Light It Up

1999

Light It Up

Critics Consensus

Soon into the student uprising, the story starts to feel like a warmed over after-school special.

39%

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Total Count: 49

76%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 6,739
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Movie Info

Noted R&B artist and producer Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds served as executive producer for this tough urban drama. After a shooting incident in a neglected inner-city school leaves a police officer wounded, a group of students holds the cop hostage, in a desperate effort to force improvements to their school. The cast includes another R&B hitmaker, Usher, as well as Forest Whitaker, Vanessa L. Williams, and Rosario Dawson. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Forest Whitaker
as Off. Dante Jackson
Rosario Dawson
as Stephanie
Judd Nelson
as Ken Knowles
Vanessa L. Williams
as Audrey McDonald
Glynn Turman
as Principal Armstrong
Vic Polizos
as Capt. Monroe
Gaddiel Otero
as Arturo Orosco
Frank Dominelli
as Sgt. Tortino
Reggie Theus
as Intelligence Officer #1
Jennifer Say Gan
as Intelligence Officer #2
Kevin Morrow
as Gangbanger
Erica Hubbard
as Girl One in Bathroom
Melissa Gonzalez
as Girl Two in Bathroom
Patrick Nugent
as Police Officer Kelly
Stephen R. Key
as Rookie Cop
Shawn Isom
as Straggler #1
Deborah J. Crable
as WPIX Anchor
Amy Landecker
as Reporter #2
Rengin Altay
as New York Post Reporter #3
Sam Samuelson
as New York Post Reporter #4
Rhomeyn Johnson
as SWAT Spotter
Llou Johnson
as Radio DJ
Daren Flam
as Cop Shooting at Kids
Rick Johnson
as Paul Miller/Sniper #1
Olumiji Aina Olawumi
as Student Council Secretary
Dan De Casual
as Mr. Miller
Liza Cruzat
as MTV Employee
Charles Brougham
as Team Leader
Eddie Fernandez
as Tactical Cop #2
Donna Hanover
as Fox News Anchor
Tara Hickey
as Secretary
Darlene Komar
as Principal Armstrong's Secretary
Velma Austin Massey
as Lester's Mom
Robert Minor
as Lester's Dad
Marvin E. Nelson
as SWAT Team Member
Eriq F. Prince
as Security Officer
Gary Anthony Ramsay
as News Anchor #1
Sue Simmons
as NBC Anchor
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Critic Reviews for Light It Up

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (19)

Audience Reviews for Light It Up

  • Jan 26, 2010
    Usher's "acting" ruined the whole thing for me
    Remi L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2007
    This is a solid drama about a group of inner city youths who want something more from the school and the system that runs it. The movie has a decent young cast in this. I was even impressed with the acting from Usher. Not the best but solid enough for me. The movie also has some good veteran actors in supporting roles like Forest Whitaker, Judd Nelson and Vanessa Williams. The story is interesting and the characters as well. I enjoyed it. Worth at least a one time watch. If you like movies such as Dangerous Minds or Stand and Deliver then check this one out.
    Corey n Super Reviewer

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