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.

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Critic Reviews for Slam

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Dec 1, 2006 | Rating: B
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Suffused with an emphatic but completely vague sociopolitical anger, Slam can't get beyond reiterating familiar sentiments about genocidal cycles of violence and black male prison statistics.

Apr 11, 2018 | Full Review…

A powder keg of a movie, exploding with emotional honesty and truth and the exuberant passion of raw young talent.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This film can be valued for its energetic performances.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The fiction element of the film, instead of driving Levin to deeper truths, delivers him toward triteness and manipulation.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

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