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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

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The rap group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.


F. Gary Gray


Jonathan Herman (screenplay), Andrea Berloff (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 28 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Ice Cube
Corey Hawkins ... Dr. Dre
Jason Mitchell ... Eazy-E
Neil Brown Jr. ... DJ Yella
Aldis Hodge ... MC Ren
Marlon Yates Jr. ... D.O.C.
R. Marcos Taylor ... Suge Knight (as R. Marcus Taylor)
Carra Patterson ... Tomica
Alexandra Shipp ... Kim
Paul Giamatti ... Jerry Heller
Elena Goode ... Nicole
Keith Powers ... Tyree
Joshua Brockington ... Young Warren G
Sheldon A. Smith ... Warren G
LaKeith Stanfield ... Snoop (as Lakeith Lee Stanfield)


In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today. Written by Universal Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The world's most dangerous times created the world's most dangerous group See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

14 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Straight Outta Compton See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,200,180, 16 August 2015

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the success of the movie, the film has not been screened in Compton. Because the city doesn't have a cinema. See more »


On the unrated director's cut; when Dre Dr. Dre talks to one of his homies in the car about not getting anything done in the new studio - from behind the background is a traffic barrier (blocking off the street for filming) with modern day cars passing by along with a present day police vehicle. See more »


Suge Knight: [Dre meets up with Suge in the hospital to visit The D.O.C. who had just been in a car accident] DOC shouldn't even be alive. Got thrown out of a car, hit a tree.
Dr. Dre: Is he paralyzed?
Suge Knight: Nah. But his throat got crushed. He could lose his career over this. Where your people? Where Eazy and Jerry?
Dr. Dre: How the fuck should I know?
Suge Knight: Come here.
[in the hallway]
Suge Knight: What you know about Jerry? What you think about him?
Dr. Dre: He all right. I guess.
Suge Knight: What about your paperwork? You cool with that?
Dr. Dre: [pause] I think.
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Crazy Credits

The only opening credits are graffiti writings of the main characters and their actors. See more »


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Just Another Day
Written by Game (as Jayceon Terrell), Stat Quo, Asia Bryant
Performed by Game (as The Game) feat. Asia Bryant (as Asia)
Courtesy of Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Fang Jai Viangjan"
Written & Performed by Thepporn Petchubon
Courtesy of Soundway Records Ltd/Kartel Music Ltd
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User Reviews

If nothing else, Straight Outta Compton is entertaining to say the least.
13 August 2015 | by trublu215See all my reviews

Straight Outta Compton tells the the story of the most influential group in hip-hop and rap, that group being N.W.A or as Eazy-E so gracefully puts it N****s With Attitudes. Directed by F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton is, without a doubt, his best work behind the camera. However, by traditional standards, that isn't saying much. Gray is no stranger to N.W.A, Ice Cube or Dr. Dre having directed numerous music videos featuring their music. While the film is a very nice "fairy tale" telling of a story filled with tension, violence and rage, it lacks the balls to tell the actual story. Instead, the film picks and chooses what to tell and what to leave out, very strategically as well considering the film is two and a half hours plus. Starting with the streets of Compton, we are introduced to each character with a bang. Each of them getting their own introduction as if they were folk heroes or something, whether it is petty crime or writing rap lyrics, the film shows these characters with a sense of heroism to them no matter what they're doing. The best performance out of the group would have to be Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre. Hawkins delivers in every scene he's in, making it a true standout performance among actors that sometimes feel like they're in over their heads, more specifically Jason Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E. Mitchell feels more like a caricature of the late rapper rather than an actual actor portraying a real life counterpart. The film moves quickly enough and focuses long and hard on all of the partying, the women, the guns and the drugs, so much so that you start to wonder whether the film is a N.W.A music video tribute. Despite the falsehoods, the glorification and the shaky performances, Straight Outta Compton works well as an entertaining film. The only downside of this film is its haphazard statement on Police Brutality. While that is as prevalent as a topic can get for a film from 2015 about N.W.A, that was not the highlight of the group. The highlight of the group was the fight against the censors. A fight that they won, obviously. Despite that truth, the film wallows in trying to be a message about police brutality rather than a film about these men, their flaws and their triumphs, their ups and their downs. Unfortunately, it leaves us knowing nothing new about these people and at two and a half hours, we should leave this film knowing every little detail about them. Instead, we're left wanting more out of them. Overall, Straight Outta Compton ends up being an entertaining film about some of America's favorite rap artists instead of an important one.

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