A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.
Release Year: 1991
Rating: 6.3/10 (12,995 voted)
Mario Van Peebles
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne
The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate them, but the trial fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher.
Writers: Thomas Lee Wright, Thomas Lee Wright
(as Ice T)
Mario Van Peebles
Duh Duh Duh Man
Tracy Camilla Johns
They're a new breed of gangster. The new public enemy. The new family of crime.
Release Date: 8 March 1991
Filming Locations: Grant's Tomb – 122th Street & Riverside Drive, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $7,039,622
(10 March 1991)
Did You Know?
The highest grossing independent feature of 1991.
When Kareem takes Pookie to talk to Gee Money about a promotion, the camera cuts between being in the room and looking through the wire that Pookie is wearing. Gee Money is on the phone during this exchange and his hands switch positions wildly between the shots.
You gotta rob to get rich in the Reagan era.
Wesley Snipes Should Have Been Nominated
This is one great movie, but the thing that really made it special was
Wesley Snipes portrayal of a totally despicable character in Nino Brown.
didn't portray Nino as the stereotypical drug dealer. Instead he
Nino as a highly intelligent man who you wonder what would have happened
he had put his intelligence to more productive pursuits. Also, Ice-T
bad in his first major role and you can see how much he has improved by
watching Law and Order: SVU.
This is not your typical movie about the drug culture.