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Jason's Lyric (1994)

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The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love, as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled brother Joshua... See full summary »

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Doug McHenry

Writer:

Bobby Smith Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Allen Payne ... Jason Alexander
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Lyric (as Jada Pinkett)
Bokeem Woodbine ... Joshua Alexander
Anthony 'Treach' Criss ... Alonzo
Eddie Griffin ... Rat
Suzzanne Douglas ... Gloria
Lisa Nicole Carson ... Marti
Lahmard J. Tate ... Ron
Forest Whitaker ... Maddog
Asheamu Earl Randle Asheamu Earl Randle ... Teddy
Clarence Whitmore Clarence Whitmore ... Elmo
Rushion McDonald ... Fast Freddy
Curtis von Burrell Curtis von Burrell ... Darryl
Bebe Drake ... Ms. Murphy
Kenneth Randle Kenneth Randle ... Leroy
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Storyline

The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love, as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled brother Joshua (Bokeem Woodbine). Jason, an assistant manager and sales clerk at an electronics store, falls in love with Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith) and finds happiness, but his family history and mentally ill war veteran father, Maddog (Forest Whitaker) plague his life's plans before he can leave it all for a better life. Written by bd64kcmo

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Love is courage. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Face da Verdade See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,122,600, 30 September 1994

Gross USA:

$20,851,521
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Like New Orleans Houston, had a ward system of six wards, When Houston was founded in 1836 and incorporated in 1837, its founders, the Allen Brothers, divided it into political geographic districts called "wards", precursors to City Council districts. This is a common political tool still used in some American cities. When the system was at its peak, Houston had six wards, from the first to the sixth, and were officially abandoned as political entities in 1915. Houstonians still identify certain Afro-American communities as being "wards" which are not identical to the wards that existed before 1915, but sometimes appear on signage and discussion. New Orleans has not had officials elected to represent wards since 1912, but like Houston, the ward designations remain a part of New Orleans' social fabric, especially since Hurricane Katrina. See more »

Goofs

The bank and the bank parking lot during the robbery scene are not in the same location; the parking lot is located in the Eleanor Tinsley Park complex off Allen Parkway west of Downtown Houston. The Bank is located inside Loop 610 in the Heights between T.C. Jester and Airline Drive, about 5 miles from downtown. See more »

Quotes

Marti: I know you think Alonzo isn't perfect, but I'm going to hold on to him... cause he's all I got. The wards ain't full of Jasons. What you found was quiet... in a world full of thunder. I ain't got no choice but to listen to it. You do.
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Alternate Versions

US unrated video release is billed as "Special, sexy unrated version" and features 1 minute of additional sex footage not present in the original theatrical version. See more »

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Crazy Love
Performed by Brian McKnight
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The most personally captivating movie since "Imitation of Life".
11 May 1999 | by ladybyrdSee all my reviews

All of the characters had a back history. I could see the cause and effect (why the characters were the way they were) in the film. The actors were believable. Each time I watch it (at least twice a week), I see something new. "Jason's Lyric" has inspired me to get on the bus and stop watching it go past. The symbolism in the movie was refreshing. The cinematography was excellent as well, every part of the film enhanced the whole. "Jason" gave me hope that a man can commit in a relationship; he just has to want to do it. He made me dream again of lovely words and warm embraces. "Lyric" assured me that closing up was not the answer but trying to love again is the way to get the magic back....


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