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FULL SYNOPSIS

The ruthless leader of a New York City drug syndicate battles to maintain his power and avoid imprisonment in this fast-moving action drama. While the film's heroes are Scotty (Ice-T) and Nick (Judd Nelson), a pair of tough, streetwise cops, the main focus is their target, drug lord Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes). A criminal businessman with no room for pity or emotion, the flashy but severe Brown has built an empire and transformed an abandoned Harlem apartment building into a well-defended fortress. He begins to consider himself invincible, but his lust for power and the unpredictable actions of a former client turned police informer threaten to bring about his potential downfall. First-time director Mario Van Peebles keeps the traditional plot moving at an appropriately rapid pace, with stylish action sequences and energetic performances. The film's violence was somewhat controversial on its initial release, especially after shooting incidents marred showings in several theaters. However, the film's moral message is clearly anti-drug and anti-crime, its main intent to provide a high-powered, modern take on the gangster movie. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:March 8, 1991

Cast

Wesley Snipes
as Nino Brown
Ice-T
as Scotty Appleton
Mario Van Peebles
Allen Payne
as Gee Money
Judd Nelson
as Officer Nick Peretti
Chris Rock
as Pookie
Fab 5 Freddy
as Master of Ceremonies
Michael Michele
as Selina
Bill Nunn
as Duh Duh Duh Man
Russell Wong
as Kim Park
Bill Cobbs
as Old Man
Christopher Williams
as Kareem Akbar
Vanessa A. Williams
as Keisha
Tracy Camilla Johns
as Uniqua
Anthony de Sando
as Frankie Needles
Phyllis Stickney
as Prosecuting Attorney Hawkins
Thalmus Rasulala
as Police Commissioner
John Aprea
as Don Armeto
Flavor Flav
as D.J.
Clebert Ford
as Frazier
Laverne Hart
as Prom Queen
Gregg Smrz
as Biff
Erica McFarquhar
as Teacher
Keith Sweat
as Singer at Wedding
Max Rabinowitz
as Gigantor
Marcella Lowery
as Woman in Hallway
Manuel Santiago
as Judge
Linda Froehlich
as Reporter
Christopher Michael
as Bailiff
Tiger Frederick
as Basketball Player
Rynel Johnson
as Basketball Player
Kelly Minter
as Recovering Addict
Tina Lifford
as Recovering Addict
Paul Raczkowski
as Recovering Addict
Sekou Campbell
as Kid on Stoop
Garvin Holder
as Kid on Stoop
Leo O'Brien
as Kid on Stoop
Bobby Stancil
as Kid on Stoop
Teddy Riley
as New Year's Eve Band Member
Aaron Hall
as New Year's Eve Band Member
Damion Hall
as New Year's Eve Band Member
Gerald Levert
as Singers - Winter - (Levert)
Erik Kilpatrick
as Recovering Addict
Max Raven
as Gigantor
Erik Kilpatrick
as Recovering Addict
Laverne Hart
as Prom Queen
Max Raven
as Gigantor
Michael Michele
as Selina
Phyllis Stickney
as Prosecuting Attorney Hawkins
Thalmus Rasulala
as Police Commissioner
Bill Nunn
as Duh Duh Duh Man
Rynel Johnson
as Basketball Player
Gregg Smrz
as Biff
Teddy Riley
as New Year's Eve Band Member
Leo O'Brien
as Kid on Stoop
Manuel Santiago
as Judge
Paul Raczkowski
as Recovering Addict
Fab 5 Freddy
as Master of Ceremonies
Clebert Ford
as Frazier
Kelly Minter
as Recovering Addict
Linda Froehlich
as Reporter
Vanessa A. Williams
as Keisha
Christopher Michael
as Bailiff
Sekou Campbell
as Kid on Stoop
Gerald Levert
as Singers - Winter - (Levert)
Flavor Flav
as D.J.
Aaron Hall
as New Year's Eve Band Member
Max Rabinowitz
as Gigantor
Tiger Frederick
as Basketball Player
Bobby Stancil
as Kid on Stoop
Anthony de Sando
as Frankie Needles
Garvin Holder
as Kid on Stoop
John Aprea
as Don Armeto
Erica McFarquhar
as Teacher
Russell Wong
as Kim Park
Bill Cobbs
as Old Man
Damion Hall
as New Year's Eve Band Member
Marcella Lowery
as Woman in Hallway
Tina Lifford
as Recovering Addict
Christopher Williams
as Kareem Akbar
Tracy Camilla Johns
as Uniqua
Keith Sweat
as Singer at Wedding

Crew

Mario Van Peebles
Director
Doug McHenry
Producer
Fab Five Freddy
Producer
George Jackson
Producer
Thomas Lee Wright
Screenwriter
Thomas Lee Wright
Screen Story
Barry Michael Cooper
Screenwriter
Francis Kenny
Cinematographer
Michel Colombier
Composer (Music Score)
Steven Kemper
Editor
Charles C. Bennett
Production Designer
Laura Brock
Art Director
Preston Holmes
Co-producer
Suzanne Broderick
Associate Producer
Dwight Alonzo Williams
Associate Producer
James Bigwood
Associate Producer
Elaine O'Donnell
Set Designer
Pat Golden
Casting
Diane Hammond
Makeup
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