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A man who's uncertain about the biggest step forward of his life steps back to take a look at his younger days in this comedy/drama. Roland (Taye Diggs) is a few hours away from getting married, and he is starting to have second thoughts; as much as he loves his fiancée, he can't stop thinking about Tanya (Tamala Jones), his first serious girlfriend in high school. Roland is hanging out with his two best friends, whom he also first met in school, Mike (Omar Epps), a solid regular guy, and Slim (Richard T. Jones), a flashy personality who plays pro basketball in Europe. They talk about the old days and flash back on growing up in Inglewood, California (nicknamed "The Wood") in the 1980's, when Run DMC and Eric B & Rakim were the happening sounds, and guys used to argue over who was hotter, Vanity or Apollonia. At the last minute, Roland takes off, wanting to pay Tanya a visit, and Mike and Slim are determined to track him down and make sure that he gets to the altar on time. The Wood was the debut feature film for writer/director Rick Famuyiwa, whose first short subject, Blacktop Lingo, won an enthusiastic response at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 16, 1999


Omar Epps
as Mike
Sean Nelson
as Young Mike
Taye Diggs
as Roland
Trent Cameron
as Young Roland
Richard T. Jones
as Slim
Duane Finley
as Young Slim
Malinda Williams
as Young Alicia
De'Aundre Bonds
as Stacey
Cynthia Martells
as Mike's Mother
Sanaa Lathan
as Alicia
as Lisa
Tamala Jones
as Tanya
Christina Milian
as Girl at Dance


Rick Famuyiwa
Ron Yerxa
Albert Berger
David Gale
Todd Boyd
Screen Story
Rick Famuyiwa
Rick Famuyiwa
Screen Story
Steven Bernstein
Pilar McCurry
Musical Direction/Supervision
Roger Fortune
Production Designer
Maxine Shepard
Production Designer
Richard Haase
Art Director
Douglas Curtis
Todd Boyd
Associate Producer
Momita Sengupta
Associate Producer
Van Toffler
Executive Producer
David Smith
Set Designer
Masako Masuda
Set Designer
Darryle Johnson
Costume Designer
Don Wilkerson
First Assistant Director
Emily Schweber
Mali Finn