MENACE II SOCIETY (1993 U.S.) D/W: ALLEN and ALBERT HUGHES W: TYGER WILLIAMS P: DARIN SCOT
Extremely well-done debut from 21 year-old twin brothers (who had already done some rap music videos) is set in Watts and follows Tyrin Turner as a gang member trying to escape a life of drugs, car-jackers and drive-by shootings. Hard hitting and gritty, yet realistic and believable and thankfully lacking any condescending "message" pointers. With Laranz Tate, Jada Pinkett, Charles S. Dutton, Bill Duke, Arnold Johnson (PUTNEY SWOPE), Glenn Plummer, James Pickens Jr., Clifton Powell, Todd Anthony Shaw (aka Too Short), Clifton Collins Jr., Yo-Yo and Samuel L. Jackson in a small but important role. The Huges Brothers followed-up with DEAD PRESIDENTS.

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