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Cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson directed and co-wrote this crime drama about a group of friends who get involved in a robbery. Bishop (Tupac Shakur), Q (Omar Epps), Raheem (Khalil Kain), and Steel (Jermaine Hopkins) are four Harlem friends who spend their days skipping school, getting in fights, and casually shoplifting. The only member of the group who has plans for the future is Q, who dreams of becoming a deejay. But one day Bishop happens to see James Cagney in White Heat and the film inspires him to buy a gun. His plan is to rob a corner store and split the money. Everyone goes along… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dickerson and co-writer Gerard Brown exhibit a sharp ear for dialog and have some real finds in their largely unknown cast..."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"I'm sure Dickerson has strong feelings about inner-city problems, but if he does he can't convey them."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"An above-average story of four "boys in the hood.""
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Despite the script's reliance on familiar cliches, the film never feels like an exploitation thriller, as we genuinely feel for these kids and the life they've fallen into."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Stylishly shot, it works well as a thriller; the result is energetic and entertaining, without the feeling of difficult truths being forgotten."
‑ , Time Out
"The movie generates a real tension in its closing passages, as it shows its characters trapped in a plot that seems to be unfolding according to its own merciless logic."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Commanding performances mesh with solid storytelling"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"Dickerson's story of street kids at risk breaks no new ground. It is better than most, but not by much. Sure looks good, though."
‑ Kathleen Maher, Austin Chronicle
"Mr. Dickerson, whose cinematography has been the reason Spike Lee's films look so good, has a terrific eye and some juice of his own."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Coming out from behind Spike Lee's camera, Ernest Dickerson has instantly arrived at the forefront of the new wave of black directors. His film aims for the gut, and hits it."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A Hitchcockian moment in an elevator is perhaps the film's signature set piece."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Apollo Guide
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