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Sugar Hill (1994)

Wesley Snipes , Michael Wright , Leon Ichaso  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wesley Snipes, Michael Wright, Khandi Alexander, DeVaughn Nixon, Marquise Wilson
  • Directors: Leon Ichaso
  • Writers: Barry Michael Cooper
  • Producers: Armyan Bernstein, Greg Brown, Marc Abraham, Rudy Langlais, Steven R. McGlothen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007AJG1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A life of crime has earned Roemello Skuggs and his brother, Raynathan money, power and respect. Now Roemello, weary of the destructive world, wants to start a new life with a sophisticated woman from a respectable family. But Raynathan needs his help in a bloody war, as the mob tries to mob in on their territory. The harder roemello tries to walk away, the more he's pulled back into the only world he's ever known and the more determined he becomes to bury the past.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could've Been Better, But Still Great June 14, 2002
By Omni
Format:VHS Tape
From Covenant Avenue to St. Nick-Harlem, once
the mecca that African-Americans lived, breathed and
thrived in, has become a pocket of infestation, a neigh-
borhood in hell, a timeshare in Vietnam. There's a war,
children, a war of values, of ethics, of lives, of genera-
tions and, ultimately, the spoils are simply blood, mate-
rial goods and empty futures. Wesley Snipes stars in the
new film Sugar Hill, which follows Roemello, a mid-
level drug kingpin, through the course of what seems to
be a week. Roemello is tired, but why he is exhausted is
never made clear. The film, directed by Leon Ichaso,
takes an unflinching look at both yesterday's addicts
(Roemello's parents) and today's (Roemello's brother
and partner Ray N athan) .The central theme is whether
or not Roemello will choose the true love of his girl-
friend Melissa, played with a defiant presence of char-
acter by Theresa Randle, or his surrogate father Gus,
mafia lord, supplier and the man who attempted to kill
Roemello's now-decrepit father. A battle over territory
ensues between Roemello and a competitor brought in
by Gus.
Roemello's father, played by Clarence Williams III
(who will be overlooked for an Oscar due the film's
release date), dealt drugs, supplied his wife's habit
(which leads to her death) , and lives in a walking death
of memories, regrets and heroin when the film opens.
Ray Nathan, played by Michael Wright, is the clingy,
needy older brother who relies on his Georgetown-
educated brother to balance his street insanity with
calculation and diplomacy. We then begin to see that all
Roemello is, all he has trusted, has abandoned him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Critics Are Partly Wrong. November 11, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
After reading how the critics panned this movie I wonder if they watched it. The movie has a very dark yet thoughtful feel to it. If we understand that critics rarely have talent as actors or screenwriters we can see how this nice movie could be so underrated by them. Wesley Snipes plays his role with a warm compassion for those around him. Michael Wright does overact quite a bit but he probably had a few years to go to become a good actor. Clarence Williams III was superb as the father. Theresa Randle is very good as the girlfriend. I almost fell in love with her myself. She seemed like the perfect woman. The rest of the movie is straight gangster done by a black cast except for Abe Vigoda who played his part excellently.
The opening scene and the scene about the mother and father is very good and sets up the whole movie. Especially the scene with the father and the thugs on the roof, which is fantastic. We understand so much about Roem's motives from that scene that we appreciate his later life and his rage toward the things which affect him later.
I usually don't like movies which are from the nineties but this one stands out. It is worth watching.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, gripping story October 27, 2004
By Gil
After watching "New Jack City", "Sugar Hill" is definitely a similar, but milder, pared down version of the former, still with the stark realities of street life and the drug trade being the common denominator. While in New Jack, Wesley Snipes character "Nino" is a cold,bloodthirsty,womanizing, and heartless druglord. Snipes' role as Carmello in SH is much more conservative in terms of his mannerisims, attire, and he is compassionate, humane, and sympathetic, but still not forgetting that he is first and foremost a drug kingpin who needs to take care of business. Ironically, Carmello must care for his ailing father, whose life is in shambles as a result of abusing the same product that made his own son rich, and eventually succumbs. I would even go on a limb to say Nino from NJC could be regarded as being re-incarnated in another life in this film as another character(Carmello). Carmello eventually tires of his life as a dealer, and realizes that there is more to life than the jet set lifestyle, wealth and material things.

Eventually,Carmello is given another chance at redemption, but must live the rest of his life with a crippling injury that was inflicted by his own brother, who eventually dies as well. Carmello starts over far from the concrete jungles of NYC with a new wife and child. The remarkable Clarence Williams, Ernie Hudson, Vondie Curtis-Hall, the lovely Theresa Randle, Abe Vigoda and other actors add to the depth of this film. Even after 10 years, this movie still hits home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A movie worth seeing December 30, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The story line was unique and entertaining. Showing Snipes as a complex individual, not just a money hungry drug dealer. The twist and turns the move takes keeps your attention, and the ending surprising. The camera direction was rather flat with moments of interest,but the over all direction I would say was good. you won't be dissappointed, I wasn't
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar Hill January 1, 2010
No stranger to pain and tragedy, drug lord Roemello Skuggs is ready to quit his dangerous profession and settle down in a quiet new life with his girlfriend. Fate, however, has other things in store for him. After a lifetime in the narcotics trade, Roemello finds that getting out isn't so easy, especially with a brother still in the business and a turf war threatening to erupt. Nice dark film, with soft jazz, and beautiful rich scenery. This movie has depth and history. Wesley shows depth of character in this movie. If you plan on having a relaxing night type of movie, this is one to have for the collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 2 days ago by crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Very nice
Published 16 days ago by sierra m
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Dvd didnt play at all dont know why.
Published 22 days ago by dwayne haden
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
the sound on the movie is low
Published 23 days ago by ina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Movie plays super good. Thanks.
Published 1 month ago by ronaldgreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the movie was outstanding with great quality
Published 1 month ago by Arthur L Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies
I saw this film a few years back and I always likes it. I love the setting and the feel of Harlem. One thing that bothers me is that I hope people don't think its that easy to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. A. Vaught
5.0 out of 5 stars A Diamond in the rough
For people that have never seen this movie i think you'll like this movie but not love cause for some Stories like this are to Gritty but for the most past i think you'll like this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rushaun Givens
1.0 out of 5 stars dvd shows nothing
this dvd is worst then a black market dvd. i put this dvd in 3 players and received the same results nothing and error messages. Read more
Published 4 months ago by melody clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar Hil
I'd owned Sugar Hill on a VHS for many years, but I needed to upgrade. The delivery was great and so was the quality of the product.
Published 6 months ago by Barbara A. Dyise
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