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USA drama 1991 color 113 min.
Director: John Singleton
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1 disc, catalog # CC1289L

Some filmmakers are born of the determination to tell a single story, and John Singleton's dedication to showing the dramatic plight of young black men in South Central Los Angeles awoke hearts and minds across the country. His story and the story of the film bond inseparably in this special edition.

"The color fidelity is excellent, as is the pristine picture." -Gary Reber, Widescreen Review

John Singleton's acclaimed and controversial 1991 debut is an unvarnished view of life in the violence-ridden South Central area of Los Angeles. Cuba Gooding Jr., Larry Fishburne, and rap star Ice Cube give stand-out performances in this powerful story about life in a world plagued by drugs, gangs, and racism. Singleton was the youngest person ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his realization of this gripping drama.

Criterion's edition of this Academy Award-nominated movie includes:

  • New widescreen transfer
  • Audio commentary by director John Singleton
  • Two scenes deleted from the original theatrical release
  • Screen tests of stars Ice Cube, Tyra Ferrell, Morris Chestnut, and Angela Bassett
  • Close-captioned for the hearing impaired

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