New Jack City

New Jack City

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Cast: Mario Van Peebles, Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne

     
 

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The ruthless leader of a New York City drug syndicate battles to maintain his power and avoid imprisonment in this fast-moving action drama. While the film's heroes are Scotty (Ice-T) and Nick (Judd Nelson), a pair of tough, streetwise cops, the main focus is their target, drug lord Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes). A criminal businessman with no room for pity or emotion,… See more details below

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The ruthless leader of a New York City drug syndicate battles to maintain his power and avoid imprisonment in this fast-moving action drama. While the film's heroes are Scotty (Ice-T) and Nick (Judd Nelson), a pair of tough, streetwise cops, the main focus is their target, drug lord Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes). A criminal businessman with no room for pity or emotion, the flashy but severe Brown has built an empire and transformed an abandoned Harlem apartment building into a well-defended fortress. He begins to consider himself invincible, but his lust for power and the unpredictable actions of a former client turned police informer threaten to bring about his potential downfall. First-time director Mario Van Peebles keeps the traditional plot moving at an appropriately rapid pace, with stylish action sequences and energetic performances. The film's violence was somewhat controversial on its initial release, especially after shooting incidents marred showings in several theaters. However, the film's moral message is clearly anti-drug and anti-crime, its main intent to provide a high-powered, modern take on the gangster movie.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Director Mario Van Peebles's debut feature is far from original, but Wesley Snipes' charismatic performance, its nonstop action, rocketing pace, and anti-drug message all contribute to the impact of this well-executed genre film. A fusion of Scarface (1932), Public Enemy (1931), The Godfather (1972), and a dozen other gangster rise-and-fall sagas, it's both a glamorous chronicle of the swiftly burgeoning power of crack in the New York of the 1980s and a scathing cautionary tale. "Ya gotta rob to get rich in the Reagan era," Snipes' drug kingpin informs his loyal troops, and like Coppola's masterpiece, the film links crime with business as the hard-working capitalists ply their trade. As the drug gang turns an abandoned Harlem building into their personal fortress, the film recalls the ease with which the crack lords once dominated entire areas of New York. Snipes, arrogant, narcisstic, methodical, ruthless, and magnetic in his evil, has rarely been better. Ice-T and Judd Nelson make a strange pair of narcotics detectives, but here, they rise to the occasion.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/1992
UPC:
0085391207337
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wesley Snipes Nino Brown
Ice-T Scotty Appleton
Mario Van Peebles Actor
Allen Payne Gee Money
Judd Nelson Officer Nick Peretti
Chris Rock Pookie
Ben Gottlieb Prosecuting Attorney
Kim Park Actor
Fab 5 Freddy Master of Ceremonies
Michael Michele Selina
Bill Nunn Duh Duh Duh Man
Russell Wong Kim Park
Bill Cobbs Old Man
Christopher Williams Kareem Akbar
Vanessa A. Williams Keisha
Tracy Camilla Johns Uniqua
Anthony de Sando Frankie Needles
Nick Ashford Reverend Oates
Phyllis Stickney Prosecuting Attorney Hawkins
Thalmus Rasulala Police Commissioner
John Aprea Don Armeto
Flavor Flav D.J.
Clebert Ford Frazier
Laverne Hart Prom Queen
Eek-A-Mouse Fat Smitty
Gregg Smrz Biff
Erica McFarquhar Teacher
Keith Sweat Singer at Wedding
Max Rabinowitz Gigantor
Marcella Lowery Woman in Hallway
Manuel Santiago Judge
Thelma Louise Carter Reporter
Linda Froehlich Reporter
Christopher Michael Bailiff
Tiger Frederick Basketball Player
Rynel Johnson Basketball Player
Kelly Minter Recovering Addict
Tina Lifford Recovering Addict
Paul Raczkowski Recovering Addict
Harold Baines Kid on Stoop
Sekou Campbell Kid on Stoop
David Michael Golson Kid on Stoop
Garvin Holder Kid on Stoop
Leo O'Brien Kid on Stoop
Bobby Stancil Kid on Stoop
Teddy Riley New Year's Eve Band Member
Aaron Hall New Year's Eve Band Member
Damion Hall New Year's Eve Band Member
Allen McNeil Singers - Spring - (Troop)
Gerald LeVert Singers - Winter - (Levert)
Erik Kilpatrick Recovering Addict
Max Raven Gigantor

Technical Credits
Mario Van Peebles Director
Charles C. Bennett Production Designer
James Bigwood Associate Producer
Laura Brock Art Director
Suzanne Broderick Associate Producer
Michel Colombier Score Composer
Barry Michael Cooper Screenwriter
Fab Five Freddy Producer
Pat Golden Casting
Diane Hammond Makeup
Preston Holmes Co-producer
George Jackson Producer
Bernard Johnson Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Kemper Editor
Francis Kenny Cinematographer
Barbara Matis Art Director
John McCabe Casting
Doug McHenry Producer
Elaine O'Donnell Set Decoration/Design
Dwight Alonzo Williams Associate Producer
Thomas Lee Wright Original Story,Screenwriter

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