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A smart, likeable, 17-year-old film student from Harlem sees his world turned upside down when he's charged with a murder. We follow his dramatic journey through a complex legal battle.


Anthony Mandler


Colen C. Wiley (screenplay by) (as Cole Wiley), Janece Shaffer (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
ASAP Rocky ... James King (as Rakim Mayers)
John David Washington ... Richard 'Bobo' Evans
Roberto Lopez ... Mr. Nesbitt
Kelvin Hale ... Court Officer
Jennifer Ehle ... Maureen O'Brien
Paul Ben-Victor ... Anthony Petrocelli
Dorian Missick ... Asa Briggs
Jeffrey Wright ... Mr. Harmon
Carl Johansson Carl Johansson ... Court Officer #2
Willie C. Carpenter ... Judge
Geisha Otero Geisha Otero ... Jury Foreman
Nyleek Moore ... Jerry Harmon
Lovie Simone ... Renee Pickford
Liam Obergfoll ... Casper Juenemann
Tim Blake Nelson ... Leroy Sawicki


Based on the award winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, the film tells the story of Steve Harmon, a 17 yr old honors student and aspiring filmmaker who gets caught up in a robbery where a murder happens. The film follows his dramatic journey through a complex legal battle for his fight to prove his innocence. Written by Andrey Tavera

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No one has any idea who I am.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some violence and bloody images | See all certifications »

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Kelvin Harrison Jr. and John David Washington both appear in Monsters and Men (2018). See more »


Written by Reggie Dokes
Performed by Reggie Dokes
Courtesy of Psychostasia Recordings
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Duality of black people
8 May 2021 | by ayojerkinskaregaSee all my reviews

Production: Good script. Okay editing. Some of the scenes were a little jarring to the narrative. Good casting. Sets look realistic. 6/10.

On screen: Good to decent acting. Most of the actors are believable, but sometimes their actions seemed unnatural. Good cinematography. The artsy esthetic works for this film. 7/10.

Content/Impact: The telling of this story is necessary to combat the racism that black people, especially young black men, face today. The humanity that is shown throughout the film of black youth and how racism can write their own narrative is profound. Not only did it illustrate this through the main character Steve Harmon but the fact that it was shown through one of the "antagonists" William King shows us the complexity of black people meaning that black people are people too just like everyone else breaking the stereotype that black people are a monolith. 10/10.

Overall: Solid book to film adaptation needed in the world we live in today. 7.6/10.

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7 May 2021 (USA) See more »

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