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Glenn Plummer delivers a powerful performance in this angry film based on Crips, a novel written by South Central Los Angeles high school teacher Donald Baker, and directed by Steve Anderson, who served time in prison. Plummer plays Bobby, a young black man trapped in a self-perpetuating cycle of hatred, incarceration, and bloodshed. On his first day out of prison, he comes back to the streets of South Central LA and the only family he knows --the gang. He finds that his best friend Ray-Ray (Byron Keith Minns) is now the leader of the Deuces. Ray-Ray, with plenty of sweet talk, easily talks Bobby into committing a murder, killing a rival gang leader. But before the killing Bobby finds that his girlfriend Carole (LaRita Shelby) has given birth to his son. He also sees that she is becoming too dependent on her drug supply. After the killing, Bobby is hauled back into jail for a ten-year stretch. In jail, Bobby undergoes a transformation. Introduced to the Muslim community and mentored by an older convict named Ali (Carl Lumbly), Bobby begins to read W.E.B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King. He learns about self-respect and how gangs use people like him. When he is once again released from prison, Bobby is a new man. But South Central has gone from bad to worse. Carole, now completely addicted to cocaine, works as a hooker to support her habit. He also discovers that Ray-Ray has recruited his 10-year-old son Jimmie (Christian Coleman) as a junior gang member, stealing car stereos. Jimmie looks upon Ray-Ray as a role model and Bobbie must find a way to save his child from the violent and doomed future of a gang member. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:September 18, 1992

Cast

Glenn Plummer
as Bobby Johnson
Byron Minns
as Ray Ray
Lexie Bigham
as Bear
Vincent Craig Dupree
as Loco
LaRita Shelby
as Carole
Kevin Best
as Genie Lamp
Allan Hatcher
as Baby Jimmie
Christian Coleman
as Jimmie-Age 10
Ivory Ocean
as Willie Manchester
Starletta DuPois
as Nurse Shelly
Carl Lumbly
as Ali
Jaki Brown-Karman
A. Michael Lerner
as Broken Nose
Baldwin C. Sykes
as Ken Dog
Rana Mack
as Girl in Club
Diane Manzo
as Undercover Cop
Sal Landi
as Detective
Leonard Boyles
as Termite
Terrence Williams
as Boody
Reginald T. Dorsey
as Bastille
Tim de Zarn
as Buddha
Julius Le Flore
as 1st Prison Guard
Vickilyn Reynolds
as Willie's Wife
Linda Fontanette
as Neighbor Lady
Darren Leong
as Kim
Lanier Edwards
as Muslim
Donald Bakeer
as Dr. King
Bonnie Oda Homsey
as Patty Chin
Ron Chovance
as Parole Officer
Michael McNab
as 2nd Policeman
Eugene Williams
as Local Tough
Musa Bakeer
as Young Boy
Lanier Edwards
as Muslim
Musa Bakeer
as Young Boy
Ron Chovance
as Parole Officer
Eugene Williams
as Local Tough
Diane Manzo
as Undercover Cop
Michael McNab
as 2nd Policeman
Baldwin C. Sykes
as Ken Dog
Leonard Boyles
as Termite
Vickilyn Reynolds
as Willie's Wife
Darren Leong
as Kim
Bonnie Oda Homsey
as Patty Chin
Tim de Zarn
as Buddha
Terrence Williams
as Boody
Reginald T. Dorsey
as Bastille
Rana Mack
as Girl in Club
Julius Le Flore
as 1st Prison Guard
Sal Landi
as Detective
Donald Bakeer
as Dr. King
Linda Fontanette
as Neighbor Lady
A. Michael Lerner
as Broken Nose

Crew

Lowell D. Blank
Producer
Michael Spielberg
Producer
Brad M. Gilbert
Producer
Oliver Stone
Producer
Janet Yang
Producer
Donald Bakeer
Book Author
Charlie Lieberman
Cinematographer
Tim Truman
Composer (Music Score)
Steve Nevius
Editor
Marina Kieser
Production Designer
Caroline Stover
Set Designer
Paul Staples
Special Effects
Phillip Christon
First Assistant Director
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