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Filmmaker Marc Levin, known for his documentaries exploring prison life, drug addiction, and street gangs, won the 1998 Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize when he made his feature dramatic directorial debut with this downbeat prison drama about a black poet jailed on minor drug charges. At "Dodge City," a Washington, D.C., housing project, streetwise Ray Joshua (Saul Williams), a marijuana dealer who writes poetry, sees his drug connection gunned down, winds up busted as a murder suspect, and is also charged with possession. Incarcerated in a tough D.C. jail, Ray is caught… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Part gritty prison drama, part inner-city chronicle, the energetic Slam defies easy categorization, serving as a compelling plea for black males of how to survive in oppressive society. The film won the 1998 Sundance Jury Award for Best Drama."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"The fiction element of the film, instead of driving Levin to deeper truths, delivers him toward triteness and manipulation."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"A powder keg of a movie, exploding with emotional honesty and truth and the exuberant passion of raw young talent."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This film can be valued for its energetic performances."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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