July 12, 1991
John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions.
Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars., Another 11 wins & 16 nominations.
Budget: $6,500,000 (estimated)
Soundtrack: Just a Friendly Game of Baseball Written by Large Professor (as William Paul Mitchell), Kevin McKenzie and Shawn McKenzie Produced and Performed by Main Source Courtesy of Wild Pitch Records, Ltd.
Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir
12 Jul 1991 (USA)
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