Director: Ernest R. Dickerson Run Time: 96 min. Release Year: 1992
Starring: Jermaine Hopkins, Khalil Kain, Omar Epps, Samuel L. Jackson, Tupac Shakur
Four Harlem friends — Bishop, Q, Steel and Raheem — dabble in petty crime, but they decide to go big by knocking off a convenience store. Bishop, the magnetic leader of the group, has the gun. But Q has different aspirations. He wants to be a DJ and happens to have a gig the night of the robbery. Unfortunately for him, Bishop isn’t willing to take no for answer in a game where everything’s for keeps.
“Ernest R. Dickerson’s directorial debut Juice has a neo-noir look and a surplus of documentary detail. It shares the vitality of the early 90s New York hip hop culture it documents, from turntable gear worship to sneaker fetishism. And aided by Tupac Shakur’s searing performance, Juice captures the traumatic and anxious roots of American gangsterism better than just about any other entry in the evergreen genre.” – Patrick Dahl, Screen Slate