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Poetic Justice Details


R&B star Janet Jackson made an impressive film debut in Poetic Justice as Justice, a hairdresser at a small salon in South Central Los Angeles. Justice uses her poetry to deal with her grief after her boyfriend is killed in a shooting incident at a drive-in. Hired to work at a hair stylists' event in Oakland, Justice is stranded when her car breaks down, until she remembers that her friend Ieasha (Regina King) was going to hop a ride down to Oakland with her boyfriend Chicago (Joe Torry), a postal worker who is heading there with a truck full of mail. Justice tags along to discover that Chicago's driving partner is Lucky (Tupac Shakur), the postman who delivers mail to her shop and keeps asking her out. Ieasha and Chicago have to deal with their own rocky relationship while Justice has to decide if she's ready for a new love -- and if Lucky is the man she's waiting for. Along with strong work from Jackson, Poetic Justice features a surprising turn from Shakur, whose nuanced performance as Lucky is in strong contrast to his "Thug Life" public persona. Justice's poems were written by Maya Angelou, who also appears in a small role. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 23, 1993


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Janet Jackson Best Original Song 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Janet Jackson Best Song 1993 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Terry Lewis Best Original Song 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Terry Lewis Best Song 1993 Nominee


Janet Jackson
as Justice
Tupac Shakur
as Lucky
Regina King
as Iesha
Joe Torry
as Chicago
Tyra Ferrell
as Jessie
Roger Guenveur Smith
as Heywood
Maya Angelou
as Aunt June
as Markell
as J-Bone
Miki Howard
as Maxine
Susan Falcon
Denney Pierce
as Cashier
Rose Weaver
as Aunt Audrey
Maia Campbell
as Shante
Baha Jackson
as Baha
Yvette Wilson
as Colette
Khandi Alexander
as Simone
Michael Colyar
as Panhandler
John Cothran, Jr.
as Uncle Earl
Jenifer Lewis
as Annie
Lori Petty
as Penelope
Michael Rapaport
as Dockworker
James Deeth
as Helicopter Pilot
Kirk Kinder
as Cop
Norma Donaldson
as Aunt May
Robi Reed
as Woman on Couch
Billy Zane
as Brad
Kimberly Brooks
as Kim


John Singleton
John Singleton
Steve Nicolaides
John Singleton
Peter Lyons Collister
Stanley Clarke
Composer (Music Score)
Janet Jackson
Composer (Music Score)
Terry Lewis
Composer (Music Score)
Bruce Cannon
Keith Brian Burns
Production Designer
Kirk M. Petruccelli
Production Designer
Dwight Alonzo Williams
Associate Producer
Daniel May
Set Designer
Darryle Johnson
Costume Designer
Don Wilkerson
First Assistant Director