Menace II Society

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This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA. Written by Daniel Bredy <>

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This is the truth. This is what's real.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, drug use and pervasive language | See all certifications »


Release Date:

26 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Угроза для общества See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$27,900,000 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


97 min

Sound Mix:



Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1 See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Tupac Shakur was originally cast to portray the character Sharif in the film, but fell out with the directors (Hughes Brothers) after they fired him due to his disagreement with his character which resulted in a violent altercation between them. However, Shakur appears in the music video from the film "Trigga Gots No Heart" by Spice -1. Shakur is visible in the background of the video with many other "thugs." He is seen twice throughout the video in quick shots. The video was directed by the Hughes Brothers. See more »


When Cain first meets Illena, he parks his car behind hers, blocking her in. The scene switches to the barbecue where A-Wax and Stacy see Cain talking to Illena. When the scene switches back to Cain and Illena, Cain's car is no longer behind hers. See more »


Caine: My father sold dope and my mother was a heroin addict. Moms and Pops were real popular in the neighborhood. They would always be giving parties for friends of theirs who just got out of jail or was on their way to jail. They only got married 'cause I was born. My pop sometimes worked as an electrician or a cab driver or a plumber, but his main job was selling drugs. Sometimes Mom would use 'em all up before he could even sell 'em. Then he'd have to beat her up. Growing up with parents like that...
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Features He Walked by Night (1948) See more »


Written by Quincy Jones III (as QD III)
Performed by Xavier and Quincy Jones III (as QD III)
Courtesy of New Line Tunes
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