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Snipes (Special Edition) (2001)

Sam Jones III , Nelly , Rich Murray  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Jones III, Nelly, Dean Winters, Zoe Saldana, Schooly-D
  • Directors: Rich Murray
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083C8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,579 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Snipes (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Set in the mean streets of Philly, Snipes is a journey through the dark side of the rap music industry and an underworld of hustlers, thieves and killers who'll do whatever it takes to stay on top ofthe game. SNIPES features powerhouse performances by Nelly, Dean Winters (HBO's 'Oz'), Sam Jones III (TV's 'Smallville'), Zoe Saldana (Crossroads), and J.D. Williams (HBO's 'The Wire'). The film alsofeatures dynamic supporting roles from gangsta rapper Schoolly D, movie gangster Frank Vincent (Goodfellas), and rap diva Charli Baltimore.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it February 28, 2003
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"Snipes" is entertaining. It's not a cinematic masterpiece, nor does it aspire to be. It's leaps and bounds better than your average hip-hop movie where the latest rapper du jour gets a starring vehicle..."Exit Wounds" with DMX was a painful movie to watch. "Snipes" is enjoyable. Sure, there are some scenes that stretch the limits of plausibility, but all in all, it's a fun movie.
In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that I worked on this movie as a Production Assistant, but I'm not biased. I only worked on it for 2 days. But in one scene, they put me in the movie. I get carjacked near the end. Of course, I had to sit through the entire movie to see my 5 seconds of screen time, but "Snipes" made it an enjoyable wait. Check it out if you like fun urban thrillers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie March 7, 2003
How was this movie not released until now? It was made when Nelly released his second album and Sam Jones (who pulls a Sean Nelson and steals the show)stars on Smallville. While you can figure out the plot of the movie in the middle of it. An unexpected plot twist happens that isout of the blue. There is another twist in this movie that reflects real life, however it will spoil the plot of the movie, so I'll post a warning here for those that doesn't want the movie's twist given away.
Dante Suarez has a cameo in this movie and much like Prolifick, whose mucis is never released to the public. Dante's album was never released when RCA dropped him from thier label. So this is the only time you get to see him ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Nelly October 11, 2002
Nelly's debut movie was definitely a hit to me, not just because I'm his #1 fan, it just was.I recommend this movie it's good enough to see over again so I'm gon' hit the theaters back up. Although there were a very few things that weren't all that good but he's still a five!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dean Winters saves this one. May 15, 2004
First of all, I despise Nelly. I think he's one of the worst mainstream rappers out there. The man can't rap and this movie shows that he can't act either. I really don't understand why all the other reviewers praise him as one of the best rappers to act in a film (but then again, none of the other reviewers even bothered to mention Winter's brilliant acting, so what do they know?).
I know that it sounds like I'm being unfair to Nelly just because I don't like his music, I actually tried the best I could to give him a chance. The fact is, the guy didn't show any emotion whatsoever, had the same exact facial expression throughout the entire movie, and used nothing but annoying slang words (which is really probably the writer's fault).
The movie, however, really suprised me. After watching the first ten minutes, I was just about ready to shut it off (it seemed like just another steriotypical hood movie that uses a bunch of slang words that anyone who doesn't watch MTV or BET won't understand), but I'm glad that i stayed around. The plot turned out to be great, with lots of twists and suprising swerves.
In my opinion, the best thing about this film was Dean Winters. I'm a huge fan of the hit HBO show Oz (His character, Ryan O'Reily, is actually my favorite prisoner on the show), and I only rented this because he was in it. Dean didn't disappoint either. He plays the arrogant, greedy, and selfish Bobby Starr perfectly. In fact, he's so good that it's almost impossible not to hate him. I'd also like to mention that there's a terrific deleted/extended scene with Bobby Starr and Johnnie Marandino, where Bobby furtherly tries to persuade Marandino to fund him for his rap company.
Overall, Snipes was a suprisingly good film. I give it a 7/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Snipes" raises the bar August 7, 2005
If you're expecting "Snipes" to be a standard entry in the rapper-tries-his-hand-at-acting genre, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. This is a complex, intelligently written thriller filled with unexpected twists and turns. Fans of Nelly will find plenty to praise (yes, he actually does have acting chops!), and as a hardcore fan of the HBO series "Oz" I loved the supporting roles played by Dean Winters and J.D. Williams (who also stars on HBO's "The Wire.") And interestingly, since this film came out, the female co-star, Zoe Saldana, has blown up as an actress. (She's had major roles in Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal" and starred opposite Ashton Kutcher in "Guess Who.")

In a nutshell, a smart screenplay, a solid cast and a lot of surprising twists add up to make "Snipes" a very entertaining film, and much more than you might expect upon first glance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 5, 2014
By Ashley
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I really enjoyed this movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars in my collection !!! January 19, 2014
By dee54
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i love this movie saw it on bet and had to buy it and the white dude is from law and order svu and i didnt realize it till i saw what movies he done
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5.0 out of 5 stars love the suspense February 11, 2013
By txgyrl
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I loved it ! Lots of twists and turns to keep you thinking and on your toes. Once you thought you've figured it out, something or someone else comes into play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Bill Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars The movies all good! My friend would enjoy this to!
I also gave my friend this movie on his birthday to. The acting was a little straight! I don't know if Nelly is good at acting! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dee Smalls!
1.0 out of 5 stars never received this item ... that i paid for amazon...
I purchased this item and NEVER RECEIVED it !!! sent the seller WHERE'S MY STUFF to inform them that i never received the item.... Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by Anthony M. Grundy
4.0 out of 5 stars THE REASON I LIKED THIS FILM IS...
The reason I liked this film is b/c it exceeded my expectations.
The storyline was good. The acting was good. The overall premise was good. Nelly did an OK job. Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by J3rm4ine
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Movie!
While I have yet to see this movie, it looks great. Nelly is talented and their is Brief Nudity.
Published on July 29, 2010 by Nehrrrr
5.0 out of 5 stars Nelly is awesome
I think that this movie is very, very, good. All the actors are good specially Nelly, he can act. Through out the movie there's a lot of twists and you can't stop watching, it... Read more
Published on December 21, 2004 by roxanne g
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad excuse to say the 'f' word
u get pretty sick of hearing 'f' this 473 times. Otherwise decent movie
Published on March 15, 2004 by ryan joerger
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie but sad
I loved this movie. Nelly has awesome tallent, the ability to act and the ability to rap. I just got done watching this movie and I must say that it is way off track of what I... Read more
Published on June 22, 2003 by bb_7thsign
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