Slam (1998)

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SLAM centers on Raymond Joshua, a gifted rapper/poet in Washington D.C. who is arrested on a petty drug charge and is swallowed up by the capital's criminal justice system. In prison, he meets Lauren Bell, a beautiful writing teacher who recognizes Raymond's unique talents and inspires him to use his unique power of creative expression.

Rating: R (for pervasive language, a sex scene and brief violence)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Marc Levin, Sonja Sohn, Richard Stratton, Saul Williams
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On DVD: Mar 23, 1999
Runtime:
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as Ray Joshua

as Lauren Bell

as Hopha

as Jimmy Huang
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Critic Reviews for Slam

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Part gritty prison drama, part inner-city chronicle, the energetic Slam defies easy categorization, serving as a compelling plea for black males of how to survive in oppressive society. The film won the 1998 Sundance Jury Award for Best Drama.

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Audience Reviews for Slam

A brilliant masterpiece of independent black cimema. This was a film that had a strong cast(real-life poet Saul Williams and also Sonja Sohn of HBO's The Wire) with compelling subject matter complete with a killer soundtrack(featuring the sounds of the DC "go-go" and other artists)not to mention some of the most capitvating over-the-top rap poetry ever witnessed.
All set within the most corrupt city in America--our nation's capital.

rayman0071
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