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Menace II Society (1993)

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

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Grocery Store Woman (as June Kyoko Lu)
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Five Year Old Caine
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Clyde
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Karen Lawson
Eugene Lee ...
Man #1
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Man #2 (as James Pickins Jr.)
Nancy Cheryll Davis ...
Teacher (as Nancy Cheryl Davis)
Jullian Roy Doster ...
Anthony
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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.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Straßenkämpfer  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$27,900,000
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(FotoKem)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Spice 1 was originally cast as Caine Lawson. See more »

Goofs

After the party in the beginning of the movie, everyone decides to go to Jack in the Box. When O-Dog, Keesha and A-Wax get gas, you could see Jack in the Box behind them, but when Caine and Harold get shot, they are further down the street. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Butler: Being a black man in America isn't easy. The hunt is on, and you're the prey. All I'm saying is... All I'm saying is... Survive! All right?
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Connections

Referenced in Tupac: Resurrection (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

GOT TO GIVE IT UP
Written by Marvin Gaye
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Record Company L.P.
By Arrangement with Polygram Special Markets
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This is what is!
17 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film the weekend it opened. At the time I was 33, a white male living in NYC. When I went to the theater, I noticed that most of the audience was Black and in their late teens. For some reason, they felt that this was a good "date" movie. When the movie began, and the Korean Grocery scene was presented, the audience went wild with comments like "Yeah, Yeah, Kill them!!". I must say I got a little nervous. But, as the movie progressed, I got absorbed in it. I liked Cane and I even liked O'Dog. When the movie ended, I started crying. I was embarassed. Then I noticed that the Black teenage guys around me were crying too. I applaud the Hughes Brothers for making a movie that is able to connect with so many people. I still cry while watching it on video. "Do you care if you live or die?"


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