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Menace II Society (1993)

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A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors:

Albert Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers), Allen Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers)

Writers:

Allen Hughes (story), Albert Hughes (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrin Turner ... Caine
Larenz Tate ... O-Dog
June Kyoto Lu ... Grocery Store Woman (as June Kyoko Lu)
Toshi Toda ... Grocery Store Man
Samuel L. Jackson ... Tat Lawson
Anthony Johnson ... Tony
Brandon Hammond ... Five Year Old Caine
Glenn Plummer ... Pernell
Reginald Ballard ... Clyde
Khandi Alexander ... Karen Lawson
Eugene Lee Eugene Lee ... Man #1
James Pickens Jr. ... Man #2 (as James Pickins Jr.)
Nancy Cheryll Davis Nancy Cheryll Davis ... Teacher (as Nancy Cheryl Davis)
Jullian Roy Doster Jullian Roy Doster ... Anthony
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Ronnie (as Jada Pinkett)
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Storyline

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA. Written by Daniel Bredy <gt3655a@prism.gatech.edu>

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Taglines:

This is the truth. This is what's real.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, drug use and pervasive language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Straßenkämpfer See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,816,393, 31 May 1993

Gross USA:

$27,912,072

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,912,072
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Line Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tupac Shakur was originally cast to portray the character Sharif in the film, but fell out with the directors (Hughes Brothers) after they fired him due to his disagreement with his character which resulted in a violent altercation between them. However, Shakur appears in the music video from the film "Trigga Gots No Heart" by Spice -1. Shakur is visible in the background of the video with many other "thugs". He is seen twice throughout the video in quick shots. The video was directed by the Hughes Brothers. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in the security mirror as O-Dog drags the lady into the back room. See more »

Quotes

Chauncy: Hey Caine, you and me, baby!
[soto voce]
Chauncy: Cock-blockin' muthafucka.
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Alternate Versions

The Criterion Collection director's cut on LaserDisc includes the following additional footage:
  • An extra shot of bullets leaving the back of the guy Samuel L. Jackson kills
  • An extra shot of Awax holding the gang member while he shoots him
  • An small scene showing how Caine and O Dog brake into the car in the garage
  • Two extra shots of bullet wounds during the final scene
  • It also includes two deleted scenes; the funeral of Caine's cousin and a scene at his grandparents' house after the funeral
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Referenced in Murder Was the Case: The Movie (1995) See more »

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HONEY LOVE
Written by R. Kelly
Performed by R. Kelly and Public Announcement
Courtesy of Jive Records
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The Hughes Brothers' Menace II Society can be upsetting but still also worthwhile if you stick around to the end
25 February 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Okay, after 20 years of reading and hearing about this movie by The Hughes (Albert and Allen) Brothers, I finally watched Meanace II Society on YouTube. Mainly about teen hood Caine (Tyrin Turner) and his life with fellow South Central L.A. pal O-Dog (Larenz Tate), among other events of that time, I found the whole thing a little upsetting with what I've now found out had the most use of the f-word of any of these black movies I've been watching these last few days, not to mention the constant violence. Still, it does get better when Caine's possible girlfriend Ronnie (Jada Pinkett before becoming Mrs. Will Smith) offers a possible out by moving out with her and her son Anthony (Jullian Roy Doster) to Atlanta. But then another girl he fooled around with named Ilena (Erin Leshawn Wiley) tells him she's pregnant and...oh, watch the film if you want to know. In summary, Menace II Society didn't really pick my interest until the last 30 minutes and I started to see it in a whole new light. So on that note, I highly recommend it with reservations.


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