Slam (1998)

SLAM centers on Raymond Joshua, a gifted rapper/poet in Washington D.C. who is arrested on a petty drug charge and is swallowed up by the capital's criminal justice system. In prison, he meets Lauren Bell, a beautiful writing teacher… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 5, 1998
DVD Release Date: March 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

Michael Dequina

A powder keg of a movie, exploding with emotional honesty and truth and the exuberant passion of raw young talent.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This film can be valued for its energetic performances.

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Peter Henne
Film Journal International

The fiction element of the film, instead of driving Levin to deeper truths, delivers him toward triteness and manipulation.

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Mister Caple
A brilliant masterpiece of independent black cimema. This was a film that had a strong cast(real-life poet Saul Williams and also Sonja Sohn of HBO's The… More