Juice is the 1992 movie best known for it’s banging soundtrack and launching the acting career of Tupac. But there is much more to the film that elevated it to true #CultureClassic status.
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, and written by Dickerson and Gerard Brown. Juice is a crime thriller that stars Omar Epps, the aforementioned Tupac Shakur, Jermaine Hopkins and Khalil Kain. The film is about four black youths growing up in Harlem dealing with police harassment, a rival neighborhood crew and their own family issues.
The film is the writing and directing debut of Dickerson and features Shakur in his acting debut. Dickerson was a long-time cinematographer who worked on many of Spike Lee’s films including Malcom X, Do The Right Thing, and School Daze.
Tired of all of the harassment he and his friends have endured, Bishop (Tupac) decides that the crew must do something major to get the juice (respect). His plan, rob a convince store to get back at it’s owner. However, aspiring DJ, Q (Omar Epps) and the other guys are unsure if they want to get into a life of crime. Bishop finally convinces them, and without giving it away, things go awry. They argue and a rift between Bishop and the other three starts. Pac perfectly and sinisterly portrays Bishop’s decent into madness showing the world in new side of this multi-talented creator for The Culture.
Juice is thrilling, it’s intense, and is a perfect snapshot of The Culture in the early 90’s. Talented young black actors, a director killing it in his first opportunity, and a soundtrack led by one of the greatest MCs of all-time (Rakim). Juice is a legit #CultureClassic.
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