All About the Benjamins
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All About the Benjamins

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Director: Kevin Bray

Cast: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Eva Mendes

     
 

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Ice Cube stars in the comedy crime caper All About the Benjamins. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer by New Line is technically near perfect. With a vast array of bright colors and dark black levels, this is an excellent reproduction of the film which boasts nary a hint of edge enhancement or grain. The soundtrack is presented in both

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Ice Cube stars in the comedy crime caper All About the Benjamins. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer by New Line is technically near perfect. With a vast array of bright colors and dark black levels, this is an excellent reproduction of the film which boasts nary a hint of edge enhancement or grain. The soundtrack is presented in both Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and DTS Surround, both in English. Like the video transfer, both soundtracks are rollicking, rumbling mixes that feature a plethora of directional effects and ambient noises. With full-throttle sounds coming from all directions, both of these tracks should please home theater owners alike! Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Soundtrack and English subtitles. Fans of All About the Benjamins will be pleased to see a few extra features included on this disc. Starting out the supplements is a commentary track by director Kevin Bray and producer Matt Alvarez. Sadly, this commentary track includes a fair amount of dead space and many bland stories about the production. Four separate featurettes are included ("Shot Callers: From Videos to Features," "Strictly Business: Making the Benjamins," "Miami Nice: Production Design," and "All About the Stunts"), each focusing on specific aspects of the production including the locations and sets, the special effects, and the cast and crew. Each of these are fairly short, though taken as a whole they provide the viewer with tons of production information and behind-the-scenes footage. Finally there is a single deleted scenes, a short gag reel of flubs and bloopers, a music video for the song "Told Y'all" by Trina, a theatrical trailer, DVD ROM content, and a theatrical press kit that includes production notes and cast and crew info

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All Movie Guide
With its engaging central duo caught in an underworld of bounty hunters and diamond thieves, All About the Benjamins at best resembles a good modern blaxploitation flick -- the kind that brings guilty pleasure, not discomfort. At its worst, though, it's a ludicrous, outsized caper story revolving around two different booties of 20-plus million dollars. Forget about Benjamin Franklin, who's on the thousand? Also forget about the Puff Daddy song of the same name, and the fact that the title sounds so 1998; Benjamins looks like a 2002 movie, especially during some crackling action sequences that have the kinetic energy and bouncy camera of Ridley Scott's later work. That's a pretty high compliment to pay video director Kevin Bray, but he only reaches that level in flashes. The rest of the time he's forgetting that it should all make narrative sense, that two thugs can't be tossed off the side of the boat and then disappear from the story, that a guy with a missile launcher can't pop up and vanish without explanation. Still, the inclination is to forgive Benjamins some of these faults, because Ice Cube and Mike Epps deliver the goods more often than not, achieving mindless popcorn entertainment with crossover potential. Cube is a known commodity by this point, but Epps gets his best showcase to prove he can sling high-speed, streetwise bull that's different enough from his contemporaries to be distinctive. Even when the plot points are patently fake, these two manage to keep it real.
Boston Globe - Jonathan Perry
An entertaining, if somewhat standardized, action movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2002
UPC:
0794043546624
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
24,868

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version of the film; 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS Surround Sound; Filmmaker commentary with director Kevin Bray and producer Matt Alvarez; Original documentaries: Shot Caller: From Videos to Features, Strictly Business: Making the Benjamins, Miami Nice, All About the Stunts; Gag reel; Deleted scene; Trina music video "Told Y'all"; Theatrical trailers; Theatrical press kit; DVD-ROM content: Script-to-screen, Original website

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ice Cube Bucum
Mike Epps Reggie Wright
Eva Mendes Gina
Tommy Flanagan Williamson
Carmen Chaplin Ursula
Anthony Michael Hall Lil' J
Valarie Rae Miller Pam
Roger Guenveur Smith Ramose
Lil' Bow Wow Kelly
Anthony Giaimo Martinez
Jeff Chase Mango
Gino Salvano Mickey
Evelyn Brooks Ms. Steinberg
Joan Turner Ms. Scharfenberg

Technical Credits
Kevin Bray Director
Matt Alvarez Producer
Spring Aspers Musical Direction/Supervision
Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell Costumes/Costume Designer
Ice Cube Producer,Screenwriter
Douglas Curtis Co-producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Mike Epps Executive Producer
Felicia Fasano Casting
J. Mark Harrington Production Designer
Suzanne Hines Editor
John Nelson Asst. Director
Ron Lang Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Glen MacPherson Cinematographer
Anne McCarthy Casting
Matt Moore Executive Producer
Ronald G. Muhammad Associate Producer
John Murphy Score Composer
Barbara Peterson Set Decoration/Design
Claire Rudnick Polstein Executive Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Mark Weber Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "You're Going to Jail!" [3:57]
2. Main Title [1:40]
3. Money to Be Made [3:48]
4. The Preferred Shopper [3:09]
5. Hunting Reggie [2:52]
6. Mr. Barcley's Photo Session [2:56]
7. Twenty Fake Million [4:58]
8. Money for Nothing [2:25]
9. Lucky Numbers [4:25]
10. "Blinded by the Light" [2:22]
11. Bucum's Bounty [2:31]
12. An Unreal Partnership [3:48]
13. Playing Dead [3:38]
14. The Interrogation [3:34]
15. Boat Buyer [3:06]
16. The Wallet or the Diamonds? [4:14]
17. "Okay, We're Partners" [4:05]
18. Barcley's Hidden Treasures [5:58]
19. Fishing for Diamonds [2:27]
20. Getting Back Gina [3:02]
21. The Set-Up [1:09]
22. The Exchange [2:06]
23. Chase First, Talk Later [3:04]
24. Getting Their Cuts [4:15]
25. Girlie Action [4:11]
26. Speedboat Justice [2:21]
27. His Ship Coming In [3:50]
28. End Credits [3:19]

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All About the Benjamins 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I THOUGHT THAT THIS MOVIE WAS DA BOMB. I LIKE THE WAY THAT MIKE EPPS AND ICE CUB PLAYED IN THIS MOVIE TO SHOW HOW YOU CAN GET CAUGHT OUT THEIR ON THE STREETS FOR SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T DO.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was tight! I love mike epps and ice cube working together cuz they tight! you gotta see this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hate to be negative, but Ice Cube has been involved in some much better movies than this. It's not a terrible movie, since it has a few good laughs and some cool action sequences, like the wacky opening scene. But it's not exactly the most creative storyline, and I wonder if the people involved were really putting their full effort into it. Unlike some other reviewers, I thought that Mike Epps was pretty funny. The bad guys were pretty cool too, and Ice Cube did an okay job with his acting. Overall, not a great action movie by any means, but worth a look.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago