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Director John Singleton's debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los Angeles. When young Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a bright underachiever, begins to show signs of trouble, his struggling professional mother (Angela Basset) sends him to live with his father (Lawrence Fishburne), a hard-nosed, no-nonsense disciplinarian. There he befriends Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a burgeoning football star, and Doughboy (Ice Cube, in a standout performance), a would-be gang banger. Over the years, each chooses his own path: Tre seems bound for college; Ricky is a blue-chip running back with his pick of schools; Doughboy is a dope dealer and bona fide gangster who drifts in and out of the county juvenile facility. All is well until, without warning, a rival gang chases down Tre and Ricky with tragic results. Doughboy immediately prepares for revenge, forcing Tre to decide whether to jeopardize his future and, perhaps, his life for the price of revenge and self-respect. Sometimes riveting, Morris Chestnut is not without its problems. The film tries to cram every single issue facing the black community into an hour and a half of screen time, making the film seem at times forced. The symbolism seems forced as well, and the film is often unbearably heavy-handed. Also, the characterization often relies on cardboard cut-outs; every white character in the film is a one-dimensional bigot, and the black police officer with whom Tre and his father deal is even worse than his Caucasian counterparts. Still, the unevenness of the film is redeemed by some moments of true brilliance. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

  • Release date:July 12, 1991


Awarded by
MTV Movie Awards John Singleton Best New Filmmaker 1991 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle John Singleton Best New Director 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Singleton Best Original Screenplay 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Singleton Best Director 1991 Nominee


Cuba Gooding, Jr.
as Tre Styles
Morris Chestnut
as Ricky Baker
Ice Cube
as Doughboy
Angela Bassett
as Reva Styles
Laurence Fishburne
as Furious Styles
Nia Long
as Brandi
Tyra Ferrell
as Mrs. Baker
Meta King
as Brandi's Mom
Whitman Mayo
as Old Man
Desi Arnez Hines II
as Tre-Age 10
Baha Jackson
as Doughboy-Age 10
Donovan McCrary
as Ricky-Age 10
Yolanda Whittaker
as Yo Yo
Redge Green
as Chris
Vonte Sweet
as Ric Rock
Baldwin C. Sykes
as Monster
Alysia M. Rogers
as Shanice
Esther Scott
as Tisha's Grandmother
Darneicea Corley
as Keisha
Malcolm Norrington
as 1st Knucklehead
Jaki Brown-Karman
Na'Blonka Durden
as Trina
John Cothran, Jr.
as Lewis Crump
Leonette Scott
as Tisha
Raymond Turner
as Ferris
Mia Bell
as Female Club Member
Tammy Hanson
as Rosa
Kareem J. Grimes
as Ice Cream Truck Kid
Hudhail Al-Amir
as SAT Man
Kirk Kinder
as Officer Graham
Jesse Lawrence Ferguson
as Officer Coffey
Lexie Bigham
as Mad Dog
Kenneth A. Brown
as Little Chris
Leanear Lane
as 2nd Gangster
Susan Falcon
as Mrs. Olaf
Regina King
as Shalika
Nicole Brown
as Brandi-Age 10
John Singleton
as Mailman (uncredited)


John Singleton
Steve Nicolaides
John Singleton
Charles Mills
Stanley Clarke
Composer (Music Score)
Bruce Cannon
Bruce Bellamy
Art Director
Kathryn Peters
Set Designer
Bob Minor