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Streetwise (1998)

R | | Action, Crime, Thriller
Three brothers use legal and illegal methods to make it out of their drug-infected neighborhood.


Bruce Brown


Bruce Brown


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Credited cast:
Tim Taylor Tim Taylor ... Eric Walker
Kurt Matthews Kurt Matthews ... Donte Walker
Jerry Cummings Jerry Cummings ... Michael Walker
DC Scorpio DC Scorpio ... Loco
Henri Edmonds Henri Edmonds ... Mrs. Walker
Sid Burston ... Raymond
Taraji P. Henson ... Tammy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Crews James Crews ... Crews
Bunny Dorsett Bunny Dorsett ... Tammy's Mother
Big Tony Fisher Big Tony Fisher ... Big Tony (as Tony Fisher)
James Funk James Funk ... Milt
Sheila Hayes Sheila Hayes ... Alexandria
DJ Kool DJ Kool ... Himself
Paco Lopez Paco Lopez ... Himself
David Jason Orr ... Tom Tom


Three brothers use legal and illegal methods to make it out of their drug-infected neighborhood.

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Action | Crime | Thriller








Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Clinton, Maryland, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kim Person, Sheila Hayes and David Jason Orr reprise's their roles in the sequel Divided City (2004). See more »


References Good to Go (1986) See more »


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Performed by Rare Essence
Coutesty of Rare One Records and Sounds of the Capital Records
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An excellent portrayal of the senseless violence, and open-air drug traffic that plague the streets of our Nation's Capital.
16 August 2000 | by DavidJasonOrrSee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to audition for and land a part ("Tom Tom")in this independent film that was shot on a budget of less than $300,000, and distributed independently. I learned alot about the process, and therefore am far less critical of the final outcome than I would be as an outside observer, although I am always critical of work that I am involved in.

Bruce Brown and his staff did an incredible job of pulling this off despite political and industry red-tape. We opened to over 2,000 fans at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Downtown DC. You are talking about an independent African American film maker in our Nation's Capital attempting to produce a film about Black on Black crime, and drug dealing that is taking place on the front steps of the White house. This during a period where DC had become known as the Murder Capital, and we were still recovering from the Mayor Marion Barry scandal. It is hard enough to get a film on screen already.

Many of the actors were first time performers, although I think it has been repeatedly overlooked that several of us were either professional theatre performers, or accomplished musicians. Looking at the credits you see Big Tony of Trouble Funk who are a world-wide reknown Go-Go band with hits like "Drop the Bomb", DJ Kool ("Let me clear my throat"), James Funk of Rare Essence Band, and currently Proper Utensils band, DC Scorpio (Stone Cold Hustler, Beam Me Up Scotty).. Although, these artists may not be household names to contemporary fans outside the metro area, they definitely hold their own in front of a camera.

I think a fan would have to try to make a movie themselves to fully appreciate how good this effort actually came out. We're talking about buying your own cameras and equipment, obtaining licenses to film, or shooting around them, dealing with cast members who disappear during filming, etc.

I also would say that those who expect what they see from a multi-million dollar film may be the most critical. I have experienced that from my own peer group, but all in all, the response has been fantastic.

I would like to thank all the fans, and especially BlackPlanet.com for their support.

I hope to participate in forums on this movie, so join me there, or email me. I do my best to keep up with responses, personally.

You can rent "Streetwise" at Blockbuster Video, or buy it online at Amazon.com

Be on the lookout for the upcoming sequel, entitled "Divided City." The production team is currently wrapping up shooting.

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