Poetic Justice


1h 50m 1993

Brief Synopsis

The loss of her lover to gang violence and her alcoholic mother's suicide has made Justice a recluse whose singular form of expression and survival is her poetry. Abandoned and alone, Justice's tough-talking persona masks her insecurity and distrust of people. Lucky is a stalwart postal carrier who has successfully resisted the temptations of a seemingly natural existence on the streets. Dedicated to raising his daughter while her mother spends her days on crack, Lucky's ambition to transcend the limitations of life in the hood compels him to spend weekends in Oakland in his cousin's eight-track garage studio, recording rap songs that enable him to creatively voice his inner rage and build hope for his future. Both Justice and Lucky are recluses and dreamers pushing through the status quo to make their own destinies. Against the backdrop of urban despair and loneliness, they struggle to find love, hope and, ultimately personal transformation.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Oakland, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

The loss of her lover to gang violence and her alcoholic mother's suicide has made Justice a recluse whose singular form of expression and survival is her poetry. Abandoned and alone, Justice's tough-talking persona masks her insecurity and distrust of people. Lucky is a stalwart postal carrier who has successfully resisted the temptations of a seemingly natural existence on the streets. Dedicated to raising his daughter while her mother spends her days on crack, Lucky's ambition to transcend the limitations of life in the hood compels him to spend weekends in Oakland in his cousin's eight-track garage studio, recording rap songs that enable him to creatively voice his inner rage and build hope for his future. Both Justice and Lucky are recluses and dreamers pushing through the status quo to make their own destinies. Against the backdrop of urban despair and loneliness, they struggle to find love, hope and, ultimately personal transformation.

Crew

Gregory Allain

Office Assistant

Derek Allen

Song

Willy Allen

Sound Editor

Judy Alonzo

Assistant

Kokayi Ampah

Location Manager

Maya Angelou

Other

Apache

Song

Christopher Aud

Sound Editor

Dallas Austin

Song

George Baetz

Boom Operator

Bobbi Banks

Foley

Bobbi Banks

Adr Editor

Bob Beemer

Rerecording

Bill W Benton

Rerecording

T David Binns

Assistant

Ted Bishop

Song

Everton Bonner

Song

James Brown

Transportation Captain

Keith Brian Burns

Production Designer

Susan Cabral

Makeup

Bruce Cannon

Editor

Harry Cheney

Sound Editor

Stanley Clarke

Music

Peter Collister

Director Of Photography

Elisa Ann Conant

Assistant Location Manager

Coolio

Song

Coolio

Song Performer

J Davis

Song

John William Davis

Song

Kevin Deane

Song

Bryan Dobbs

Song

Bryan Dobbs

Other

Snoop Dogg

Song

Kevin Donen

Special Thanks To

Monet Donen

Special Thanks To

Joe Doughrity

Assistant

Sly Dunbar

Song

Robert Eber

Sound

Kenneth Edmonds

Song

Kenneth Edmonds

Song Performer

Alvechia Ewing

Makeup

Simone Farber

Assistant Director

Linda Folsom

Production Coordinator

Warren G

Song

Randy J Gaetano

Assistant Property Master

Kenneth Gamble

Song

Tony Gaudioz

Camera Operator

George Gershwin

Song

Tara Geter

Song

Dawn Gilliam

Script Supervisor

Evan L Gilner

Dga Trainee

Domenic Giorgio

Key Grip

Margaret Guinee

Assistant Editor

Bob Hall

Assistant Camera Operator

Julian Harker

Song

Cynthia R Harris

Office Assistant

James Harris

Song

Alison Harstedt

Production Accountant

Omar Ben Hassen

Song

Gregory A. Hedgepath

Sound Editor

Gordon Henderson

Special Thanks To

Randall C Heyward

Set Production Assistant

Rayniece Holmes

Set Production Assistant

Leon Huff

Song

Ernie Isley

Song

Marvin Isley

Song

O'kelley Isley

Song

Ronald Isley

Song

Rudolph Isley

Song

Andre Jackson

Song Performer

Janet Jackson

Song

Janet Jackson

Song Performer

Janice Jackson

Assistant Director

Chris Jasper

Song

Darryle Johnson

Costume Designer

Osagyefu Kennedy

Song

Pamela Lasean Williams

Song

Brian Legrady

Assistant Camera Operator

John K Lemons

Wardrobe

Pauletta Lewis

Hair Stylist

Terry Lewis

Song

Dan May

Set Decorator

Tom Mccarthy

Sound Editor

Gene Mcfadden

Song

Bob Minor

Stunt Coordinator

Ali Shaheed Muhammed

Song

Prince Nelson

Song

Steven Nicolaides

Producer

Steven Nicolaides

Unit Production Manager

Jim Ondrejko

Construction Coordinator

David Orr

Color Timer

Corey Penn

Song

Rex Perry

Special Thanks To

Kirk M. Petruccelli

Art Director

Peter Phillips

Song

Ellis Reed

Photography

Andrea Reed-elmore

Casting Associate

Robi Reed-humes

Casting

Antonio Reid

Song

Sean Reveron

Song

Sergio Reyes

Rerecording

Lise Richardson

Music Editor

Terri Robinson

Song

Pete Rock

Song Performer

Pete Rock

Song

Tim Roslan

Transportation Co-Captain

Jeanie Rucker

Special Thanks To

Eric Rylander

Special Effects

Stan Saffold

Craft Service

John Sandau

Lighting

Robbie Shakespear

Song

Winston Sharples

Song

Rodney Sharpp

Assistant Sound Editor

Billy Sherill

Song

Maria Lee Silver

Assistant Editor

Daryl Simmons

Song

John Singleton

Producer

John Singleton

Screenplay

C L Smooth

Song

C L Smooth

Song Performer

Sherri G Sneed

Other

Paul Stewart

Music

Yon-allyn Styles

Set Production Assistant

Darryl Swann

Song

Johnnie Taylor

Song

The Isley Brothers

Song Performer

Robert Thomas

Dolly Grip

Tim Thomas

Song

Rojai S Trawick

Song

James R Tynes

Lighting Technician

Dion Vines

Set Production Assistant

Cardell Walker

Song

John Whitehead

Song

Raphael Wiggins

Song

Darrell L Wight

Set Designer

Don Wilkerson

Assistant Director

D Alonzo Williams

Associate Producer

Maurice Williams

Set Production Assistant

Shirlene Williams

Wardrobe

Lloyd Willis

Song

Michael P Wilson

Property Master

Little Stevie Wonder

Song Performer

Little Stevie Wonder

Song

Syreeta Wright

Song

Tammy Wynette

Song Performer

Tammy Wynette

Song

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Oakland, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Award Nominations

Best Original Song

1993

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 23, 1993

Released in United States on Video February 2, 1994

Completed shooting July 4, 1992.

Began shooting April 14, 1992.

Released in United States Summer July 23, 1993

Released in United States on Video February 2, 1994