(The Root) — It’s been 20 years since Allen and Albert Hughes’ directorial debut, Menace II Society, premiered in theaters across America. Hailed by Roger Ebert as “powerful” and “impressive,” the 1993 film dives into the complexities of street violence in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood.
At this point, if you’re a fan, you’ve seen the movie dozens of times and know all the lines. But here, we’ve trolled the Web for some tidbits of knowledge to give you a fresh look at the film on its anniversary. Take a look at 15 facts and pop culture references to Menace II Society. (And if you’re wondering what the cast has been up to, catch up with Caine, O-Dog and the rest of the crew here.)
1. The Hughes Brothers Started Off as Music-Video Directors