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Chi-Raq (2015)

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A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago, Illinois.

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Spike Lee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Cannon ... Chi-Raq
Teyonah Parris ... Lysistrata
Wesley Snipes ... Cyclops
Angela Bassett ... Miss Helen
Samuel L. Jackson ... Dolmedes
John Cusack ... Father Mike Corridan
Jennifer Hudson ... Irene
David Patrick Kelly ... General King Kong
D.B. Sweeney ... Mayor McCloud
Dave Chappelle ... Morris
Steve Harris ... Old Duke
Harry Lennix ... Commissioner Blades
Tony Fitzpatrick ... Chief Riptide
Anya Engel-Adams ... Rasheeda
Ebony Joy ... Marcy
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Storyline

After the shooting death of a child hit by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Musical

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Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, nudity, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Chi-Raq See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,198,356, 6 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,647,377, 24 January 2016
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Pronounced "shy-RACK", the title is a portmanteau of "Iraq" and "Chicago", used by South Side Chicago residents to refer to the area comparing it to a war zone, due to its high crime rates. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't like the title, and asked Spike Lee to change it, thinking it would hurt the city's image. See more »

Goofs

At the end when the peace signing ceremony is being conducted all the parties involved are on one side of the signing table which is in front of them between the seats of the amphitheater with all the visible seats empty. See more »

Quotes

Dolmedes: Lysistrata had them all take a solemn oath: "Stop the murder madness or there will be no more po." That's right, you get none.
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References 300 (2006) See more »

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Sit Down For This
Written by Kortney Pollard, Dean McIntosh, and Pete Martin
Published by Mali Music Notes/ 6 Kolbert Drive/Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Music Publishing UK Ltd (PRS), and Sony ATV Music Publishing UK Ltd (SAMRO)
Performed by Mali Music
Produced by Pete "Boxsta" Martin
Used courtesy of ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Lively and entertaining
29 December 2015 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

This one is definitely not without its flaws. The editing and pacing of it is messy, sometimes very uneven. I wasn't familiar with the source material from which this is inspired by, but I found it to be really addictive in its ability to grasp one's attention. I think the ensemble cast works well, even if the tone of the film requires them to be very loud and over-the-top, to the point that the film itself becomes a little exhausting. Some of the performers aren't as good as others, and sometimes it becomes very evident. However, it's also one of those films that is kind of difficult to resist. If you let it sort of wash over you, it will work in splendid, even magical ways, I just wish it was more consistent as a whole.


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