New Jack City

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  • Thrillers
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Touted as a ground-breaking addition to the crime-on-the-streets genre, Van Peebles' thriller is far more modest: a high-tech update on that old warhorse, a mobster's rise and fall. Ruthless Nino Brown (Snipes) lords it over a New York neighbourhood with an empire built on crack and violence. It's only when two disenchanted streetwise officers come together - African-American Scott Appleton (Ice T) and Nick Peretti (Nelson) - that his domain is effectively threatened. The movie pays lip service to social analysis while delighting in the paraphernalia of violence. As such, it's a superior example of what used to be called blaxploitation, with Van Peebles piling on corruption and carnage for all he's worth.

Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Screenwriter: Thomas Lee Wright, Barry Michael Cooper
Cast: Wesley Snipes
Ice T
Allen Payne
Chris Rock
Judd Nelson
Mario Van Peebles
Michael Michele
Bill Nunn
Russell Wong
Thalmus Rasulala
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