The film follows three young men and their time spent in the French suburban "ghetto," over a span of twenty-four hours. Vinz, a Jew, Saïd, an Arab, and Hubert, a black boxer, have grown up in these French suburbs where high levels of diversity coupled with the racist and oppressive police force have raised tensions to a critical breaking point. During the riots that took place a night before, a police officer lost his handgun in the ensuing madness, only to leave it for Vinz to find. Now, with a newfound means to gain the respect he deserves, Vinz vows to kill a cop if his friend Abdel dies in the hospital, due the beating he received while in police custody. Written by
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When the three characters are looking for Astérix (Snoopy), one of the doorbell names is Cassel. Another one is Pujol, which is the name of the assistant director, Henri Pujol
, and the first assistant director, Eric Pujol
. See more
The trip across Paris is strange : the three characters should arrive at the Saint-Lazare station(north-west of Paris), coming from ChanteloupLesVignes. Yet, when they arrive, they are in front of the Montparnasse station(south of Paris), on the Rennes street. Then, they go to Asterix place, on the boulevard Pierre Ier of Serbia, close to Iena Place (west of Paris), and when they try to catch the last train, this time they are at the Saint-Lazare station, the right one to go back. But then, when they are on the roof, they see the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero from the south-east, being probably close to Montparnasse station. Then, they come across a sculpture, L'Ecoute, in the Halles Garden(center of Paris), before going back. Hence, their trip goes : south, west, north-west, south and center of Paris. See more
Who made you a preacher? You know what's right and wrong? Why do you side with the assholes?
Who's the asshole? If you hate stayed in school, you'd know that hate breeds hate, Vinz.
Written by Mike D
(as Mike Diamond), Adam Yauch
(as A. Yauch), Adam Horovitz
(as A. Horovitz),
Mark Nishita (as M. Nishita)
Performed by The Beastie Boys
Brooklyn Dust Music / PolyGram International Publishing
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects
© 1994 Capitol Records Inc. See more