New Jack City

New Jack City

Mario Van Peebles (1991)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Mario Van Peebles made his directorial debut with this hard-hitting mix of crime thriller and social drama, which is as indebted to the urban realism of Spike Lee as it is to gangster movies such as Brian De Palma's Scarface. Based on actual events, the film suggests that the problems facing black inner-city kids are often as much caused by exploitative drugs barons as they are by racial discrimination. Wesley Snipes achieves a chilling mix of arrogance and malevolence as a ruthless drugs lord, while Van Peebles and fellow cops Ice-T and Judd Nelson successfully convey a sense of crusade rather than mere law enforcement.


Two maverick cops set out to topple a drugs baron who has transformed an apartment block into a seemingly impregnable fortress, but reckon without the villain's determination to stay out of jail - leading to explosive confrontations. Action thriller, starring Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Judd Nelson, Chris Rock and Allen Payne.

Cast & Crew

Nino Brown Wesley Snipes
Scotty Appleton Ice-T
Gee Money Allen Payne
Pookie Chris Rock
Detective Stone Mario Van Peebles
Selina Michael Michele
Duh Duh Duh Man Bill Nunn
Kim Park Russell Wong
Officer Nick Peretti Judd Nelson
Old man Bill Cobbs
Director Mario Van Peebles
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray