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South Central

As a cautionary tale about the nihilistic life of street gangs, South Central speaks eloquently to black kids desperately in need of straight talk. A profoundly moving story of a father's attempt to save his son from his own mistakes, Steve Anderson's film has performances by Glenn Plummer and young Christian Coleman that will touch any viewer.

As a cautionary tale about the nihilistic life of street gangs, South Central speaks eloquently to black kids desperately in need of straight talk. A profoundly moving story of a father’s attempt to save his son from his own mistakes, Steve Anderson’s film has performances by Glenn Plummer and young Christian Coleman that will touch any viewer.

Based on a novel by an LA teacher [Donald Bakeer’s Crips], starting in 1981, pic picks up Plummer as a hardened gang leader getting out of jail and drifting back into the clutches of charismatic Deuces boss Byron Keith Minns, who wants to take over the local drug business from ruthless pusher/pimp Kevin Best.

Since Best has appropriated Plummer’s PCP-addict wife (LaRita Shelby), Plummer is easily manipulated into murdering the pusher, which sends him to prison for 10 years. While in the slammer, Plummer is transformed into a man of reason and idealism by his Muslim cellmate (Carl Lumbly).

The direction is suitably unobtrusive and tech credits are pro.

South Central

  • Production: Warner/Ixtlan. Director Steve Anderson; Producer Janet Yang, William B. Steakley; Screenplay Steve Anderson; Camera Charlie Lieberman; Editor Steve Nevius; Music Tim Truman; Art Director David Brian Miller, Marina Kieser
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 99 MIN.
  • With: Glenn Plummer Byron Keith Minns Lexie D. Bigham Vincent Craig Dupree LaRita Shelby Kevin Best