Juice

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

Runtime:



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.