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New Jack City
- Wesley Snipes

Overview - A violent, kinetic gangster film with a strong anti-drug message, NEW JACK CITY is set in the mid-1980s during the height of the crack epidemic. Two street-wise undercover cops (Judd Nelson, Mario Van Peebles) go after Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes), a ruthless drug lord with extravagant taste in home furnishings.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A violent, kinetic gangster film with a strong anti-drug message, NEW JACK CITY is set in the mid-1980s during the height of the crack epidemic. Two street-wise undercover cops (Judd Nelson, Mario Van Peebles) go after Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes), a ruthless drug lord with extravagant taste in home furnishings. Desperate to bring down his multi-million dollar cocaine empire, they send Pookie (Chris Rock), a former street hustler and rehabilitated crack addict, into Nino's drug factory as an undercover spy. When the plan misfires, the cops must face Nino and his henchman in a bloody showdown.

Cast List

Charles C. Bennett - Production Designer, Art Director, began in late '70s
Charles Bennett - Production Designer, Art Director, began in late '70s
Vanessa Williams - American Singer/Miss America/Actress, ERASER (1996)
Vanessa L. Williams - American Singer/Miss America/Actress, ERASER (1996)
Michael Michele
Judd Nelson - American actor
Chris Rock - American Actor/Comedian, THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW
Mario Van Peebles - American actor/director
Ice-T - American Actor/Singer
Tracy Marrow - American Actor/Singer
Ice T - American Actor/Singer
Tracy Camila Johns
Wesley Snipes - Actor, BLADE

 
Details
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  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 101
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929152674
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: October 2010

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Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
Action
Drugs
Gangs
Thriller
Cops
Theatrical Release
Crime

 
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Notes:
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Censors. Estimated budget of $8.5 million. Shot on location in Harlem and the Bronx, New York, in Technicolor. Began shooting April 16, 1990; completed shooting June 6, 1990. Released in North America March 8, 1991. Released on video August 7, 1991. Rereleased in New York City for a special run at the Joseph Papp Public Theater September 6-19, 1991. Directorial debut for actor Mario Van Peebles, the son of actor and pioneering black director Melvin Van Peebles. A $40 million dollar law suit was filed in New York Supreme Court in June 17, 1991 by Kurt Anthony against Wesley Snipes and the films producers. Anthony, an actor and screenwriter, claimed that Snipes lifted the idea for the film directly from a screenplay entitled "Innocent Blood" that Anthony had written and shown to Snipes. Shown at Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah January 17-27, 1991. According to Variety, the film was presented as a "last-minute 'special preview' to stimulate dialog[ue] about drug issues before its March release." Also shown at Filmfest Munich (International Program) June 1991 and International Taormina Film Festival July 21-28, 1991.

Reviews:
"...[Van Peebles directs with] energy and flash....Played commandingly by [Snipes]..." - 03/08/1991 New York Times, p.C15


"NEW JACK CITY codified the hip-hop-gangsta image as much as any Ruthless Records release..." - 08/25/2005 Rolling Stone, p.114


"[I]t helped kick-start rap's march into the mainstream, and ignite black Hollywood." - 02/01/2006 Uncut, p.104


4 stars out of 4 -- "Ice-T, Queen Latifah and 2 Live Crew provide the soundtrack....It's still extremely watchable." - 05/01/2006 Mojo, p.135

 
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