A young Newark kid and his homeboys spend life on the street doing what they know best--boosting cars and selling them to chop shops. But the local police lieutenant is out to stop them at any cost, launching a deadly, illegal vendetta against his nemeses. Executive produced by Spike Lee.
Saul Stein - Actor/"New Jersey Drive"
Gabriel Casseus - Actor/"New Jersey Drive"
Nick Gomez - Editor/Director/Writer
Donald Faison - Actor, CLUELESS, SCRUBS
Donald Adeosun Faison - Actor, CLUELESS, SCRUBS
Koran C. Thomas - American Actor
Sharron Corley - Actor/"New Jersey Drive"
Christine Baranski - American actress
Gwen McGee - Actress/"New Jersey Dr."
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 98
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 025192420320
- Genre: Feature Film Urban Drama
- Rating: Not Rated
- Release Date: February 2005
Two black teenagers, Jason and Midget, live in poverty in Newark and are experts in stealing cars, either for fun or for money. While both friends have been in trouble with the law, Jason has a stable home and the hope of a better future, but Midget's life and dreams are less certain. The boys nemesis is Officer Rosco, a racist policeman who relentlessly pursues them, deeply resentful that the boys never serve any jail time. But when Jason, Midget, and their gang steal a policeman's car, the entire force is after them in a wild and deadly nighttime chase.
The film was shot on location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Glendale, Queens. The City of Newark refused to give the filmmakers permission to shoot in their city; Newark once had the highest rate of car thefts in the country. Nick Gomez partly based the film on a series of articles in "The New York Times" about Newark teenagers. The budget for the film was $4 million.
"...A gritty, ultravérité depiction..." - 04/01/1995 Premiere, p.26
"...Sharron Corley is sensational....[The] film bristles with wit and fire..." - 05/18/1995 Rolling Stone, p.98
"...Explosive....A cry of rage and despair..." -- Rating: A- - 04/28/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.44
"...A startlingly fresh portrait....Gomez really seems to have gotten inside the culture he's put onscreen..." - 01/23/1995 Variety
"...Gomez is an interesting filmmaker....[He] has a good ear for dialogue..." - 04/19/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.45