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Gang Related (1997)




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When they accidentally kill a Drug Enforcement Agent, two good-cops-gone-bad must do some fancy footwork to keep their butts out of jail. A blend of graphic bloodshed, lurid crime, and comedy, this film is dedicated to slain rap artist Tupac Shakur who makes his final film appearance here. Up until they messed up, detectives Divinci (James Belushi) and Rodriguez (Shakur) had an effective scam going in which they masqueraded as drug dealers who lured other pushers, via a seductive stripper named Cynthia (Lela Rochon), to do business with them. When the real dealers appeared, they would take their money and drugs and gun them down, taking care to make the killings look like random or gang-related work. The cops then resold the drugs and kept the money. Divinci is the plot's mastermind and saves the money so he can someday move to Hawaii. Rodriguez hates their work, but uses the bucks to pay off his huge gambling debt. They feel further justified by their dirty work because they are ridding the streets of criminals for good. Then they accidentally kill an undercover DEA agent. Knowing they are expected to solve his murder, the two look for a scapegoat and finally find one in a drunken homeless bum (Dennis Quaid), who unfortunately turns out to be a powerful and important person with a very high-calibre lawyer (James Earl Jones).more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jim Kouf
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 25, 1998
MGM Home Entertainment

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Tupac Shakur
as Rodriguez
Lela Rochon
as Cynthia
Dennis Quaid
as William
James Earl Jones
as Arthur Baylor
David Paymer
as Elliot Goff
Wendy Crewson
as Helen Eden
Gary Cole
as Richard Simms
T.C. Carson
as Manny Ladrew
Brad Greenquist
as Richard Stein
James Handy
as Capt. Henderson
Kool Moe Dee
as Lionel Hudd
Robert La Sardo
as Sarkasian
Robert LaSardo
as Sarkasian
Tommy "Tiny" Lister ...
as Cutless Supreme
Thomas Mills
as Patrolman Mahoney
Rick LaFond
as Desk Officer
Paul Gold
as Lineup Suspect
Will Jeffries
as Dunner Attorney
Jason Bagby
as Young Man
Chris Hendrie
as Judge Weinberg
Bob Apisa
as Dunner Bailiff
Terrance Ellis
as Gun Seller
Todd Patrick Breaugh
as Steven J. Allen
Yuri Ogawa
as Jury Foreperson
Joseph Hieu
as Asian Man
Deborah Rennard
as Caroline Divinci
Edward Edwards
as Sgt. Gardner
Tom Ormeny
as Nathan McCall
Tony Perez
as Judge Pine
Ron Cummins
as Bailiff
Charlene Simpson
as Manny's Secretary
Leonard O. Turner
as Guard at Cynthia's J...
Donald Craig
as Sinclair
Teddy Lane Jr.
as Guard at County
George Christy
as Detective
Peter Navy Tuiasosop...
as Bob the Bouncer
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Critic Reviews for Gang Related

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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San Francisco Chronicle
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Detroit News
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Time Out
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Gang Related

Believe it or not but this is actually a decent cop thriller starring Shakur and Belushi! two dirty cops trying to lie their way out of killing an undercover detective by framing a homeless man.

The premise is fine yet unoriginal but its handled well, both Belushi and Shakur play their roles well and you do get immersed in the tension as they get deeper in doo doo. You know what's gonna happen to be honest but its a fun ride watching it unfold.

Dennis Quaid plays the homeless man but I dunno why really, his role isn't really a big deal despite it being an important part of the story and Quaid seems to be sleep walking his way through it, I think this must have been his sparse acting period.

Surprisingly good thriller, Belushi shows he can actually play it straight from time to time plus Lela Rochon is scorchingly hot :)

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Fairly dated yet pretty watchable. I think the main attraction for this film at the time was Tupac, but for me James Bellushi was the one that drove the film here.

Lady D'arbanville

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Not Bad Tupac ^_^

EightThirty .

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