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New Jack City is the ultimate 1991 chronicle of the debut of crack on the drug scene. A band of urban gangsters decide they want control of the whole pot, and not relinquish the wealth of this lucrative market to the Sicilians. Nino Brown played by Wesley Snipes leads this ruthless group affectionately branding themselves as the Cash Money Brothers (CMB). Snipes, along with his partner G-Money from the inception of the gang, portrayed by Allen Payne, devise a scheme to take over The Carter, an entire housing complex in New York.

New York detective played by Mario Van Peebles convinces the police commissioner that they need some "New Jack Cops to bring down these New Jack gangsters." Two questionable officers are chosen led by Scotty played by Ice-T, to bring down this drug dynasty. He in turn enlists the help of a known druggie Mookie, portrayed by Chris Rock, who he previously caught, to get inside the CMB operation. Scotty and partner clean Mookie up who they want to get hired by CMB.

Everything is working according to plan when several factors foil the plot. Nino is attracted to G-Money's girlfriend, although he already has a relationship with another woman, and gets into bed with her. Despite the rule not to partake in the product, G-Money begins using the crack they are selling. Then if that's not enough to complicate the plan, Mookie relapses, and starts using as well. His behavior is noticed by CMB, and he is caught spying on the Carter operation. He is killed.

This almost shuts down the police sting, but Scotty and his partner are rekindled spirits from Mookie's death. Scotty goes undercover, and infiltrates CMB himself by befriending G-Money ultimately getting into their inner circle. Nino, although leery of Scotty, takes him under his wing because he liked how he handled himself. This action in turns makes G-Money jealous, and he hooks up with the Sicilians to get a bigger piece of the action.

This backfires; the police close the Carter operation, Nino is on the run, and kills G-Money because he betrayed him, but is eventually captured and brought to trial. Due to technicalities, Nino is acquitted and seemingly gets away, but is gunned down by a disgruntled member of the community. You can't miss this gang bangin', action packed movie filled with suspense and intriguing relationships that will leave you on the end of your seat.

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Stars
Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Mario Van Peebles, Allen Payne, Judd Nelson
Director
Mario Van Peebles
Language
English
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