Gang Related (1997)

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Two corrupt cops masquerade as drug dealers who kill real dealers. During one of their schemes they accidentally kill a DEA agent and are now in charge of finding out who did it. They think they found a perfect scapegoat, but they turn out to be wrong.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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In Theaters:
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Runtime:
Studio:
MGM Home Entertainment

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Cast

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

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Writer-director Jim Kouf crams the screen with enough incident, coincidence and characters to keep you watching.

Full Review… | July 16, 2007
Film Journal International

I won't pretend to know anything about Shakur's music, but his death robbed filmgoers of an actor who only began to show his talent.

May 27, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

An ambitious but instantly generic urban crime drama that conjures up the usual assortment of cliched' streetwise grittiness

May 25, 2003
TheWorldJournal.com

Tupac was a very promising actor -- it's a shame this was the kind of film he usually wound up in.

January 22, 2003

There are several clever twists in the story, though Kouf never quite manages to make much of it seem credible.

Full Review… | June 28, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Jim Kouf has managed to create a low-budget cop story that not only features a sterling cast, but also manages to entertain for two hours straight.

January 16, 2002
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Gang Related

A good Dirty Cop film. Belushi and Tupac really meshed well together which was both a comedic and dramatic treat to see.

Darrin Craig
Darrin Craig

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
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Lady D'arbanville

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