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Menace II Society

Menace II Society

Menace II Society

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1993 / 97min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ALBERT AND ALLEN HUGHES

CAST: BILL DUKE, TYRIN TURNER, JADA PINKETT, SAMUEL L. JACKSON

A virtuoso debut that brought expressionistic style to the urban drama, the Hughes’s mordantly funny, shockingly savage Watts tragedy is an anecdotal telling of the life of street-smart Caine (Tyrin Turner) and his best friend, O-Dog—a breakout part for Larenz Tate, memorably introduced as “America’s nightmare: Young, black, and didn’t give a fuck.” Duke’s role as a police detective who grills the boys in relation to a shooting is small but splendid, and all but unforgettable. If you haven’t seen it, you know you done fucked up, right?

Screening as a part of Bill Duke.