New Jack City

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

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

100 mins

Cast and crew

Mario Van Peebles
Thomas Lee Wright, Barry Michael Cooper
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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