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Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | | Crime, Drama | 12 July 1991 (USA)
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hudhail Al-Amir ...
S.A.T. Man
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Miya McGhee ...
Female Club Member (as Mia Bell)
Lexie Bigham ...
Mad Dog
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Little Chris
Nicole Brown ...
Brandi - Age 10
Ceal ...
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Darneicea Corley ...
Keisha
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Lewis Crump (as John Cothran Jr.)
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Na'Blonka Durden ...
Trina (as Na' Blonka Durden)
Susan Falcon ...
Mrs. Olaf
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ...
Officer Coffey (as Jesse Ferguson)
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Storyline

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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12 July 1991 (USA)  »

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Boys in the Hood  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,023,462, 14 July 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,504,069
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first of two movies in which Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett play spouses. Although in this film they are divorced, they co-starred in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) as Ike Turner and Tina Turner who are married and later divorced. See more »

Goofs

The gun used to play Duck Hunt wasn't shown, as the gun the man was holding was an actual pistol, he was only pretending to play, as the person playing was off screen. See more »

Quotes

[after all the men shove their way past the women to get to the food first]
Tre Styles: Hey, hey! Why don't you all act like gentlemen and let these ladies eat first.
[He motions to Doughboy for assistance]
Doughboy: Yeah. Y'all act like you ain't never had no barbecue before. The ladies eat. Ho's gotta eat too.
Shalika: Wait a minute, niggah, who you callin' a ho? I ain't no ho!
Doughboy: Oh, I'm sorry bitch.
Mrs. Baker: [She smacks Doughboy] Hey, hey! Watch your mouth.
Doughboy: I'm just playin'!
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Crazy Credits

After the epilogue of what happens to Doughboy and Tre, the words "Boyz n the Hood: Increase the Peace" appears onscreen See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.56 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Growin' Up in the Hood
Written by MC Eiht (as Aaron Tyler), The Unknown D.J. (as Andre Manuel) and D.J. Slip (as Terry Allen)
Produced by D.J. Slip and The Unknown D.J.
Performed by Compton's Most Wanted
Courtesy of Orpheus Records
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Remarkable Film From First-Time Director
19 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

An exemplary directorial debut from John Singleton, who managed to create an American classic with his first effort.

As we follow Tre Styles from childhood toward becoming a young adult (as played effectively by Cuba Gooding, Jr.), and attempting to dodge, with the cautious guidance of his parents, the many dangers and risks associated with growing up in inner-city America, the sense of ever-present danger and, often, hopelessness associated with attempting to avoid falling into the cracks of society is abundantly clear.

In the role of Tre's troubled friend Dough Boy, Ice Cube is something of a revelation, and his balanced performance, alongside Singleton's excellent script, prevent him from becoming merely another gangster caricature. Lawrence Fishburne and Morris Chestnut add further depth to a strong cast.

All in all a very real, gritty depiction of the challenges faced at every turn by African American men and women in modern America. The building anger bristling beneath the surface in so many scenes is particularly resonant given the outburst of violence in the Rodney King Riots that took place in the very same city of the story just one year later.

The film spawned several 'urban gang flick' imitations in subsequent years, but most glorified violence and placed an emphasis on a loud soundtrack and sexual explicitness at the expense of strong plot-line, good character development and a serious social message.

All three are to be found in Boyz N the Hood.


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