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Friday (1995)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 26 April 1995 (USA)
Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night.

Director:

F. Gary Gray

Writers:

Ice Cube, DJ Pooh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ice Cube ... Craig Jones
Chris Tucker ... Smokey
Nia Long ... Debbie
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Deebo (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr.)
John Witherspoon ... Mr. Jones
Anna Maria Horsford ... Mrs. Jones
Regina King ... Dana Jones
Paula Jai Parker ... Joi
Faizon Love ... Big Worm
DJ Pooh ... Red
Angela Means ... Felisha
Vickilyn Reynolds ... Joann
Ronn Riser Ronn Riser ... Stanley
Kathleen Bradley ... Mrs. Parker
Tony Cox ... Mr. Parker
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Storyline

It is Friday and Craig Jones (Ice Cube) is unemployed, having, yesterday, been fired. . This has lead to trouble with Smokey's supplier, Big Worm, who now wants his money, or his product back, or Smokey is a dead man. Then there's Deebo, the local bully, plus Craig's jealous, psychotic girlfriend, Joi, and Debbie, the neighbour Craig has a crush on. A lot can happen while lounging around your house on a Friday. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

a lot can go down between thursday and saturday...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language and drug use, and for a brutal fight | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Friday See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,589,341, 30 April 1995

Gross USA:

$27,467,564

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,215,918
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First movie role for Michael Clarke Duncan. He appears as one of the craps players in the flashback where Red gets punched by Deebo. See more »

Goofs

When Craig runs in his room to get his gun, Craig's dad comes through the door... when the camera moves to Craig, you can see his Dad's shadow on the door through the mirror. But when his Dad moves it's still there. See more »

Quotes

Smokey: [after Craig knocks out Deebo] You got knocked the fuck out, man! Give me my goddamn money...
[Smokey takes $200 from a knocked-out Deebo]
Smokey: Payback's a motherfucker, ain't it? Nigga!
[walking away]
Smokey: Pow! Pow, Pow, POW!
Red: [punches Deebo as he's getting up and takes chain back] My grandmama gave me this chain!
Ezal: [slowly walks to Deebo] Deebo? DEEBO! Man, you shoulda been bobbin' and weavin'! Look 'it at ya! GET UP! Since you ain't, maybe I'll take these shoes!
[struggling to take Deebo's shoe off]
Ezal: Big... ...
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Alternate Versions

On the USA Network airings, extra and alternate footage has been inserted to bring up the film's running time and to replace some of the more harsh language. Among other things, this version contains:
  • a scene where we are introduced to Felicia, where she is asking Craig to borrow something;
  • the "you got knocked the fuck out" scenes have been replaced with alternately shot footage of Smokey, most notably the last scene where he says "You got knocked the hell out!... Payback's a mother, ain't it? Peace!"
  • the ending scene is an alternate take, where the "I was just bullshittin'" line is replaced by "I was just playin'!".
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Referenced in The Boondocks: Pause (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
by arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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Chris Tucker's best R rated performance
14 January 2002 | by DunnDeeDaGreatSee all my reviews

When I was 14, I first saw Friday and almost choked from laughter. The script by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh is right on target with it's ghetto humor. Another plus point for the film is it doesn't stereotype. But it's Chris Tucker as Smokey who makes this film. His high pitched voice and mannerisms are classic.Hard-core rapper Ice Cube, after appearing in such hard-hitting films as Boyz 'N the Hood and Higher Learning, played his first comic role in this picture he co-wrote with frequent musical collaborator DJ Pooh. Craig (Ice Cube) manages to get fired on his day off (though he claims it's through no fault of his own) and spends the day hanging out with his buddy Smokey (Chris Tucker) and trying to avoid his father (John Witherspoon), who wants him to find another job immediately. Smokey (whose name might have something to do with his tremendous fondness for marijuana) has even more serious problems; he was given $200 worth of weed to sell by Big Worm (Faizon Love), but he ended up smoking it instead, and if he can't come up with the money by the end of the day, he'll be in a world of hurt (and will put Craig in the same place just for being his friend). And Deebo (Tom "Tiny" Lister, Jr.), a gargantuan bully who roams the neighborhood on his bicycle, has it in for Craig, while Craig tries his best just to stay out of his way. As one would expect, Friday features a strong hip-hop soundtrack, featuring tracks by such artists as Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill, Mack 10, and Funkdoobiest, as well as old-school R&B selections from The Isley Brothers, Roger, and Rose Royce


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