Belly (1998)




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Music video director Hype Williams made his feature film debut with this visually inventive urban drama. Tommy Brown (DMX) and his friend Sincere (Nas) are gangsters who have learned how to make a good living by dealing drugs and pulling armed robberies. Tommy and Sincere have been able to move out of the ghetto in Queens where they were raised and relocate to an upscale section of Manhattan; they would seem to have it made, but both realize that their lives are headed toward a dead end. Sincere begins getting in touch with his African roots and tries to convince his girlfriend Tionne (Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins) that they should emigrate to the Motherland, while Tommy has a religious awakening and joins the Nation of Islam. Along with top-selling rappers DMX and Nas, hip-hop artist Method Man and R&B singer Taral Hicks also appear. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
R (for strong violence, language, sexuality and drug use)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Artisan Entertainment

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as Sincere
as Tommy Brown
Taral Hicks
as Kisha
Method Man
as Shameek
as Knowledge
Louie Rankin
as Lennox
Clifford Smith
as Shameek
Oli "Power" Grant
as Knowledge
Kurt Loder
as Himself
Benjamin Chavis
as Rev. Saviour
Jay Black
as Black
Lavita Raynor
as Kionna
Xavier Simmons
as Young Tommy
Monica Michaels
as Club Manager
David Edwards
as Federal Agent
Jeffrey Kaufman
as Federal Agent
Brant Spencer
as Federal Agent
Adam Vignola
as Federal Agent
John "B.J." Bryant
as Thug No. 1
Shaun Morrison
as Housekeeper
Michael Woodhouse
as Older Barber
Tyrone Lewis
as Younger Barber
Crystal N. Johnson
as Knowledge's Cop Girlfriend
James Gresham
as Speaker
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Critic Reviews for Belly

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

All style and very little substance in this oft-told tale of inner-city angst.

July 25, 2002

All of Williams's glitz, delicious eye candy as it is, eventually overshadows his own script.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

Make no mistake: Style is paramount in Belly, a flashy, trashy look at the gangsta' life, which Hype Williams has exploited in videos for Puff Daddy, Mase, Tupac Shakur...

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

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Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

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August 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for Belly

I like Nas and DMX... I think DMX in particular is a pretty decent actor given the roles he's been dealt. But "Belly" is complete garbage. What I find most shocking is that numerous people I know cite this as one of their favorite films! That's the only reason I even decided to see this to begin with (it was forced on me) and hated just about every minute of it. Terrible.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

The beginning was awesome...yes...the was great.

Nani Vang
Nani Vang

Super Reviewer

Think Nas "Hate Me Now" Music Video on the Big Screen mixed in with a plot about drugs. Smooth visuals but given the director, pretty much a music video without the dubbing. Great Soundtrack, opening scene best part.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

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