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New Jersey Drive (1995) (1995)

Sharron Corley , Gabriel Casseus , Nick Gomez  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sharron Corley, Gabriel Casseus, Saul Stein, Gwen McGee, Andre Moore
  • Directors: Nick Gomez
  • Writers: Nick Gomez
  • Producers: Bob Gosse, Larry Meistrich, Spike Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006H32DO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,904 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    From Executive Producer Spike Lee comes a sizzling action-thriller. The game is cars - taking them from the street for a hot thrill-ride to the fence or the chop shop - and then living off the high until the next Mercedes or BMW rolls by.This is the only life that Jason Petty (Sharron Corley) and his crew understand. And when police lieutenant Emil Roscoe (Saul Stein) pursues his personal vendetta against Jason, the game gets deadly. The odds against survival are overwhelming, but surrounded by friends, family and a glimmer of hope - there's a chance they can turn their lives around. Energized by a riveting rap soundtrack, this urban drama takes a daring look at life on the street - the way it really is.

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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a look! April 27, 2007
    This is a well studied cautionary tale about the potential perils of car crime. Newark in New Jersey had a reputation in the mid-90s for all kinds of car crimes including carjacking at gunpoint and this film cleverly taps into that era. There was talk about lines being crossed by Newark police officers back then and the movie takes a look at that also. I found it difficult sometimes to decide where to place my sympathies. Yes, the car crime itself is mindless and destructive as anyone who has had their car stolen will know but in the movie, the police often come off looking no better than the criminals they are pursuing.

    Gabriel Casseus and Sharron Corley give very impressive performances as Midget and Jason respectively. If you're a car enthusiast like me and, like me, you didn't see this movie when it first came out back in 1995, you might feel the cars (which are important characters in this movie as well) date it somewhat but it's not overwhelming. The best thing about this movie for me though is that although it doesn't preach or moralise, it shows very clearly that for young black men, a life of crime can only lead to a limited number of conclusions. That said, when tragedy inevitably ensues, it's still very sad.

    Props to director Nick Gomez - he often gets us right into the cars and takes us along for the joyrides - and props to Spike Lee and his 40 Acres & A Mule filmworks for executive producing the movie. I'll be watching this one again and again.

    Banging soundtrack as well, by the way. I might actually get it on CD...
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful March 9, 2006
    I purchased this movie for my teenager son, hoping he could see the harsh reality of what could happen to him following the wrong crowd. This movie showed all the basics and then some.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Nick Gomez's "New Jersey Drive"... June 20, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    This Is A Study Of A Ghetto Youth Whose Main Thrill In Life Is Riding Around In Stolen Cars...Though Gritty And Authentic (Being From New Jersey, I Can Attest To This), The Cycle Of Thoughtlessness, Self-Destructiveness And Vindictive Police Brutality Gets Tedious At Times...All In All, A Great Film, And An Accurate Look At The Streets Of Central Jersey...
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    6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars good movie December 19, 2004
    By Jesus
    despite what others might claim, this is not just a movie about stealing cars. it is about the oppression that young black males face in new jersey, oppression they face in the majority of the country. it chronicles the corruption that runs rampant throughout north american police departments, in this case, the newark police. this is a good movie whether you want to watch car chases and life in the hood or if you can appreciate the less in your face message of inequality and discrimination.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Eh...Could have been better... May 26, 2002
    No, this movie is not "da dopest car movie evah" or anything like that. I am a huge fan of films about Black-America, being that some of my favorites are Menace, Boyz, Lean on me, and many more. However, Let's be honest, there is nothing that is that great about this movie. It doesn't have much of a plot that will really hold you down and make you want to watch, and the acting is, average at best. I will say though that the acting of the police officers is horrible.
    This movie could have been something much more, had they tried to make you want to watch it for more than what it is, just people stealing cars. I doubt many people will see this film that live outside of New Jersey, but it is an accurate portrayal of life in Newark, so for that I commend it. But if you want to see a great movie, I suggest looking elsewhere. If you are just in the mood to watch cars being stolen and enjoy the action, then this movie might be for you.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "I got crap friends!" September 9, 2010
    Indeed. Jason Petty (Sharron Corley) is a young guy with a group of teenage friends who spend most of their time in the ghettos of New Jersey stealing cars, crashing them, sitting around on streetcorners drinking, and harassing women. Like an African American version of "The Basketball Diaries", only a little more low key, this movie is subtle, harsh dose of cultural reality--the underbelly of society which most of us care not to acknowledge even while our tax money is directed toward keeping it the underbelly of society.

    Neither the cops nor the "protagonists" in the film are saints and director Nick Gomez does a brilliantly understated job of making that clear. Consistently putting their own lives and the lives of others in danger by jacking cars like pathetic, city borne pirates, not much of an effort is made to explain why they behave this way other than, well, they come from the ghetto.

    A quietly titanic battle ensues between the police and Jason's buddies ensue when the authentically sinister cop "Roscoe", looking like some Italian football player who was popular in high school for all the wrong reasons and then signed up for the force expecting the same kind of power, opens fire on a stolen car when it is parked and mortally wounds one of Jason's friends. He knew exactly what he was doing and despite Jason being a blatant thug and criminal, he is determined to get some kind of vengeance on this petty little monster, as are his friends. The whole film you sort of expect Jason or one of the gang to actually shoot the guy (he wouldn't be too far from deserving it, as he regularly beats, harasses, and humiliates them in interrogation rooms) but Gomez is too smart for those kind of melodramatics. This is an ugly situation and a war that has no real purpose.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    nice drama
    Published 1 month ago by N. Green
    4.0 out of 5 stars Where Is Sharron Corley?
    Friendship, fearlessness and felonies. New Jersey Drive...what can I say? I remember when New Jersey had the highest carjacking and auto-theft rate in the country. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by D. Marshall
    4.0 out of 5 stars YOUNG STRUGGLE.
    Published 5 months ago by darrell davis
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
    because i like this movie very much i havent seen it in years i thought it was a good movie.
    Published 5 months ago by Donnetta Brooks
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time faves......
    Not as recognized as one of the other, more popular 90s movies but it's one of the best! So happy it came so fast!
    Published 7 months ago by Stephanie Langham
    1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy DVD
    Lousy audio. No option for english subtitles. A complete waste of my hard earned money. Order something other than this DVD.
    Published 7 months ago by Melvin L. Scott
    5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
    vrry good movie about the young teen life in the urban area of new jersey.. and to sjow wgat the 90's was really like . this is the era i grew up thick in..
    Published 8 months ago by Zay T.
    5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC!!
    Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars New jersey Dr..Have change
    A New mayor, well maybe five years in office. The movie brought back many memories for the good and the BAD.. this is great for archives
    Published 14 months ago by jhadee
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
    Following the story will make you think twice about the decisions you make in life and the company you keep.
    Published 17 months ago by Ciara King
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