing in drugs, sex and violence, thinking these things have no real effect on life. Crimes without real punishment. An uncaring, unfeeling generation... without knowledge of self. This is the future of our nation, the future of our people. Do you think hatred and evil will go unpunished? The world is now feeling the heat... from flames it has kept burning since the beginning of civilization. You represent that fire. You and I are just a small part of God's plan. The evil men of this world have applied every method possible... to deceive its occupants. And each time with greater success than anticipated. But no more. Tonight, with this new millennium, God will begin to overcome this evil. I represent the truth... to the people. Without truth, nothing is sacred. The lie-that's what the devil is all about. You know that, that's why you're here. The truth is, we all play a grave role... in our own destruction. Your money. Your lifestyles. The things that people value and covet so dearly... are the bait that lures them out of the light. Through the love of others... I have power. The truth gives me this. Those that fear me send you here, here to murder all that I say. They use what you fear against you. Your fear of death, your fear of imprisonment. Where in this world is anyone safe from death? You see the lies you've been told? The path you take is not your own. Have you ever thought about how precious a life is? How difficult it is to create? How loosely and easily it has been for you to take away? Brother, help me. Help me to do what's right. Help me to stop the slaughter of our children. Help me to put an end to the disrespect... and the dishonor of our most valuable resource: the black woman. Help me put an end... to the destruction of the young mind through the use of drugs, alcohol. Help me to build up a population of great thinkers. People who create change... through thoughtfulness and spirituality. Will you choose that truth? Will you? Will you choose the light over the darkness? Hold it, stay where you are. Will you choose life? It's time. It's time, man. It's time.
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