Light It Up (1999)

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

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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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R (for language and violent content)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

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

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (19)

The dialogue is ridiculous and condescending.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

Painfully obvious and cliched.

December 31, 1999
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Writer-director Craig Bolotin wants to get our motors racing, our minds pondering and our hearts pumping. Laudable goals; shaky results.

December 31, 1999
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Bolotin repeatedly reminds the viewer of his lack of imagination.

December 31, 1999
Orlando Sentinel
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Nelson, Whitaker and their talented, young co-stars give this film most of whatever juice it has.

December 31, 1999
Film.com
Top Critic

Crackling dialogue, surprising intelligence and an emotional wallop.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Light It Up

½

terrible script for a workable premise, it's over-thinking and bad acting that sinks this Titanic full of high-voltage names..

Thomas Porter
Thomas Porter

Even thought very cliched I thought this movie was surprisingly great. It featured believable performances and it kept me wanting to see what was going to happen throughout. Also I think Robert Ri'chard gives a breakthrough performance here.

Jake Peffer
Jake Peffer

Usher's "acting" ruined the whole thing for me

Remi Logan
Remi Logan

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