Boyz N' The Hood 1991 Subtitles

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Director John Singleton's debut chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young African-American males growing up in South Central Los Angeles. When young Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a bright underachiever, begins to show signs of trouble, his struggling professional mother (Angela Basset) sends him to live with his father (Lawrence Fishburne), a hard-nosed, no-nonsense disciplinarian.

Starring:
Laurence Fishburne,Ice Cube
Runtime:
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director John Singleton
Starring Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube
Supporting actors Morris Chestnut, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on 26 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
If you ever wanted a great example of pure cinema drama at its finest, "Boyz N the Hood" is it. It didn't take long for me to completely involve myself during the viewing of this film. It's powerful, sad, scary, and filled with heart. This is one of those films that completely takes you by surprise by giving you something that you weren't expecting at all. John Singleton's directorial debut doesn't fail to shine for one second in this human-drama powerhouse.
The film focuses around three friends who live in South Central, Los Angeles; a place where drugs, guns, and violence appears to be around every corner. The three friends are Tre, Ricky, and Doughboy. Tre's father has tried his best to raise Tre into becoming a real man; supplying him with knowledge and wisdom. Ricky has dreams of being a professional football player while his brother, Doughboy, is always getting into some kind of trouble, whether it be with the law or the neighborhood gang-bangers. In the end, the film is about choices and how every action can set off a chain of events.
In the exclusive documentary that's included on this 2-Disc Anniversary Edition DVD, John Singleton says that this was the movie he was born to make, and he's able to show us exactly that and nothing less. Making the movie was taking a pretty big risk, as there was nothing quite like it on the market; however, that didn't stop him from delivering an incredible debut that really stands out from the rest. The main misconception of this movie is that people are willing to automatically assume that the movie is violent and is only about violence (these being people who have never watched the movie) when in actuality, the film focuses more on the aftermath of violent acts rather than the actual acts being carried out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "janine_rafferty" on 20 Aug. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
In the beginning this film may appear to be an excuse to show violence and poverty on screen but it quickley develops into a powerful story focusing on a group of friends as they grow older. The story mainly focuses on Doughboy, Ricky (who are brothers) and, Tre. Ricky and Tre are determined to make something of themselves and work their way out of the violent neighbourhood that they have been living in. And when a rival gang kills one of the friends the others must take revenge. Despite what you may think, this is not an overly violent film, dont get me wrong, there are scenes of violence near the end which are graphic but the whole film is not like that. There is a lot of swearing so if you have trouble with bad language then maybe this isnt your type of film. But on the whole it is a powerful drama, a film about everlasting friendship, and overall a fantastic film. Deffinetly worthy of your viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
John Singleton’s 1991 LA-based 'gang drama’ was made in the midst of a whole range of films attempting to address the 'race issue’ in the US, notably the likes of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever and Mario van Peebles’ New Jack City, but whereas Lee’s films (in particular) looked (predominantly) at black vs non-black race issues, Singleton’s drama focuses specifically on social issues (gang violence, poverty, sexism, education) within the black community. Indeed, Singleton’s opening intertitles, spelling out the 'problem’ in terms of the proportion of US 'black on black’ (male) killings, make for shocking reading (and it appears that, sadly, urban deprivation and violence within the US black community are still as much of an issue over two decades later).

Although Singleton’s film has been badged as a 'gang drama’ its scope is actually more wide-ranging and subtle than that. Using as its basis the father-son relationship between Laurence Fishburne’s level-headed, responsible father (and, what I would call, 'light activist’) Jason Styles and Cuba Gooding Jr’s teenage son, Tre, Singleton develops a 'coming of age’ drama, but also touches on the related issues of dysfunctional families, teenage parenting, educational aspirations and police brutality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2011
Format: DVD
1991

"One out of every twenty-one Black American males will be murdered in their lifetime"

"Most will die at the hands of another Black male"

"Increase The Peace" is the closing message of John Singleton's powerful, intelligent and affecting call for calm in South Central Los Angeles. Often mistakenly presumed by those who haven't seen it to be a film that glamorises violence, Singleton's debut film takes us into South Central and holds us there by just shooting the story. No trickery or overtly moralistic posturing from the director {and writer}, just an unpretentious look at life in a modern ghetto.

The story follows three black teenagers as they ponder on what life holds for them as adulthood lurks from around the corner. Brothers Doughboy {Ice Cube} and Ricky Baker {Morris Chestnut} and best friend Tre Styles {Cuba Gooding Jr}, each have the usual worries that come with leaving the teenage years behind. Parents, girls, careers, not returning to the pen! But this is no ordinary coming of age drama, we have been party to this neighbourhood that these boys live in. This is a place where a trip to the store can get you killed in a drive by shooting. A place where those keen to learn, and do their homework have their muse shattered by the frequent sound of gunshots and sirens filling the South Central night.

Tho Singleton can be accused of painting some of his characters as too saintly, he should be forgiven since this is after all, a message movie. Besides which his portrait of this particular neighbourhood is done from honest memory since he himself be a former youth of South Central LA. There in lies one of Boyz's trump cards, Singleton, thru his own observations, asks of those in "The Hood" to take responsibility for what they do.
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