Gang Related (film)
Gang Related is a neo-noir crime film
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 written and directed by Jim Kouf
Jim Kouf
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 which stars Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
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 and James Belushi
James Belushi
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. The film revolves around two corrupt detectives who attempt to frame a homeless man for the murder of undercover DEA
Drug Enforcement Administration
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 agent they themselves had killed. The film is also famous for being Tupac Shakur's last movie performance.

Plot summary

Renegade police detectives Frank Divinci (James Belushi) and Jake Rodriguez (Tupac Shakur) gun down narcotics dealer Lionel Hudd (Kool Moe Dee
Kool Moe Dee
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), after the three engage illegally in drug traffic
Illegal drug trade
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king; this is in order to recover the cocaine
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 Hudd purchased from them. When Divinci and Rodriguez find out Hudd was actually a "deep cover" DEA agent—because Hudd's partner (Gary Cole
Gary Cole
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) drops by their precinct for help sniffing out the killers—they try to frame anyone else with the murder. It doesn't help that Rodriguez has outstanding gambling debts, and that a huge man known only as "Mr. Cutlass Supreme" (Tiny Lister) is on his case for it.

After arresting numerous felons without success (because they cannot possibly link Hudd's murder to any of them), Divinci and Rodriguez arrest a homeless drunk by the name of Joe Doe (Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid
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). While Joe is still intoxicated, the detectives convince him that he shot Hudd. They even make him sign a confession.

At his first legal hearing, Joe is declared mentally unfit to stand trial (he can't even remember his own last name). The trial is postponed accordingly. At Joe's second hearing, high-profile lawyer Arthur Baylor (James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
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) attends the proceedings. Baylor reveals that his client's name is actually William Dane McCall, that Joe is actually the missing-and-presumed-dead co-heir to the financial empire of a high-status family. Baylor asks the court to grant a one-week continuance
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 so he can prepare his defense properly. The court agrees.

Divinci and Rodriguez convince local stripper Cynthia Webb (Lela Rochon
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), also Divinci's mistress
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, who was the "bait" in their trap for Hudd, to "identify" Joe in a police line-up. Afterwards, she is summoned to testify in court. She disappears for a period of time, but is finally discovered and brought in for "The People VS. William Dane McCall." She gives her rehearsed testimony against Joe, at which time Joe informs Baylor that he lived in an alley next to Cynthia's apartment. Baylor questions Cynthia until she finally confesses to knowing Joe. The fact that she knows the defendant as "Joe" and not as "William Dane McCall" shows that she had previous knowledge of the defendant, thus making her testimony for Joe being Hudd's killer to be false. She is arrested for perjury
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 while the verdict of Joe's case remains unknown.

Divinci and Rodriguez hire Manny, a bail
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 agent, to get Cynthia out of jail. They plan to kill her before she can testify. On the day she is to be "silenced," Rodriguez confesses to Divinci about feeling guilty regarding the numerous murders they've committed. Divinci suddenly suspects his partner of taping their conversation; such indeed turns out to be the case, after Divinci forcibly searches Rodriguez. Rodriguez informs Divinci that he has already confessed to the DEA regarding what they've done. Unwilling to kill Rodriguez here and now, Divinci renounces their friendship and drives off into the night. Rodriguez returns home to find his bookie, and Mr. Cutlass Supreme, waiting for him. Enraged about the preceding events, he attacks them only to be shot dead.

Cynthia, still in jail, strikes a deal with Baylor to testify against Divinci in return for her perjury case being dropped. Frank, upon hearing that Cynthia has confessed against him, breaks into her home. He shoots and wounds her. The dying Cynthia is rushed to an emergency room at the local hospital, where Dr. McCall prepares to operate on her and save her life.

Divinci makes arrangements with Manny to sneak out of the country. The driver Manny hires for Divinci turns out to be Clyde David Dunner, a murderer and arsonist...whose case was dropped because Divinci and Rodriguez, who had arrested him, stole his Magnum from the police-evidence room and used it to kill Hudd. Dunner pulls the same Magnum and shoots Frank.


Actor Role
Tupac Shakur Det. Jake Rodriguez
James Belushi Det. Frank Divinci
Lela Rochon Cynthia Webb
Dennis Quaid William McCall/Joe Doe
James Earl Jones Arthur Baylor
David Paymer
David Paymer
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Elliot Goff
Wendy Crewson
Wendy Crewson
-Life and career:Crewson was born in Hamilton, Ontario, the daughter of June Doreen and Robert Binnie Crewson. She attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where she won the prestigious Lorne Greene Award for outstanding work in the theater. She then studied at the Webber Douglas Academy...

Helen Eden
Terrence "TC" Carson
Terrence C. Carson
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Manny Landrew
Kool Moe Dee Lionel Hudd


Year Title Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds
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U.S. R&B
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1997 Gang Related
Gang Related (soundtrack)
Gang Related is a double disc audio soundtrack for the film Gang Related, released on October 7, 1997, under Priority Records. It features four songs by the supporting actor Tupac Shakur. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart....

  • Released: October 7, 1997
  • Label: Death Row
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  • US
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    : 2x Platinum

  • Dedication

    Before the credits roll, the tribute "Dedicated to Tupac Shakur (1971-1996)" appears onscreen.
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