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Straight Outta Oakland (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 March 2015 (USA)
Four boys, now men, still live in their neighborhood. The community has transformed and what remains is the "hood." Each man negotiates his way through the day surviving the hood and each one has a plan to be set free.

Director:

Marcus D. Spencer (as Big Spence)

Writers:

Marcus D. Spencer (head writer) (as Big Spence), Marcus D. Spencer (story) (as Big Spence) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Skipper Elekwachi ... Keith
Alphonso Thompson Alphonso Thompson ... Kevin
Marcus D. Spencer ... Kenny (as Big Spence)
Alan Walker Alan Walker ... Korey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonez Cain ... Keisha
Keith Carlisle Keith Carlisle ... Buck
David Cavallero David Cavallero ... Detective Frost
Karen Cox Karen Cox ... Trina
Glen Engle Glen Engle ... Waiter
Johnny Gilligan ... Detective Harris (as John Gilligan)
Alexandra Heard Alexandra Heard ... Shelia
Pauletta Hickerson ... Charlise
Karlton Hicks Sr. Karlton Hicks Sr. ... Keisha's Boo (as Karton Hicks Sr.)
Nicole R'Shae Holiday ... Paris (as Nicole R. Hughes)
Steven C Johnson ... Mr. House
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Four boys, now men, still live in their neighborhood. The community has transformed and what remains is the "hood." Each man negotiates his way through the day surviving the hood and each one has a plan to be set free.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Freedom is a state of mind.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$225,000, 13 March 2015, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is the second film where Mariah J. Spencer plays Big Spence's daughter See more »

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It makes think..
6 June 2015 | by miryamcan-16907See all my reviews

I think that this film is brilliant because, behind the irony and comedy of character's adventures, it reveals an important consideration about the necessity of being free and fulfilled. There are four men living in the same neighborhood, a real hood, where life can't be quiet so they must fight every day to survive in this place. I think is important for us to stop for a moment and think about the difficulty of living in a hood, with racism and prejudices. I also liked the way the characters face difficulties and obstacles, making certain situations really funny (personally, I've laughed out loud in some moments). So I highly recommend this film for a lot of reasons, but especially because it makes think.


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