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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

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The rap group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.


F. Gary Gray


Jonathan Herman (screenplay), Andrea Berloff (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 29 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Ice Cube
Corey Hawkins ... Dr. Dre
Jason Mitchell ... Eazy-E
Neil Brown Jr. ... DJ Yella
Aldis Hodge ... MC Ren
Marlon Yates Jr. ... D.O.C.
R. Marcos Taylor ... Suge Knight (as R. Marcus Taylor)
Carra Patterson ... Tomica
Alexandra Shipp ... Kim
Paul Giamatti ... Jerry Heller
Elena Goode ... Nicole
Keith Powers ... Tyree
Joshua Brockington ... Young Warren G
Sheldon A. Smith Sheldon A. Smith ... Warren G
LaKeith Stanfield ... Snoop (as Lakeith Lee Stanfield)


In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today. Written by Universal Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


...It don't stand for "Nice, White, and Accessible". See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Shad Moss aka Bow Wow was considered for the role of Eric "Eazy-E" Wright & even lobbied hard for the role. See more »


When Ice Cube records music for "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted," a nearby television is playing footage of Minister Louis Farrakhan giving his speech at the Million Man March. The "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" album was recorded between Nov. 1989 and Apr. 1990, but the Million Man March took place in the fall of 1995. See more »


Ice Cube: [watching a crowd destroy their records] Ain't that some shit? Speak a little truth and people lose their minds.
Eazy-E: See, the truth is, they can do whatever they want with them. They bought them motherfuckers.
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Crazy Credits

The only opening credits are graffiti writings of the main characters and their actors. See more »

Alternate Versions

The "Unrated Director's Cut" is 18 minutes longer than the theatrical release. See more »


Love You Down
Written by Melvin Riley (as Melvin Riley, Jr.)
Performed by Ready for the World
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

A great movie
4 December 2016 | by andreasi-15287See all my reviews

When reading other reviews about this movie, I really get frustrated due to the lack of understanding about what this movie is really about. A lot of empty reviews only giving 1 star due to "explicit sexual content, and black men who does not respect the law".

What people does not seem to understand is that this is a movie about the rise, and fall of the biggest rap group ever, how they evolved and what power, money, and fame can to a man (and in this case, his relationship to his friends). As much as anything, this movie really is a lot about the abuse that a lot of black males experienced from the police in the 80's (which is still a very relevant topic).

Personally I am a big fan of N.W.A, without that being the reason I am rating this movie 9/10. It is a really interesting true story about some of THE great rap artists of our generation. Great performances by actors who looks a lot like the original group, as well as Paul Giamatti. Great directing, the movie has a really nice action curve, keeping things interesting throughout the movie, and really gives the public a good insight of the life of some of the biggest stars in the world during the 80's/90's.

This is the first time i have ever written an review on IMDb, even though I have a lot of strong opinions about movies, but I really had to come to this movies defence. This is one of those movies I am really expecting to see a 8,3 star rating or something similar, and it really frustrates me to see a lot of people giving this movie unnecessary hate. GREAT MOVIE, if you like N.W.A, it is really worth your while, and if you are not, it is still worth a watch just because of the really intriguing true story that "Straight Out Of Compton" is.

9/10 movie

11/10 will watch again

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Release Date:

14 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,200,180, 16 August 2015

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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