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South Central (1992)




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Glenn Plummer delivers a powerful performance in this angry film based on Crips, a novel written by South Central Los Angeles high school teacher Donald Baker, and directed by Steve Anderson, who served time in prison. Plummer plays Bobby, a young black man trapped in a self-perpetuating cycle of hatred, incarceration, and bloodshed. On his first day out of prison, he comes back to the streets of South Central LA and the only family he knows --the gang. He finds that his best friend Ray-Ray (Byron Keith Minns) is now the leader of the Deuces. Ray-Ray, with plenty of sweet talk, easily talks Bobby into committing a murder, killing a rival gang leader. But before the killing Bobby finds that his girlfriend Carole (LaRita Shelby) has given birth to his son. He also sees that she is becoming too dependent on her drug supply. After the killing, Bobby is hauled back into jail for a ten-year stretch. In jail, Bobby undergoes a transformation. Introduced to the Muslim community and mentored by an older convict named Ali (Carl Lumbly), Bobby begins to read W.E.B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King. He learns about self-respect and how gangs use people like him. When he is once again released from prison, Bobby is a new man. But South Central has gone from bad to worse. Carole, now completely addicted to cocaine, works as a hooker to support her habit. He also discovers that Ray-Ray has recruited his 10-year-old son Jimmie (Christian Coleman) as a junior gang member, stealing car stereos. Jimmie looks upon Ray-Ray as a role model and Bobbie must find a way to save his child from the violent and doomed future of a gang member.

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Glenn Plummer
as Bobby Johnson
Byron Minns
as Ray Ray
Allan Hatcher
as Baby Jimmie
Alvin Hatcher
as Baby Jimmie
Rana Mack
as Girl in Club
Michael A. Lerner
as Broken Nose
Diane Manzo
as Undercover Cop
Sal Landi
as Detective
Christian Coleman
as Jimmie (age 10)
Julius LeFlore
as 1st Prison Guard
Ivory Ocean
as Willie Manchester
Vickilyn Reynolds
as Willie's Wife
Linda Fontanette
as Neighbor Lady
Richard G. Camphuis
as 1st Policeman
Starletta DuPois
as Nurse Shelly
George Mulholland
as 2nd Prison Guard
Donald Bakeer
as Dr. King
Ron Chovance
as Parole Officer
Michael McNab
as 2nd Policeman
Eugene Williams
as Local Tough
Musa Bakeer
as Young Boy
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Critic Reviews for South Central

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

News reports try to tell us what happened in Los Angeles, but fail, because they are limited to the facts. Movies like this one let us feel the emotions.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for South Central


Now this is Gangsta...Drama 4 your Mama Type...Good 4 old and young ^_^

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