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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.


Spike Lee
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5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





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 Anya Engel-Adams ... Rasheeda
Ebony Joy ... Marcy


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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No peace, no piece. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


John Cusack's character is based on Father Michael Pfleger, a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a social activist. The funeral scene takes place in Father Pfleger's church, Saint Sabina, in Chicago's Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. Father Pfleger also makes a cameo as himself in the film. See more »


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 »


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 Deliverance (1972) See more »


Time for a Change
Written by Leroy Griffin, Jr.
Published by Leroy Griffin, Jr. (BMI)
Performed by Prince Eazy
Recorded and Produced by Prince Eazy
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Male violence is not women's responsibility
2 January 2016 | by jdmarshSee all my reviews

Spike Lee might be a black man, but he is clearly out of touch with the reality of being black (or black and female) in America. Despite a laudably all-black cast, this movie conveniently ignores the reality that male violence is not women's responsibility to deal with, and black male violence is likewise, not black women's responsibility. Black women already bear much of society's scorn and shame; The black woman is the welfare queen, the irresponsible teen mother, the whore. The idea of black women using their (culturally stereotyped) sexuality to control rates of black male violence (which are presumed to have reached war zone levels in this film despite lowered national crime rates in reality)is patently absurd and would be perceived as a racist move had this film not been made by a black man.

Even without the race element, male violence IS NOT women's responsibility. The conceit that women use their vaginas and sexuality to fix toxic masculinity and the poverty that causes violence and desperation in poor communities of color is absurd and wrong.

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Release Date:

2 December 2016 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,198,453, 6 December 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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