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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

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The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

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F. Gary Gray

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Jonathan Herman (screenplay), Andrea Berloff (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Ice Cube
Corey Hawkins ... Dr. Dre
Jason Mitchell ... Eazy-E
Neil Brown Jr. ... DJ Yella
Aldis Hodge ... MC Ren
Marlon Yates Jr. ... D.O.C.
R. Marcos Taylor ... Suge Knight (as R. Marcus Taylor)
Carra Patterson ... Tomica
Alexandra Shipp ... Kim
Paul Giamatti ... Jerry Heller
Elena Goode ... Nicole
Keith Powers ... Tyree
Joshua Brockington ... Young Warren G
Sheldon A. Smith ... Warren G
LaKeith Stanfield ... Snoop (as Lakeith Lee Stanfield)
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Storyline

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today. Written by Universal Pictures

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The world's most dangerous times created the world's most dangerous group See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Straight Outta Compton See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,100,000, 16 August 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$161,197,785

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$201,634,991
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Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The project began with writers S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus, who in early 2004 brought their script about NWA co-founder Eazy-E to Bill Straus, a former New Line executive turned producer. For the next two years, Straus developed it with Circle of Confusion's David Engel, spending much of that time fighting just to get a meeting with Eazy's widow, Tomica Wright, who controlled the music rights. Eventually, a friend got her the script. With Woods-Wright onboard, the group took the project to Toby Emmerich, who attached Ice Cube and his producing partner, Matt Alvarez, who essentially took it over. "Cube and I probably in 2002 had started talking about making an NWA movie," says Alvarez. "But Cube felt he wasn't quite ready to tell that story." One reason he changed his mind: "If you don't get involved, they could do it the wrong way." Cube wanted the story to focus on the group and not just Eazy-E, and he and Emmerich hired screenwriter Andrea Berloff to rework the script. Attempts to persuade Dr. Dre to join the team dovetailed with a labyrinthine attempt to buy the music rights. Executives came and went along the way (Luke Ryan, Michele Weiss, Dave Neustadter), all pushing to make the film. When F. Gary Gray was hired to direct, and Dre agreed to become one of the producers, the team was ready to move forward. But Warners had a budget threshold. Looking at other music and African-American-themed pictures, it wanted to limit Compton's cost to the mid-teens. That was too low for the producers, who asked to take it elsewhere. "Toby was an advocate for this movie," says Alvarez. "He came out of the music business, and he'd run the music division at New Line. He would have made this no matter what." Emmerich agreed to put it in turnaround. Universal snapped it up. Writer Jonathan Herman was brought in to rework the Berloff script, adding elements of Dre's life that had not been included in previous drafts. (Others writers, such as Cheo Hodari Coker, also contributed to the script.) Universal gave the movie a go-ahead in early 2014 - only for everything to crash again during preproduction. With costs now in the mid-$30 millions, the studio halted work until the 145-page screenplay could be trimmed. "We were at an impasse with Universal in terms of the script that we had and the amount it was going to cost," says Alvarez. "We all agreed to shut down preproduction, and worked on the script to get it down to a place where we were able to find a happy medium." Part of that happy medium involved Cube and Dre agreeing to advance some of their own money, as well as lose their up-front salaries. See more »

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2Pac is in the studio recording Tupac Shakur's song "Hail Mary." That song was famously written and recorded in August 1996, but the scene takes place in 1993 or 1994. See more »

Quotes

Tupac: What up, Dre?
Dr. Dre: What up, Pac?
Tupac: I was about to bust niggas in the mouth with this new album.
Dr. Dre: I feel that.
Tupac: Suge said you got some heat for a nigga.
Dr. Dre: Hell yeah!
[Plays Tupac a "California Love" Instrumental]
Dr. Dre: Fuck wit it.
Tupac: California love.
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More Bounce To The Ounce
Written by Roger Troutman
Performed by Zapp
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Rhymes of The Ghetto
20 September 2015 | by mhikmetaltugSee all my reviews

"Straight Outta Compton" has the similar taste of the other Music business,Wall Street business and the merchandise business movies which could easily satisfy and inspire the young audience to live their Katharsis of being a successful man or woman in the future, like the depicted successful people in these biographical genre movies. Because of theming this advantageous fact, usually these kinds of movies reaches the box office success in a short time (The Recent Example is The Wolf of Wall Street ). In addition to that, if you choose real biographic characters who live in ghettos and climbing the huge wall of the world's top in a while, definitely sell. Especially to young needy teenagers and young people eager to try everything to break the societies pressures and taboos.

The expectation on the box office is important of course. "Straight Outta Compton" will possibly gain the success on box office.But some effectiveness' can make the audience feel uncomfortable about watching it again or remember it as their one of all time favorite classic. At least I will criticize the defectiveness that I have determined after I watched the movie until the end.

The Subject of the biographic approach of Rap All-Stars is a perfect and unique idea. The originality can't be questioned. However the catharsis that I have mentioned before could not work for all cinema audience, I found the directing, acting and narration superficial.This was not the first biographical movie that has disappointed me with its narration and process of progression. And I think that won't be the last for sure.That's another argument.The main point is some biographies made by commercial concerns and cosmetic structure, harms them sometimes.This is the Rap Music's fathers' story,the action scenes could be more efficient on the contrary of matching some action b-movies, the classical and vigilant music agent profile played by Paul Giamatti, gave me the feeling of the same type which I ran across in other Music based movies.The actors who play the role of The Rap creators are good. The lack of the Katharsis begins with their shallow depiction, so that I definitely think that Dre or Ice Cube or Eazy E's lives depiction with other characters and crowded casting had created that mess and caused the defectiveness. Because almost 2 and a half hour movie isn't enough to depict the whole family of rap's beginning and the depiction of separate lives of them could make a better order in the narration. Linked to that criticism of the shallow narration, the documentary trace additions which would be a good idea on a biographical Movie, was used ineffectively in my opinion. For Example The Rap's born documentary series on VH1 would be watchable for all kinds of documentary lovers, so I believe that in the movie this magazine coverage documentary style is used by showing the social struggles of the Rapper's since their youth, the police's tough attitudes to the Black Citizens in their Neighbourhoods and putting the actual footage of the fights and plundering in the ghettos. However the idea of Half magazine and half crime narrated documentary style using in a movie, is very hard job and I realized that some parts were good adopted from this kind of E! or VH1 documentaries but some parts seemed weak because of several things that make the distinction between Documentary Movie and Cinema Movie, which would cause dead ends on the narration of Cinema Movie.

For instance the lack of voice narration as a result of the director's obligation of staying out of magazine words, the time-lapse difference between a documentary and a movie,the slow timing usage to tell the story in the movie on the contrary of a rushing biographical documentary and doing it with telling the audience the story of at least 5-6 rap stars in such a slow occasion, had killed the spirit of the "Magazine-Documentary- Biography" triplet style depiction. But I still believe that "Straight Outta Compton" could easily be the first and unique example of the future styles of direction and maybe could create a new unique genre as well.


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