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Poetic Justice
Poetic Justice (1993 movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Singleton
Produced byJohn Singleton
Steve Nicolaides
Dwight Alanzo Williams
Written byJohn Singleton
Music byStanley Clarke
CinematographyPeter Lyons Collister
Edited byBruce Cannon
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 23, 1993 (1993-07-23)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$14 million
Box office$27 million

Poetic Justice is a 1993 American romantic drama film written and directed by John Singleton and starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur with Regina King and Joe Torry. In the film, the main character Justice writes poems which she recites throughout the film. The poems featured were written by Maya Angelou, and Angelou also appears in the film as one of the three elderly sisters whom the characters meet at a roadside family reunion. The Last Poets make an appearance toward the end of the film. The spine of the movie is based on Tupac's brief romance with Ann Marie Rose, now Ann Marie Adams, who Tupac struck up a relationship with in between takes on the Juice set in Harlem, New York. Adams was a budding poet, who frequented the Brooklyn Moon cafe in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Adams was a student at Brooklyn College known for her trademark braids.

Poetic Justice reached No. 1 in the box office its opening weekend, grossing $11,728,455. It eventually grossed a total of $27,515,786. Jackson received nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, with the Billboard Hot 100 number one song, "Again". It was later referenced in Kendrick Lamar's single "Poetic Justice", which was titled after and based on the film. The song sampled Jackson's "Any Time, Any Place."

Despite mixed reviews from critics, the film is considered a cult film especially for the performances and the chemistry between Jackson and Shakur.[1]

  1. ^ "You Need To Rewatch These '90s Cult Classics". Bustle. Retrieved Oct 15, 2019.
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