"We have allowed death to change his name from Southern rope to Northern dope."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/18/1992
"...Movies like this one let us feel the emotions..."
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.
Coming Of Age |
Family Interaction |
Produced in association with Monument Pictures and Enchantment Film.
Additional cast: "Big Daddy" Wayne (Henchman); Allan and Alvin Hatcher (Baby Jimmie); Baldwin C. Sykes (Ken Dog); Rana Mack (Girl in club); Diane Manzo (Undercover Cop); Sal Landi (Detective); Christian Coleman (Jimmie); Leonard Boyles (Termite); Terrence Williams (Boody); Reginald T. Dorsey (Bastile); Tim DeZarn (Buddha); Allen Michael Lerner (Broken Nose); Julius LeFlore and George Mulholland (Prison Guards) and Vickilyn Reynolds (Willie's Wife).
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.