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Detroit Unleaded (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 April 2013 (USA)
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An ambitious Lebanese-American youth is forced to take over his family's gas station after his father's death.


Rola Nashef


Rola Nashef, Rola Nashef (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
EJ Assi EJ Assi ... Sami
Nada Shouhayib Nada Shouhayib ... Najlah
Mike Batayeh Mike Batayeh ... Mike
Mary Assel Mary Assel ... Mariam
Akram El-Ahmar Akram El-Ahmar ... Ibrahim
Angela Roberts Johnson ... Keesha (as Angela Roberts)
Enoch Austin III Enoch Austin III ... Baby Kwame
Scott Norman ... Roger
Peter Daoust ... Baseball Announcer (voice)
Henri Watkins Henri Watkins ... Mr. Stevvels (as Henri Watkins Sr.)
Ellington King Ellington King ... Kwame
Miles Anthony Garrison Miles Anthony Garrison ... Blizzy (as Miles Garrison)
Anthony Ennis Anthony Ennis ... Lotto Looser
Jesean Johnson Jesean Johnson ... Neighborhood Kid #1
Henry Ramsey Henry Ramsey ... Neighborhood Kid #2


A fresh take on boy-meets-girl comedy set in Detroit. Sami runs his immigrant family's gas station with his cousin Mike, a charismatic hustler with dreams of expanding into an unleaded empire. More than just a pit stop for late-night gas and rolling papers, their station is where a steady stream of unforgettable and often hilarious customers flow through. When a gorgeous "up-do girl" named Najlah comes to deliver cheap long-distance phone cards, Sami quickly falls for her from behind the bulletproof glass. Afraid her overprotective brother Fadi will disapprove, Najlah begins an under-the-counter romance with Sami, making his shift anything but routine. Written by Anonymous

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Don't be such a dreamcrusher, bro.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


Not Rated


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English | Arabic

Release Date:

4 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Gas Afterhours See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Remake of Detroit Unleaded (2007) See more »


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24 February 2014 | by bubba8193See all my reviews

Detroit Unleaded offers a refreshing and light-hearted take on the traditional "boy meets girl" story. The main character, Sami, is working at his family's local gas station in Detroit when he first meets Najlah. But, in true romantic film fashion, Najlah worries that her old brother would not approve of the potential relationship. What makes this film such a hidden gem and true fresh of breath air is the realistic chemistry between the two main characters on screen. The fact that first time director Role Nashef filmed and casted in Detroit adds a lot of genuine cinematography and middle-eastern cultural background to the storyline. There's a particular scene when a character in the gas station tells a customer "…if you get to a red light, it's Detroit. Keep going!" I thought this scene was hilarious! It captured the cultural setting of Detroit and humor of the film in one great line. It's a wonderful thing to see new and upcoming filmmakers creating films that exhibit a genuine sense of honesty and charm. Looking forward to Nashef's next directorial effort!

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