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This debut offering from twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes was one of the most critically-acclaimed urban crime films to appear in the wake of John Singleton's influential John Singleton. Set in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, the film is narrated by 18-year-old Caine (Tyrin Turner), a drug dealer and car thief who lives with his religious grandparents. After graduating from high school, Caine shows no ambition beyond hanging out with his friends, so his grandparents kick him out. Among his other troubles are his best friend O-Dog (Larenz Tate), a vicious thug hunted by the police, and the friends and family of the girl Caine got pregnant and then turned his back on. Perhaps the lone positive influence in his sphere is Ronnie (Jada Pinkett), a single parent struggling to raise her young son without the boy falling prey to the 'hood mentality. When their friendship becomes a love affair, Ronnie tries desperately to convince Caine to move with her to Atlanta; soon afterward, he is shot and nearly dies. After recovering, he accepts Ronnie's offer, but tragedy strikes as they pack their van in preparation to leave. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

  • Release date:August 27, 1993

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Lisa Rinzler Best Cinematography 1993 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Tyrin Turner Best Actor 1993 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Allen Hughes Best First Feature 1993 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Albert Hughes Best First Feature 1993 Nominee

Cast

Tyrin Turner
as Caine Lawson
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Ronnie
Vonte Sweet
as Sharif
Larenz Tate
as O-Dog
Samuel L. Jackson
as Tat Lawson
Charles S. Dutton
as Mr. Butler
Glenn Plummer
as Pernell
Bill Duke
as Detective
Toshi Toda
as Grocery Store Man
Anthony Johnson
as Tony
Reginald Ballard
as Clyde
Khandi Alexander
as Karen Lawson
Nancy Cheryl Davis
as Teacher
Marilyn Coleman
as Grandmama
Arnold Johnson
as Grandpapa
Clifton Powell
as Chauncey
Christopher M. Brown
as Lloyd
Rolando Molina
as Vato 1
Tony Valentino
as Vato3
James Pickens, Jr.
as Man
Chad Dowdell
as White Guy in Street (uncredited)
Toshi Toda
as Grocery Store Man
Chad Dowdell
as White Guy in Street (uncredited)
Tony Valentino
as Vato3
Reginald Ballard
as Clyde
Marilyn Coleman
as Grandmama
James Pickens, Jr.
as Man
Khandi Alexander
as Karen Lawson
Christopher M. Brown
as Lloyd
Arnold Johnson
as Grandpapa
Rolando Molina
as Vato 1
Nancy Cheryl Davis
as Teacher
Clifton Powell
as Chauncey
Anthony Johnson
as Tony

Crew

Albert Hughes
Director
Allen Hughes
Director
Michael Bennett
Producer
Darin Scott
Producer
Albert Hughes
Screenwriter
Tyger Williams
Screenwriter
Allen Hughes
Screenwriter
Lisa Rinzler
Cinematographer
Bonnie Greenberg
Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Koefoed
Editor
Penny Barrett
Production Designer
Allen Hughes
Co-producer
Tyger Williams
Co-producer
Albert Hughes
Co-producer
Kevin Moreton
Executive Producer
Sylvia Vega-Vasquez
Costume Designer
Frank Ceglia
Special Effects
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