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Boyz 'N the Hood

Boyz 'N the Hood

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Director: John Singleton

Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Ice Cube


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Director John Singleton's debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los Angeles. When young Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a bright underachiever, begins to show signs of trouble, his struggling professional mother (Angela Basset) sends him to live with his father (Lawrence Fishburne), a hard-nosed,


Director John Singleton's debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los Angeles. When young Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a bright underachiever, begins to show signs of trouble, his struggling professional mother (Angela Basset) sends him to live with his father (Lawrence Fishburne), a hard-nosed, no-nonsense disciplinarian. There he befriends Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a burgeoning football star, and Doughboy (Ice Cube, in a standout performance), a would-be gang banger. Over the years, each chooses his own path: Tre seems bound for college; Ricky is a blue-chip running back with his pick of schools; Doughboy is a dope dealer and bona fide gangster who drifts in and out of the county juvenile facility. All is well until, without warning, a rival gang chases down Tre and Ricky with tragic results. Doughboy immediately prepares for revenge, forcing Tre to decide whether to jeopardize his future and, perhaps, his life for the price of revenge and self-respect. Sometimes riveting, Boyz'N the Hood is not without its problems. The film tries to cram every single issue facing the black community into an hour and a half of screen time, making the film seem at times forced. The symbolism seems forced as well, and the film is often unbearably heavy-handed. Also, the characterization often relies on cardboard cut-outs; every white character in the film is a one-dimensional bigot, and the black police officer with whom Tre and his father deal is even worse than his Caucasian counterparts. Still, the unevenness of the film is redeemed by some moments of true brilliance.

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Coming two years after Spike Lee's groundbreaking Do the Right Thing, the first movie by African-American director John Singleton was seen as part of the black film movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was the first mainstream movie to deal with gang violence in America's urban ghettos, and its thoughtful approach helped open the door for a number of similarly themed movies in the next few years, including Menace II Society, Fresh, and Juice. Boyz N the Hood stands out because of its honesty and because it successfully humanizes all of the parties involved, including the drug dealers and murderers. The story revolves around three youths who choose to deal with their environment in different ways, and the movie features a two-part structure, which shows their lives when they are children and then when they are on the verge of high school graduation. The central roles are filled well by three newcomers (Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, and Ice Cube), and their dynamic gives the movie its most memorable moments.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Friendly fire: making of an urban legend; Commentary with director John Singleton; Deleted scenes; Audition videos featuring Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Morris Chestnut and Tyra Ferrell; Compton's most wanted music video "Growin' Up in the Hood"; Tevin Campbell music video "Just Ask Me To"; The enduring significance of Boyz N the Hood

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cuba Gooding Tre Styles
Morris Chestnut Ricky Baker
Ice Cube Doughboy
Angela Bassett Reva Styles
Laurence Fishburne Furious Styles
Nia Long Brandi
Tyra Ferrell Mrs. Baker
Meta King Brandi's Mom
Whitman Mayo Old Man
Desi Arnez Hines Tre-Age 10
Baha Jackson Doughboy-Age 10
Donovan McCrary Ricky-Age 10
Jaki Brown-Karman Actor
Jesse Lawrence Ferguson Officer Coffey
Valentino Harrison Bobby-Age 10
Leanear Lane 2nd Gangster
Don Nelson 1st Gangster
Alysia M. Rogers Shanice
Raymond Turner Ferris
Lloyd Avery 2nd Knucklehead
Hudhail Al-Amir SAT Man
Mia Bell Female Club Member
Lexie Bigham Mad Dog
Kenneth A. Brown Little Chris
Nicole Brown Brandi-Age 10
Ceal Sheryl
Darneicea Corley Keisha
John Cothran Lewis Crump
Na'Blonka Durden Trina
Susan Falcon Mrs. Olaf
Dedrick D. Gobert Dooky
Redge Green Chris
Kareem J. Grimes Ice Cream Truck Kid
Tammy Hanson Rosa
Dee Dee Jacobs Renee
Kirk Kinder Officer Graham
Regina King Shalika
Jimmy Lee Newman Kid
Malcolm Norrington 1st Knucklehead
Esther Scott Tisha's Grandmother
Leonette Scott Tisha
Vonte Sweet Ric Rock
Baldwin C. Sykes Monster
Yolanda Whittaker Yo Yo
John Singleton Mailman (uncredited)

Technical Credits
John Singleton Director,Screenwriter
Bruce Bellamy Art Director
Bruce Cannon Editor
Stanley Clarke Score Composer
Charles Mills Cinematographer
Bob Minor Stunts
Steve Nicolaides Producer
Kathryn Peters Set Decoration/Design


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Boyz 'N the Hood 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boyz N the Hood is one of the best movies ever. It is basically about how young African American men live their life in "The hood". If your not from "The hood" or have never stepped foot in the hood and you want to experince this side of life then this is the movie to watch. This movie is sad and funny at times . Even though this movie is not based on one particular person the things that go on in this movie really happen in real life. John Singleton did a great job of directing and writing this movie. The actors in this movie are great you can not even tell thier acting, that is the other thing that makes this such a good movie. If you have not seen this movie you have to see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was flipping through the channels one night and I came across this film. At the time, I had never heard of this film but I was a fan of Ice Cube so I watched it. WOW! After the film was over, I wondered how my life would be like if I hadn't seen it. The characters are so real, and why I disagree with some of the film's views on the white community, I couldn't help but praise this film. Ice Cube is the standout actor in this, because it's his debut acting role and he's really really good. Cuba Gooding Jr. is also amazing in this film as is a young Morris Chestnut and Lawrence Fishburne as Tre's father. The film really captured life in the projects. This film showed that most of the residents of the projects are good people and not just blood hungry killers. Menace II Society was also good, but it concentrated too much on the violence of the projects instead of the relationships that develop there. I found this film amazingly true in every definition of the word and I hope that Singleton makes another film that's this amazing. It's a ghetto classic for sure but it's also a film classic. Everyone should see it, not just people in the projects, but everyone. This is about life and death, relationships and fearfulness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome to California and yeah it goes down like this, like every day and has sense 1980. Projects? LOL.! Inner city gangs moved into the suburbs in California in the 1980's and into rural areas by 1990 why America slept Califronia gangs moved into your state too. Bangin in Little Rock, just copying us, what a fatal mistake. This ain't nothin to look up to. If you want to make money though invest in Califonia Prisons or funeral homes. Cube? He is no Gangster, he is an Actor and a studio G. This movie is real in Cali you start going to your friends funreals in High School.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film really looks at the heart of what its like to live in an area that is riddled with crime and gang violence. A film that will stand the test of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just want to point out these kids in the movie don't live in the projetcts. They live in houses in a neighborhood. That said, I think the movie is brilliant and surprisingly funny. Everyone should see this film.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This Movie is very exicting to me. I love the way Ricky, DoughBoy ,and tray stay with each other through thick and thin They were really good friends and they had dreams of getting out the hood. Rickey and Dough boy are brothers with diffrent dads and tray is a good friend of there's who live across the street from them.Ricky had a dream of one day going to the nfl but his dream was taken from him when he was killed during a drive by.This one of my all time favorite and i would love to share this wonderfull excting action movie to the world
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie like 10 times, this is the best gang movie ever made...You will laugh at Cube and cry at his brothers death. Hell of a good flick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago