South Central

Directed By: Steve Anderson Starring: Glenn Plummer

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A hard-hitting tale of a former los angeles gang member who returns to his neighborhood from jail resolved to turn his younger son away from street-gang life.


Studio Warner
SKU 40114623
UPC 085391259428
UPC 14 00085391259428
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
Coming Of Age
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The emotional, hard-hitting tale of a former L.A. gang member who returns to his neighborhood from prison resolved to steer his young son away from street-gang life, SOUTH CENTRAL is a no nonsense drama from director Steve Anderson. Deuce gang member Bobby Johnson has just been released from prison. He returns to his old neighborhood to find a few surprises: First, Bobby learns he has a son, Jimmie. But Carole, Jimmie's mother, is now a drug addict and the lover of fellow gang member Ray Ray. To make matters worse, the local pusher-pimp, Genie Lamp, hires a thug to force Bobby to take heroin. Vengeful, Bobby kills Genie and is sent to prison, this time for 10 years.^While serving his sentence, Bobby transforms himself from die-hard delinquent to righteous radical only to discover that his Jimmie -- now also involved with the Deuces -- was shot while robbing a car. Hopefully, Bobby will make it out of prison in time to be a real father to his son.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "We have allowed death to change his name from Southern rope to Northern dope."
Chicago Sun-Times "...Movies like this one let us feel the emotions..." 09/18/1992 p.42
Steve Anderson
Glenn Plummer
Cast & Crew
Byron Keith Minns - Actor
Carl Lumbly - Actor
Christian Coleman - Actor
Glenn Plummer - Actor
Larita Shelby - Actor
Lexie Bigham - Actor
Vincent Craig Dupree - Actor
Donald Bakeer - Based on Novel By
Steve Anderson - Director
Charlie Lieberman - Director of Photography
Steve Nevius - Editor
Brad Gilbert - Executive Producer
Michael Spielberg - Executive Producer
Oliver Stone - Executive Producer
Tim Truman - Musical Score
William B. Streakley - Producer
Janey Yang - Producer
Steve Anderson - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 12594
UPC 00085391259428
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource The Washington Post
Review Another L.A.-side heartbreaker about young black men caught in a self-perpetuating cycle of hatred, incarceration and bloodshed, South Central purposely pulls you down. Then, with its clarion call to black fatherhood, it lifts you back up again. If it's loaded down with Message, it's armed to the teeth with conviction -- and a powerful performance from Glenn Plummer. The movie's ultimate mission to save a child's life becomes transcendentally vital... At first, the violence, unconscionable references to "bitches" and widespead use of crack and PCP raise serious questions about the filmmakers themselves. You wonder if South is having an R-rated blast in the lip-service guise of putting it all down... But there's method to the madness... A bare-bones outline ignores the performances, the stirring music, the close-in camerawork and the direction of Steve Anderson. The emotional punch and atmosphere of the movie soar through any hokiness. Plummer's search for the son he never saw grow up becomes a powerful odyssey. In a gun-toting finale, in which blood ties are pitted against man's atavistic need for revenge, and willpower takes on firepower, the winner is Plummer. He transforms a potentially thankless (and catcalling) role into heroic triumph.
Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 0
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Interactive Menu
Product Attributes
Actor Plummer,Glenn
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Desson Howe, The Washington Post Stirring. An heroic triumph.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...emotionally stirring... the climax is startlingly powerful.

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