New Jack City

March 8th, 1991


New Jack City

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A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 6.3/10 (12,995 voted)

Director: Mario Van Peebles

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne

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 every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate them, but the trial fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher.

Writers: Thomas Lee Wright, Thomas Lee Wright

Wesley Snipes - Nino Brown
Ice-T - Scotty Appleton (as Ice T)
Allen Payne - Gee Money
Chris Rock - Pookie
Mario Van Peebles - Stone
Michael Michele - Selina
Bill Nunn - Duh Duh Duh Man
Russell Wong - Park
Bill Cobbs - Old Man
Christopher Williams - Kareem Akbar
Judd Nelson - Nick Peretti
Vanessa Williams - Keisha
Tracy Camilla Johns - Uniqua
Anthony DeSando - Frankie Needles
Nick Ashford - Reverend Oates

Taglines: They're a new breed of gangster. The new public enemy. The new family of crime.

Release Date: 8 March 1991

Filming Locations: Grant's Tomb - 122th Street & Riverside Drive, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,039,622 (USA) (10 March 1991) (862 Screens)

Gross: $47,624,253 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | UK:

Did You Know?

The highest grossing independent feature of 1991.

Continuity: When Kareem takes Pookie to talk to Gee Money about a promotion, the camera cuts between being in the room and looking through the wire that Pookie is wearing. Gee Money is on the phone during this exchange and his hands switch positions wildly between the shots.

Nino Brown: You gotta rob to get rich in the Reagan era.

User Review

Wesley Snipes Should Have Been Nominated


This is one great movie, but the thing that really made it special was Wesley Snipes portrayal of a totally despicable character in Nino Brown. He didn't portray Nino as the stereotypical drug dealer. Instead he portrayed Nino as a highly intelligent man who you wonder what would have happened if he had put his intelligence to more productive pursuits. Also, Ice-T wasn't bad in his first major role and you can see how much he has improved by watching Law and Order: SVU.

This is not your typical movie about the drug culture.


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