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Juice is a 1992 American crime drama film directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gerard Brown. It stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast members include Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins, Khalil Kain, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The film touches on the lives of four youths growing up in Harlem. It follows the day-to-day activities in the young men's lives starting out as innocent mischief but growing more serious as time passes by. It also focuses on the struggles that these young men must go through everyday as well such as police harassment and their families.


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  • Asshole Victim:
    • Radames!
    • Bishop.
  • Ax-Crazy: Bishop, as the film reaches its climax.
  • Big Bad: Gradually, Bishop.
  • Crapsack World: The film's setting being in Harlem, NY.
  • Disney Villain Death: Bishop meets his end by falling off the side of a high-rise building.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Bishop boasts on, about tiring of the harassment by police, gangs, and a local bodega owner.
  • Foil: Highlighted in an argument between Bishop and Q. While Bishop wants to gain respect through fear so that no one will mess with him, Q wants to earn respect legitimately (presumably through other passions like DJing).
  • Freudian Excuse: It's heavily implied that the experiences that Bishop's father had in prison affected his overall outlook.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Bishop falls into the trope on certain occasions.
  • The Heart: It's clear that Raheem is the level-headed leader who holds the group together. After his death, the tensions between the group escalate.
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  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Bishop was originally just a Chaotic Neutral who was tired of constantly being harassed, who eventually loses it as he kills a store owner, his best friend, and nearly kills one of his other closest friends.
  • Le Parkour: Bishop and Q successfully evade the cops doing this, leaving said cops dumbfounded.
  • Lethal Chef: Steel.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Q nor Steel can't tell anyone that it was Bishop who killed Raheem, unless they wants to be the next victims.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Played With. Bishop tends to act extremely cocky when he knows his friends will back him up. Later in the film, when Q and Steel decline helping him, he fights them off and shoots Radames in an ally.
  • Never My Fault: Bishop blames Raheem, for trying to take the gun away from him, resulting in the latter being killed by Bishop with it.
  • Only Sane Man: Quincy.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Raheem seems more concerned that killing Quiles wasn't part of the plan rather than the fact that they murdered someone.
  • Revealing Hug: During Raheem's funeral, Bishop talks to his dead friend's mother and lets her cry on his shoulders. While this is happening, Bishop gives a cold and arrogant stare to Q, because Q knows that Bishop killed Raheem and threatened to kill him and his friends if he told. Q stares back, realizing what a monster Bishop is.
  • Skipping School: It's the four friends' regular pastime.
  • The Sociopath: Bishop.
  • Wham Line: "I am crazy, and I don't give a fuck."
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Q invokes this trope at Bishop, who corners him in a crowded elevator.
    Q: Fuck you gonna do, shoot me in an elevator?

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