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Big screen classics

Boyz N the Hood

Singleton’s powerful debut demonstrates the trials and tribulations of growing up in South Central LA in the 80s and 90s.

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USA 1991
Dir John Singleton
With Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr, Ice Cube, Nia Long
Certificate 15

John Singleton’s superior debut is a coming-of-age drama about the experiences of several friends in South Central LA in the 80s and 90s, with gangs, guns, poverty and police harassment casting a baleful influence over everyday life. A justifiably angry and sorrowing account of racial inequality and injustice, it demonstrates the writer-director’s sure sense of community dynamics and his expertise with actors.

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