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on 25 June 2007
Juice is an excellent movie that I never get tired watching. Guns and respect go hand-in-hand in the ghetto, and "Juice" dares to tell this to a mainstream audience. Although the story is told in a Hollywood manner you never doubt the events that take place haven't happened in reality at some point (except maybe the end). We meet our main characters through a montage which establishes the basic setting of the film. They are four black teenagers who live in Harlem, yet the way in which Dickerson depicts the atmosphere is not Gothic and pessimistic, just realistic.

First there's Q (Epps), a relatively quiet kid who aims to be a professional rap deejay someday, but he seems to be the only one who believes in himself. Then there's Bishop (Shakur), who's short-tempered, hyperactive, and apparently fearless. He always seems to be harassed by a Puerto Rican street gang, but he welcomes their violent challenges. It's hard to tell if he's doing it to keep his rep, or if he's got a death wish. There's also Steel (Hopkins), the generic funny-but-fat kid of the group whom the others constantly pick on. Finally, there's Raheem (Kain), the mediator of the group who seems the most responsible, although he does have an illegitimate child.

For the first 45 minutes there is almost no plot, just sheer character development and it's interesting to watch because it's a nice change of pace and the acting is superb. These four young men are an interesting group of characters as the script and their improvisation makes for great camaraderie. Few films are as driven by the acting as this film is. The heist scene is pulled off beautifully, and we realize how much of a talent we lost through Tupac's death. This is one of the best movies that Paramount gave us during the 1990s. The directing and script is also brilliant. In fact Tupac did one of the best acting jobs I've seen any musician do. I mean that guy did the best crazy-villain role I've ever seen..... well probably along side Wesley Snipe in New Jack City.

From the first shot to the last, JUICE is a heist flick set in a time where TRUE Hip-Hop was king. It makes me long for the days. I believe this movie was definitely a chilling reality about the ghetto's pride in respect and power. When your living in the ghetto, society automatically paints you out to be a low class individual, but this film brought to life the quest of 4 young men who wanted a name for themselves and did not just want to be another statistic or face in the crowd. Unfortunately the end of their journey left them just that. Highly recommended.
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on 29 January 2004
The film that ,although most of his 'fans' probably dont know it, redefined Tupac Shakur into the gangster rapper he was more widely known as. Juice is my favourite out of all the 'modern gangster' films..or maybe second behind 'Sugar Hill'. Although it doesnt contain the overall moral issues as John Carpenters 'Boyz N Tha Hood' does (or does it??), it does have a banging soundtrack and it's a little bit more action packed.
It's the tale of a group of friends who want to earn respect. So they decide to rob a local corner store. But things go a bit wrong when Bishop (Shakur) gets a little bit too attatched to the gun they bought especially for the job and bodies start falling. From there on we follow Bishops descent into a madness fuelled by paranoia and suddenly nobody trusts anybody anymore. And eventualy the four friends become just one. And along the way thrown in is a pretty good DJ battle contest featuring some ace scratching, a dash of Street Fighter II and some respectable acting. Shakur is great in his defining role as Bishop and so are all of his comrads (Q, Steel and Rahiem).
The music is supplied from greats such as Salt N Pepa, Eric B & Rakim, Naughty By Nature and Big Daddy Kane and fits the mood of life on the streets of Harlem. Unfortunatly the DVD lacks any special features and the film itself hasnt got a whole world of depth, but it's still a classic. Definetly recommended
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on 3 June 2012
This film is one of the classics starring the great Tupac Shakur in his first starring role and doesn't fail to impress with the quality as an actor and with the supporting roles of Omar Epps. Good plot and definitely worth buying even if not a fan.
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on 5 October 2011
This is it Tupac fans,finally we have a UK region 2 release of juice. This has to be one of the best Tupac movies ever made and it also stars Omar Epps who stars in HOUSE. A movie made by "Ernest R Dickenson", well written and a good hip-hop movie. I am very pleased with this purchase This is a fast paced movie and you will never get tired of watching it.

So do your self a favoure don't hesitate and grab your self a copy of this fun,witty movie.
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on 9 April 2000
What happens when you can't trust you own friends? When your friendship becomes about who has the most juice? Found out in this great video where 4 men decide that it's time to stop running and seize the juice.
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on 14 October 2015
Interesting and enjoyable movie. Loved seeing these actors at such a young stage in their careers. Definitely one to add to your collection.
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on 5 November 2014
A dark but very realistic movie
Tupak great actor
Shame people couldn't set the difference between the actor from the real Tupak
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on 9 November 2010
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on 26 March 2015
Not so much to say really, product exactly as described and works perfectly.
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on 7 January 2014
I am happy with the item it worth watching juice it is good film I will recommend to friends and family good value
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