Turn It Up

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Overview

Prakazrel Michel, better known as Pras from the top-selling R&B group The Fugees, stars in this urban drama based on both his solo album Ghetto Superstar and his novel of the same name. Diamond Pras is an up-and-coming musician who is trying to use his creative gifts to work his way out of the ghetto after the traumatic death of his mother. But he soon discovers that the music industry is nearly as corrupt and dangerous as the streets he's trying to leave behind, and Diamond is guided into a life of crime by ...
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Overview

Prakazrel Michel, better known as Pras from the top-selling R&B group The Fugees, stars in this urban drama based on both his solo album Ghetto Superstar and his novel of the same name. Diamond Pras is an up-and-coming musician who is trying to use his creative gifts to work his way out of the ghetto after the traumatic death of his mother. But he soon discovers that the music industry is nearly as corrupt and dangerous as the streets he's trying to leave behind, and Diamond is guided into a life of crime by his shady friend Gage Ja Rule. In addition, Diamond must content with the unexpected pregnancy of his girlfriend Tamara Tamala Jones, and attempts by his father Cliff Vondie Curtis-Hall to mend their contentious relationship. Turn It Up, which was produced under the title Ghetto Superstar, also features Eugene Clark and Patricia Velasquez. Madonna helped to produce the film through her production company, Madguy Films.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • UPC: 794043518737
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pras Diamond
Ja Rule Gage
Vondie Curtis-Hall Cliff
Tamala Jones Kia
Jason Statham Mr. B
Eugene Clark Marshall
John Ralston Mr. White
Chris Messina Baz
Technical Credits
Robert Adetuyi Director, Screenwriter
Roy Anderson Stunts
Greg Chapman Sound/Sound Designer
Ray "Cory" Daniels Original Story
Jaro Dick Set Decoration/Design
Frank Fitzpatrick Score Composer
Jeff Freeman Editor
Jude Gorjanc Asst. Director
Kelly Hilaire Original Story
Chris Hudson Original Story
Gary Jones Musical Direction/Supervision
Ina Mayhew Production Designer
Mimi Melgaard Costumes/Costume Designer
Prakazrel "Pras" Michel Co-producer
Guy Oseary Producer
Lennox Parris Executive Producer
Lester Parris Executive Producer
Julian Petrillo Asst. Director
Robi Reed-Humes Casting
Hubert Taczanowski Cinematographer
Gary Ventimiglia Co-producer, Executive Producer
E. Bennett Walsh Co-producer
Happy Walters Co-producer, Musical Direction/Supervision, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Turn It Up

    If you wish to see 'Turn It Up', rent it don't buy it. Buying it will only anger you. The performances are good for the most part(Pras is a good rapper and a decent yet heldback actor). Ja Rule is a pretty good bad guy/best friend. The father was a great performance as was the girlfriend. The problem with this movie is it should've been a drama. It would've worked well if it had a little bit less action and more communication. Pras practically mumbles through the film but he has some mysterious screen presense. Overall if you escape the boring action, there's still some flaws. No matter how much the film wants you to, you can never really feel sorry for Diamond, because he willingly kills not to get money to feed his family, but instead to get it all for himself. Gage is a believable performance, but him and Diamond's relationship never really is revealed as much as Tommy and Sincere's friendship in 'Belly'. Plus the ending never reveals if Diamond's father died or not. I just felt this could've been better made, but it isn't completely bad. Some scenes were artistically powerful, and Pras does have some acting skills no doubt about that. The relationship that he grows with his father is very interesting and honest, but I just can't get past the fact that Diamond doesn't even aknowledge whether his old man died or not at the end of the movie. Basically if u get a chance to see it for free, watch it and see if you like it. Or you can rent it, but don't buy it because then you may be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Turn It Up

    This film could've been as good as 8-Mile, but between the blown-out-of-porportion shootings(glitzy guns) and occassional boring songs, Turn It Up fails to please. Pras is an alright actor, but he should keep practicing. Ja Rule is good as Gage, but he seems like he's trying to be Tommy from Belly. The difference between Belly and Turn It Up is this: they're made differently. While Belly is a true street film(no fancy guns in every scene), Turn It Up is filled with blazing shootouts that look like you're watching an action flick, when this is supposed to be an urban drama. I did like the relationships in the movie, though. Diamond and his dad, Diamond and Gage, Diamond and his girlfriend, etc. Read the book, listen 2 the album, dont watch the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bad movie

    This was a waste of good talent for Ja Rule and Pras. I don't suggest you pay for this movie. It's ok if you can see it for free. It seems there were too many plots fighting for center stage.

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