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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 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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In the biggest situation in your life, How Far will you go to resist it? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violent content | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The characters of the film actually parallel the students from The Breakfast Club (1995). Rosario Dawson's character is the perfect, well behaved good student (Molly Ringwald), Fredro Starr and Clifton Collins both play the criminal troublemaker (Judd Nelson), Usher plays the jock (Emilio Estevez), Sara Gilbert plays the unpopular reject girl (Ally Sheedy), while Robert Ri'chard plays the naive runt (Anthony Michael Hall). Ironically, Judd Nelson who played troublemaker John Bender in The Breakfast Club appears in the movie as a straight-laced teacher. See more »

Goofs

The various emergency vehicles that arrive on the scene frequently change positions and models between scenes/sequences. See more »

Quotes

Officer Dante Jackson: Come here, son.
Lester Dewitt: Don't call me son. I'm not your son.
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Connections

References The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »

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Cry Baby
Composed by Chris Bartlett, Jim McGregor, Stephani Bennett, Scott Schreer (as Scott P. Schreer)
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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brilliantly acted
18 June 2000 | by scoobydoo2000msSee all my reviews

"Light It Up" is smart, heart pounding and filled with suspense that will keep everyone on the edge of their seat. This is a truly smart thriller drama that takes a look at one of the biggest problems facing America.

Everything about "Light It Up" worked from the performances from relative newcomers such as Usher Raymond and Robert Ri'chard to veterans like Forest Whitaker and Vanessa L. Williams. One thing I must say about the cast of "Light It Up" they took the script and performed with the heart and intent of making this film a success.

The best thing about this movie was not the action but the message that it was trying to send the message that everyone deserves to be treated equally and with the same amount of respect.

Also, the characters were richly developed with honesty and integrity that seems to be missing from films I have been watching recently. I'm glad I got the opportunity to watch "Light It Up" because it taught me not to make judgements based upon first impressions.

Whether you like "Light It Up" or not it will touch you and move you to action. This truly is a movie that has spirit and deserves to be watched.


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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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