"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)
Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
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
Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
(as Jermaine Hopkins)
Samuel L. Jackson
George Gore II
(as George O. Gore)
(as Idina Harris)
Record Store Clerk
Power. Respect. Juice. How far would you go to get it?
Release Date: 17 January 1992
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
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Did You Know?
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.
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.
What you know about control, Big chops? What you ever control?
I control my life.
A classic hip-hop film…as good today as when I first saw it
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
*** 1/2 out of **** stars.