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Juice

  • 1991
  • Ernest R Dickerson
  • 90 mins
  • 15

Summary

Crime drama starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur. Anxious to earn respect from his peers, a Harlem teenager acquires a gun and pressurises his friends to join him holding up a store. But the robbery does not go according to plan.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This is the potent, if flawed, debut of Ernest R Dickerson, who earned his director's spurs after serving as cinematographer on some of Spike Lee's most incendiary works. And you can almost hear Lee's feeling for the language of the street in the tale of four black youths and a gun. Omar Epps gets top billing, playing a confused teenager who wants to be a DJ, but finds himself inexorably drawn into the world of crime and murder when he reluctantly joins his pals on a store heist. Epps is impressive among a then largely unknown cast, although the late rapper Tupac Shakur steals the show in one of his first films. Dickerson struggles to maintain a consistent tone, but rarely has the 'hood looked so desolate.

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Credits

Cast

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Quincy ("Q")Omar Epps
BishopTupac Shakur
SteelJermaine Hopkins
RaheemKhalil Kain
YolandaCindy Herron
RadamesVincent Laresca
TripSamuel L Jackson
BrianGeorge Gore II
Quincy's motherGrace Garland
Ruffhouse MCQueen Latifah
KeeshaBruklin Harris
QuilesVictor Campos
FrankEric Payne
Record store clerkSharon Cook
BlizzardDarien Berry
MyraMaggie Rush
Contest auditionerMark "Flex" Knox
Detective MarkhamRony Clanton
Detective KellyMichael Badalucco
SweetsJacqui Dickerson

Crew

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DirectorErnest R Dickerson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Electric Pictures Video
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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