Boyz 'N The Hood

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Synopsis:
BOYZ N THE HOOD is the critically acclaimed story of three friends growing up in a South Central Los Angeles neighborhood, and of street life where friendship, pain, danger and love combine to form reality. "The Hood" is a place where drive-by shootings and unemployment are rampant. But it is also a place where harmony coexists with adversity, especially for three young men growing up there: Doughboy (Ice Cube), an unambitious drug dealer; his brother Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a college-bound teenage father; and Ricky's best friend Tre (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), who aspires to a brighter future beyond "The Hood." In a world where a trip to the store can end in death, the friends have diverse reactions to their bleak surroundings. Tre's resolve is strengthened by a strong father (Larry Fishburne)who keeps him on the right track. But the lessons Tre learns are put to the ultimate test when tragedy strikes close to home, and violence seems like the only recourse.






Genre: Dramas
Director: John Singleton - American Director/Screenwriter
Theatrical Release: 1991
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 112 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: English

Synopsis:
BOYZ N THE HOOD is the critically acclaimed story of three friends growing up in a South Central Los Angeles neighborhood, and of street life where friendship, pain, danger and love combine to form reality. "The Hood" is a place where drive-by shootings and unemployment are rampant. But it is also a place where harmony coexists with adversity, especially for three young men growing up there: Doughboy (Ice Cube), an unambitious drug dealer; his brother Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a college-bound teenage father; and Ricky's best friend Tre (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), who aspires to a brighter future beyond "The Hood." In a world where a trip to the store can end in death, the friends have diverse reactions to their bleak surroundings. Tre's resolve is strengthened by a strong father (Larry Fishburne)who keeps him on the right track. But the lessons Tre learns are put to the ultimate test when tragedy strikes close to home, and violence seems like the only recourse.






John Singleton emerged from USC film school with his passionate script already written, and at age 23 he made the film that spawned a score of ghetto dramas. From the opening shot--a sign reading "Stop"--to the final message of "Increase the Peace," Singleton's desire to galvanize his audience is clear. The violence destroying South Central Los Angeles is seen through the eyes of Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.), whose intelligence and common sense would be wasted in the 'hood if not for his father, Furious (Laurence Fishburne), who imparts discipline and responsibility to his son. Tre's friends aren't so lucky, though, especially Doughboy (Ice Cube), who has been in and out of institutions since childhood and now sits on his porch with a forty in his hand and a pistol in his waistband. Singleton is ambitious enough to tackle a host of problems, from African American business practices to the bias of the SAT test, but the real power of the film lies in the performances of its principals. Cuba Gooding, in his first role, doesn't let Tre come off like a goody two-shoes, while Ice Cube gives a tragic nobility to a young man who knows he's doomed.;

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Cuba Gooding Jr. - Oscar-winning American Actor, JERRY MAGUIRE
Morris Chestnut - Actor/"Boyz N The Hood"
Tyra Ferrell - American Film Actress
Angela Bassett - American actress, WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT
Nia Long - Actress
Vonte Sweet - Actor
Regina King - Actress/"Poetic Justice"
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson - African American character actor, THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS
John Singleton - American Director/Screenwriter
John Singleton - American Director/Screenwriter
Stanley Clarke - Composer
Kenneth A. Brown -
Bruce Cannon - Editor
Raymond D. Turner -
Esther Scott -
Meta King -
Whitman Mayo -
Hudhail Al-Amir -
Lloyd Avery II -
Mia Bell -
Leslie Bigham -
Nicole Brown -
Ceal -
Darneicea Corley -
John Cothran Jr. -
Na'Blonka Durden -
Susan Falcon -
Dedrick D. Gobert -
Redge Green -
Kareem Grimes -
Tammy Hanson -
Valentino Harrison -
Desi Arrnez Hines -
Baha Jackson -
Dee Dee Jacobs -
Kirk Kinder -
Leanear Lane -
Donovan McCrary -
Don Nelson -
Jimmy Lee Newman -
Malcolm Norrington -
Alysia M. Rogers -
Leonette Scott -
Baldwin C. Sykes -
Yolanda Whittaker -
Charles Mills -
Rolling Stone
08/08/1991
"...Impressive....Powerfully affecting..."
New York Times
07/12/1991
"...[A] terrifically confident first feature....[Fishburne endows] enormous dignity and grace..."<BR>
USA Today
07/12/1991
"...BOYZ N THE HOOD juggles a half-dozen characters with remarkable ease, never losing sight of their destination....Singleton has made the punchiest feature debut in recent memory..."
Film Comment
09/01/1991
"...The movie has value. It corners moviegoers, almost at cinematic knife point, and tells them what they need and don't want to know..."
Los Angeles Times
07/12/1991
"...Strong and striking....Singleton and his actors slowly involve us in an almost sensual melange of moods, images and situations that take us inside the ghetto in a way mainstream films almost never do....A debut to remember..."
Premiere
12/01/2003
"[I]t's ultimately a tender tragedy about the powerful influence, good and bad, of family and friends."
Uncut
08/01/2004
"It's characterised by Singleton's unflinching storytelling, plus a career-best performance from Cuba Gooding Jr...."
A.V. Club
08/17/2011
"Singleton set out to make his MEAN STREETS, capturing both the daily threat of violence and the enduring sense of community in the neighborhood where he grew up, and BOYZ N THE HOOD gets that across fairly often."
Entertainment Weekly
07/22/2011
"At the time, it was a revelation....[With] strong performances from Fishburne and acting newbie Ice Cube..." -- Grade: B
The Guardian
10/27/2016
"Watched again, a quarter of a century on, what is so striking is not the confrontational aggression but the movie?s humanity, idealism and lack of cynicism, bolstered by intelligent and powerful performances."

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