Juice

January 17th, 1992







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Plot
"Juice" is about 4 inner-city teens who get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as 'the juice'.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 6.7/10 (7,199 voted)

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins

Storyline
4 Harlem teens, Q, Bishop, Raheem and Steel, are out skipping school one day when they find out an old friend was killed in a shootout at a bar. After this, Bishop tells his friends that they have no respect, or juice. To get some, they rob a corner grocery store, but the lunatic Bishop intentionally shoots the clerk for no apparent reason. They run into an alley where Raheem tells Bishop to give him the gun, they fight, and Raheem gets shot. Only the other 3 know what happened, and Bishop wants to get rid of them too.

Writers: Ernest R. Dickerson, Gerard Brown

Cast:
Omar Epps - Q
Tupac Shakur - Bishop
Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins - Steel (as Jermaine Hopkins)
Khalil Kain - Raheem
Cindy Herron - Yolanda
Vincent Laresca - Radames
Samuel L. Jackson - Trip
George Gore II - Brian (as George O. Gore)
Grace Garland - Q's Mother
Queen Latifah - Ruffhouse M.C.
Bruklin Harris - Keesha (as Idina Harris)
Victor Campos - Quiles
Eric Payne - Frank
Sharon Cook - Record Store Clerk
Darien Berry - Blizzard

Taglines: Power. Respect. Juice. How far would you go to get it?

Release Date: 17 January 1992

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $5,000,000(estimated)

Gross: $20,146,880 (USA)



Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tupac Shakur got the role of "Bishop" over Anthony "Treach" Criss, who has a cameo as a member of Radames' gang. Shakur nailed the role when he threw a chair during his audition.

Goofs:
Continuity: The character "Q" records a demo of his scratching routine in his bedroom. When he goes to the audition and his tape is played it is different from the version he recorded in his room. It is a bit longer and the scratches are more complex.

Quotes:
Bishop: What you know about control, Big chops? What you ever control?
Steel: I control my life.



User Review

A classic hip-hop film...as good today as when I first saw it

Rating: 8/10

This is one of the few, probably the only film in the urban youth genre, a la 'Boyz in the Hood' and 'Menace 2 Society' that I can truly appreciate. This film is as gritty and true to the life as the other films mentioned, but the story and acting in this film rises it above the rest. Tupac Shakur was excellent in his role as Bishop....he came through with a very intense and harrowing performance. If you need any convincing as to his talent, this film will show that. This was arguably Omar Epps' best performance, he was VERY convincing as 'Q'. Where a movie like 'Menace 2 Society' was just a showcase of the gang life, 'Juice' mixes that with an interesting and true-to-life story. It shows the struggle of black youth in a whole new light; I can't help but feel for Q and his friends because that is something that could happen to anyone. A classic for fans of hip-hop culture.

*** 1/2 out of **** stars.









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