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Light It Up (1999)

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A group of teens are bent on improving the run-down conditions of their high-school.

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Craig Bolotin

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Craig Bolotin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Usher Raymond ... Lester Dewitt
Forest Whitaker ... Officer Dante Jackson
Rosario Dawson ... Stephanie Williams
Robert Ri'chard ... Zacharias 'Ziggy' Malone
Judd Nelson ... Ken Knowles
Fredro Starr ... Rodney J. Templeton
Sara Gilbert ... Lynn Sabatini
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Robert 'Rivers' Tremont
Glynn Turman ... Principal Allan Armstrong
Vic Polizos ... Capt. Monroe
Vanessa Williams ... Audrey McDonald (as Vanessa L. Williams)
Gaddiel Otero Gaddiel Otero ... Arturo Orosco
Frank Dominelli Frank Dominelli ... Sgt. Tortino
Reggie Theus Reggie Theus ... Intel. Officer #1
Jennifer Say Gan ... Intel. Officer #2
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Storyline

On a winter day in a southside Queens high school, events collide and six students are suddenly in an armed standoff with the NYPD. At the school, classrooms freeze, teachers come and go, resources are scant. When a popular teacher is suspended, a few students protest. Jackson, a new security guard, gets tough. In a scuffle, Jackson's wounded with his own gun and a student takes him hostage. A few kids join in, for various reasons. An ineffective policewoman tries to mediate as the police plan an assault, the kids demand improvements to the school, the media pick up the story, and Jackson turns sympathetic. But are too many forces in motion for the students to stay in control? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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they don't want to be heroes they just want to be heard. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violent content | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Usher Raymond and Fredro Starr played love interests of Brandy's character on her show Moesha. See more »

Goofs

While the two students are sitting on the floor talking in the library, the books on the shelf change between shots. See more »

Quotes

Lester Dewitt: Assume the position!
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Connections

Features The Negotiator (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

First One Hit
Written by Bink (as Roosevelt Harrell), Amil (as Amil Whitehead), Solé (as Tonya Johnston)
Performed by Amil & Solé
Produced by Bink for One Shot Deal Entertainment, Inc.
Amil appears courtesy of Roc-A-Fella/Columbia Records
Solé appears courtesy of Red Zone Productions/Dreamworks Records
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I really enjoyed the film.
24 September 1999 | by daisy-24See all my reviews

I thought that the film had a lot of strong, positive messages. I thought that the story-line was unique. The acting was phenomenal from everyone in the cast, although my favorite characters were Rivers and Lynn. I thought they were hilarious. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and I think that most that see this film will enjoy it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Generación perdida See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,408,613, 14 November 1999

Gross USA:

$5,985,690

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,985,690
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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