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Hurricane Streets (1997)

Hurricane (original title)
Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four ... See full summary »

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Morgan J. Freeman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Sexton III ... Marcus
Antoine McLean Antoine McLean ... Harold
Mtume Gant Mtume Gant ... Louis
Carlo Alban ... Benny
David Roland Frank David Roland Frank ... Chip
Adrian Grenier ... Punk
Lynn Cohen ... Lucy
L.M. Kit Carson ... Mack
Edie Falco ... Joanne
Isidra Vega ... Melena
Andy Ko Andy Ko ... Little Kid
José Zúñiga ... Kramer
Terry Alexander ... Duane
Heather Matarazzo ... Ashley
Shawn Elliott ... Paco
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Storyline

Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four close buddies who have a basement clubhouse; they shoplift and sell the wares to kids. One is moving toward selling drugs. Marcus wants to take a breather from the city and visit family in New Mexico. He also meets Melena, 14, a sweet kid who dreams of going to Alaska; her father is not just protective but angry and uncommunicative. The gang pressures Marcus to move up to burglary and car theft. He just wants to breathe open air. Can anything go right? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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know life. no limits.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and drug use involving teens | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hurricane Streets See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$231,500, 16 February 1998

Gross USA:

$375,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$375,634
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Ultra Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original title was "Hurricane". The title was changed to "Hurricane Streets" after a print of the film was requested for a screening, and the film that was delivered was Hurricane (1979). See more »

Quotes

Benny: What do you want to be? Are you gonna be like a farmer or something?
Marcus: I guess I could be a farmer.
Benny: Yeah, I wanted to be a cop. But now that we steal so much, it's probably not a good idea.
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Soundtracks

Atari Teenage Riot
Written by Alec Empire
Performed by Atari Teenage Riot
Courtesy of Digital Hardcore Recordings
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brilliant and entertaining
18 April 1999 | by wobert12See all my reviews

I rented this one on a whim, and really enjoyed it. It's the first movie I've seen since Kids that gave a realistic portrayal of teenage life. All the actors are believable as 15-year-olds (I especially enjoyed Brendan Sexton and the girl who played Melena), and the dialogue was realistic. Up until very late in the film, all of the plot twists were things that could have happened in real life. Also, the film showed the downside of a life of crime without coming off as preachy. I'm looking forward to seeing more work from everyone involved in this film.


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