A smart, likeable, 17-year-old film student from Harlem sees his world turned upside down when he's charged with a murder. We follow his dramatic journey through a complex legal battle.


Anthony Mandler


Colen C. Wiley (screenplay by) (as Cole Wiley), Janece Shaffer (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
ASAP Rocky ... James King (as Rakim Mayers)
John David Washington ... Richard 'Bobo' Evans
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Steve Harmon
Roberto Lopez ... Mr. Nesbitt
Kelvin Hale ... Court Officer
Jennifer Ehle ... Maureen O'Brien
Paul Ben-Victor ... Anthony Petrocelli
Dorian Missick ... Asa Briggs
Jennifer Hudson ... Mrs. Harmon
Jeffrey Wright ... Mr. Harmon
Carl Johansson Carl Johansson ... Court Officer #2
Willie C. Carpenter ... Judge
Geisha Otero Geisha Otero ... Jury Foreman
Nyleek Moore ... Jerry Harmon
Lovie Simone ... Renee Pickford


Based on the award winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, the film tells the story of Steve Harmon, a 17 yr old honors student and aspiring filmmaker who gets caught up in a robbery where a murder happens. The film follows his dramatic journey through a complex legal battle for his fight to prove his innocence. Written by Andrey Tavera

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No one has any idea who I am.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some violence and bloody images | See all certifications »

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Kelvin Harrison Jr. and John David Washington also worked together in Monsters and Men (2018). See more »


No Flockin
Written by Kodak Black (as Dieuson Octave), Rui Wen Wen Pan
Performed by Lovie Simone
Published by Entertainment One Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI)
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Skip it, or don't, will make no difference whatsoever.
7 May 2021 | by JoeHudSee all my reviews

Why do movies so regularly show the murder suspect going to trial, of all things, nearly immediately after arrest? The average time for this particular situation is two years or so before full trial. Our "hero" would have had several months in jail, not prison, leading up to it. After a conviction he'll do his time in prison. It's that simple, why not hire a competent consultant or listen to their "consulting", you know, what you pay them for?

And a lone detective dressed like a comic book investigator making the arrest? Absolutely laughable!

The gray colored courtroom looked like either a cartoon or Star Trek simulation room, I can't decide which. Ridiculous decision, and yes I get the artistic angle since they were pushing it so hard, but still bad. The narration even mentioned it, referring to justice being black or white, no gray. Then it's pure gray, huh?

Wright, Nelson, and Victor all had excellent performances as expected, rest were meh.

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Release Date:

7 May 2021 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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