- Breakthrough Hit: For John Singleton.
- Dawson Casting: Even though he played a 17-year-old, Cuba Gooding Jr.. was 23 at the time. He was only six and half years younger than Laurence Fishburne.
- Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Regi Green (Chris as an adult) is paraplegic in real life. His paralysis, like his character's, was the result of gun violence—he was hit by a stray bullet at the age of six.
- Enforced Method Acting: Singleton didn't tell the cast when gunshots would be fired, to ensure that the actors' reactions to the sound of gunfire would be authentic.
- Follow the Leader: This film popularized the urban crime drama.
- The studio greenlit the film in the hopes that it would be similar to Do the Right Thing.
- Reality Subtext: The movie was shot on-location in South Central L.A., which led to a lot of problems similar to the fictional ones in the movie. The dialogue had to be dubbed over in many parts due to gunshots and helicopters in the distance. There were threats of fights between the extras, and in one instance a filming location had to be changed because of threats from a member of the Bloods. The scene in question contained Doughboy, who is heavily implied to be a Crip, shooting someone who is heavily implied to be a Blood. The real life gang member claimed that he was not responsible if someone actually shot Ice Cube for portraying their gang negatively.
- Sleeper Hit: No one, not even the people at Columbia (where it was seen as a small indie-type film with no big stars), expected the film to make the impact that it did. Even facing Terminator 2: Judgment Daynote , Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, the film grossed over $50 million and got John Singleton two Academy Award nominations.
- Star-Making Role: For Ice Cube (as an actor) and Cuba Gooding Jr..
- Those Two Actors: One of many films that Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett appeared in together.
- Throw It In!: Morris Chestnut almost got his leg run over by Ice Cube's Chevy Impala during the scene where Ferris shoots his Mac-11 in the air. You can see him running to Tre's car and slipping and sliding on the street. Luckily he managed to crawl away in time, and John Singleton used the take due to its authenticity.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Check out all the late '80s/early '90s fashions, hairdos, music, video games and styles.
- What Could Have Been:
- According to John Singleton, Ice Cube's fellow N.W.A. members were to play Doughboy's friends. However, the tension that resulted from Ice Cube leaving NWA kept that from happening.
- Will Smith turned down the role of Tre due to his commitment to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
- Eddie Murphy was considered for Jason 'Furious' Styles.
- Working Title: Summer of '84.
- Write Who You Know: Many of the people portrayed in the film were based on people in John Singleton's life.
- The self-hating black police officer was based on a cop whom John Singleton encountered as a kid. Singleton felt it was critical to show this officer to show how racist black police could be towards black people.
- Singleton based Tre's childhood on his own. Singleton's father was a mortgage broker like Furious. When he was 12, Singleton moved in with his father in South Los Angeles. Like Tre, Singleton stayed out of trouble with his father's guidance and went to college.
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