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(1995)

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The neighborhood where the film takes place is the same street where the film's director, F. Gary Gray, grew up in South Central, Los Angeles. Principal houses that were used for filming were houses of old friends of the director. The scene where Deebo punches Red into the air is the house that Gray grew up in.
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The movie was filmed in 20 days.
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The cast and crew were warned well ahead of time not to wear anything red during filming. 126th Street where the film was shot was well inside the territory of the Crips street gang, known for wearing distinctive blue bandannas, whereas their bitter rivals, the Bloods, wear equally distinctive red bandannas. So for their own safety, red clothing was banned from the set, because anyone wearing red clothing of any kind, bandanna or otherwise, would be assumed to be sympathetic to the Bloods, and potentially be attacked on sight by the Crips.
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Chris Tucker improvised many of his lines in the movie.
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In the flashback scene where Smokey is in the car with Hector and his friend, two men can be seen sitting on a block wall in the background. The men were residents of the neighborhood who wanted to be difficult towards the production staff, knowing they couldn't tell them what to do on their property. They remained in the shot despite offers from the staff which included compensation or a walk-on role in the film.
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First movie role for Michael Clarke Duncan. He appears as one of the craps players in the flashback where Red gets punched by Deebo.
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The clothes that Ice Cube wears at the beginning & end of the film are the same clothes he wore at the end of Boyz N The Hood.
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DJ Pooh, who portrays Red, was originally set to play Smokey. However, New Line pressed producers for a better known actor, reaching a deal with Chris Tucker.
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The line "Bye Felicia" is also used in Straight Outta Compton by Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr., who portrays Ice Cube. That film, as well as this film, was also directed by F. Gary Gray.
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This was Meagan Good's first film. She was "girl #2" that gets pushed out of the way by Smokey at the ice cream truck.
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Ice Cube and director F. Gary Gray both stated they modelled Friday after the movie Clerks.
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Chris Rock and Tommy Davidson were considered for the role of Smokey.
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The license plate on Smokey's car is "FCK IT".
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This movie was released one month after the death of former N.W.A band mate, Eazy-E
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Mr. Jones, a dogcatcher by trade, watches Man's Best Friend (1993), a movie about a genetically engineered dog that becomes homicidal.
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The movie was filmed in 126th Street between Halldale and Normandie in South Los Angeles, California.
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Craig's mother can be seen pouring the last of the sugar into her coffee while eating breakfast.
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This is the second of four movies that Ice Cube and Nia Long appear in together, the first being Boyz n the Hood (1991), the third being Are We There Yet? (2005) and the fourth movie being Are We Done Yet? (2007).
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Smokey's car is a 1976 Ford Pinto.
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It's revealed in deleted scenes that Craig's dad is eating grapes at the beginning of the movie, and that Smokey is eating a sugar sandwich while they're high and watching music videos.
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The top of the animal control truck was used as a camera riser and to store production gear.
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Craig Jones (Ice Cube) watches K-Dee's "Hittin' Corners" video, which was released by Cube's Lench Mob Records label.
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In the theatrical version, we are immediately introduced to the Jones family. The extended version of the film introduces viewers to several supporting characters (Deebo, Ezal, Stanley, etc.) before the Jones Family.
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Tommy "Tiny" Liston and Ice Cube previously worked together on Trespass (1992). They played characters that were in the same gang.
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This is the second film featuring Regina King, Ice Cube and Nia Long.
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The first movie featuring Chris Tucker and Tommy (Tiny) Lister, the second being "The Fifth Element".
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One of the record albums in Craig's room is "One Nation Under a Groove" (1978) by Funkadelic, the back cover shown upside-down.
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The song being played on Smokey's car while Smokey and Craig were about to go to a store was performed by Dr. Dre, a former member of N.W.A. just like Ice Cube (Craig). It is also remembered that Dr. Dre along with other N.W.A. member were once dissed by Ice Cube through his rap "No Vaseline" though during the making of this film they've already settled down their differences.
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In the telephone scene where Craig's girlfriend Joi (Paula Kai Parker) accuses Craig of cheating on her, if you look closely directly behind Joi, you can see another man laying in her with his back to the camera
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The cereal that Craig Jones pours into his bowl is Cap'n Crunch.
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This is the 3rd time Ice Cube and Regina King worked together. They played friends in Boyz N The Hood (1991) and classmates in Higher Learning (1995).
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Director Cameo 

F. Gary Gray: The man mopping the floor in the store.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The outfit that Ice Cube wears throughout the movie is also the same outfit worn by Ice Cube's son in the movie Straight Outta Compton. it's in the scene when the news reports Eazy-E having aids. O'shea Jackson Jr. plays as his father in the movie. The movie also shows O'shea Jackson Jr. (as Ice Cube) writing the script to Friday.
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On the VHS video jacket; it incorrectly synopsizes, that Craig and Smokey owe money to Deebo and not Big Worm as it actually transpires.
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In the begining of the film credits, you can see Ezal running down the street with boxes. These are the boxes that Craig gets blamed for stealing.
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Ice Cube (Craig) Bernie Mac (The Reverend), AJ Johnson (Ezel) ,Tiny Lister (Deebo) , Faizon Love (Big Worm) and Ronn Riser (Stanley) all appear together 3 years later on Players Club which was also written and directed by Ice Cube.
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There is no white people in this movie. Only black people, two Mexican dudes, and an Asian guy at the store.
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