New Jack City

Synopsis: The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Mario Van Peebles
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

You are about to witness

the strength of street knowledge.

Yo, this is Queen Latifah

Bringing a song to you

About a place you might live

In case you don't understand

It's called New Jack City

In case you still don't understand

I brought along Levert and Troop

To kick the ballistics

Unemployment is up,

says the Department of Labor...

...with nearly 200,000 more claims

for unemployment last month.

Americans whose income is below the

poverty line has risen to 2 million...

...compared to 1.6 million in 1979.

Economists say that the

economic inequality... at its worst level since

the days of the Great Depression.

Over the last 3 years, the percentage of

after-tax income for the rich rose 3%...

...while after-tax income

for the poor fell. 2%.

Homelessness is at an all-time high.

A drive-by shooting in Harlem resulted

in the death of a 7-year-old boy.

Police say the shooting

was drug-related.

Said a police source,

"The kid just got in the way. "

The bodies of 3 young black men

were discovered in Marcus Garvey Park.

Police believe they were victims

of a drug deal gone bad.

The identity of the victims

has been withheld.

Firemen were summoned to extract a man

from a ventilator duct of a building.

The man became trapped when he entered

the duct in order to rob the premises.

The deficit now stands

at an astounding $ 221 billion.

A reputed crime lord and 10 of his

henchmen were gunned down today.

Witnesses said the gunmen

rode past Mr. Armeteo...

...and sprayed the group with gunfire.

The shooting was the result

of an ongoing turf war.


...look at you now.

Nino, please!

Don't start bitching up.

You don't have my product or my money.

You got to give me another chance!


Brothers don't wait to get paid.

Money talks.

Bullshit runs the marathon.

So, see you,

and I wouldn't want to be you.

The number of addicted

infants born in Manhattan...

...has risen over the past few years.

Hospital officials say...

...that the care required by these

tiny victims of the cocaine epidemic...

...has severely impacted the

available resources for pediatric care.

In other news, an unidentified man found

floating facedown in the East River... believed to be another victim

in an ongoing drug war...

...that continues to plague our city.

Get out of my sh*t.

Thine is the kingdom, the power

and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

I like to pray before I start

scrambling. Keeps people honest.

Say that sh*t, say that sh*t.

Do this now. What's your price?

Yo, man. For you, Bob Marley, 17.

For a key? You must be

doing the dope. Bring this down.

You got to get realistic.

I'm talking about a lower price.


This ain't Delancy Street, and you can't

Jew me down. That's my price.

Check this out, homeboy.

God's on your side, right?

Why don't we do this reasonable?

You want to do this correct or not? 17.

Let me see the money.

Come on. Let's do this, man.

What you know about that?

Everybody out! Get down!

Everybody down! Police!

You think you slick, you little punk,

blasphemous dope-fiend b*tch!

Spit in my face, I'm going to kill you!

- You f***ing that kid up.

- He's kicking his monkey ass.

Ease back, goddamnit! I'm a cop!

Shut the f*** up!

It's over. You have the right

to remain silent.

Anything you say can and will be used

against you in a court of law.

I'm going to get paid.

If I make this, you're going to have

to come out your pockets.

- Ain't made that shot in years.

- Pay your taxes.

I'm like the IRS.

That's it! I love it.

What's up? Where you going?

It's the sign of the times

I got to get mine

All I live is a life of crime

They got my back against the wall

And my dick is in the dust

Remember when we was kids...

...we played for Reverend Oates?

MO AB Bitty Squad?

I was 11, you was 13.

We was the baddest backcourt... Each-One-Teach-One.

We wasn't making no money then.

And now that we are, you're here

living your Michael Jordan fantasy.

Business must be good.

It will be, brother.

Peep this out.

Freebase. So what?

Yo, man, you know the rules.

Us brothers don't be getting high.

Shut the f*** up and drive the car,

you non-talking bastard.

You been making money

outside the family?

I just been doing a little

experimentation-type thing.

A little experimentation-type thing.

Like what?

At the clubs, some of the guys step away

from the blackjack table or the bar... buy $50 or $ 100 worth of sniff.

I set them up in the back room

with a hit of base...

...and 15 minutes after leaving the club,

they'd be back with 2 and 3 people.

So what?

They ain't come back for the cocaine.

They came back for the base.

You sound like

this sh*t'll change the world.

I don't know about all that

change-the-world sh*t, but I do know...

...they be going crazy over this.

And the b*tches...

Oh, Lord! Them b*tches,

they do anything for this, man!

I had my jimmy waxed every day

last week. You understand?

Several times a day.

Get the f*** out of here!

I know damn well ain't nobody

sucked your shriveled-up dick.

You trying to dis me?

I'm just telling the truth.

That's all I'm doing.

Several times a day, my ass.

All right, let me think about this

a little bit.

You think this base... the high-powered sh*t?

We going to come off like the Mob.

You understand what I'm saying?

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Thomas Lee Wright

Thomas Lee Wright, an American writer and Academy Award nominated filmmaker, is best known for his timely and powerful documentaries, including "Edith+Eddie" (producer) which won the IDA (International Documentary Association) Best Short award and an Oscar nomination, "Eight-Tray Gangster" (director) for the Discovery Channel which tells the story of L.A.'s Rodney King riots from a gang member's perspective, and the award-winning WTO 'Battle in Seattle' chronicle "Trade Off" (producer) for Human Rights Watch. Three of his films deal with war veterans - "The Long Ride Home" (director), "To Them That's Gone" (exec producer) and "Last Flag Flying" (exec producer) which he developed as a feature film for director Richard Linklater, starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne. Wright also penned the original screenplay for the Warner Brothers hit "New Jack City" starring Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock and Ice-T, which the New York Times called "an urban classic" on the 25th anniversary of its premiere. A Minnesota native, Wright attended Harvard University, writing and directing plays and earning a degree in English Literature with honors, then studied Irish Theater at Trinity College, Dublin, while playing point guard for its national championship basketball team. Moving to Los Angeles, Wright became a story editor at Walt Disney and Columbia Pictures, before serving as a creative executive at Paramount Pictures, where he helped develop "48 HRS", "Trading Places", "Flashdance" and other movies. Wright's treatment for "The Godfather, Part Three" launched his screenwriting career and led to writing projects for every major studio and many of Hollywood's top producers, including Peter Guber, Dino De Laurentiis, Mike Medavoy, Daniel Melnick and Don Simpson, among others. Wright co-wrote a pair of definitive widely-used books about filmmaking - 'Working in Hollywood' traces the making of a motion picture through tasks performed by 64 different workers behind the scenes, and 'American Screenwriters' which is a collection of interviews with top writers discussing the craft and business of screenwriting. more…

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