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Encyclopedia > Biker Boyz
Bikr Boyz
Directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood
Produced by Stephanie Allain
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Erwin Stoff
Written by Craig Fernandez
Reggie Rock Bythewood
Starring Laurence Fishburne
Djimon Hounsou
Derek Luke
Orlando Jones
Lisa Bonet
Music by Camara Kambon
Cinematography Greg Gardiner
Editing by Caroline Ross
Terilyn A. Shropshire
Distributed by Dreamworks
Release date(s) 2003
Running time 110 min.
IMDb profile

Biker Boyz is a 2003 film about a predominantly African-American group of underground motorcycle racers. It stars Laurence Fishburne, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Luke, Meagan Good, and Larenz Tate and is directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood. It also features Lisa Bonet, Orlando Jones, Kid Rock and Vanessa Bell Calloway. The film was largely marketed as an action film despite the fact that it was not intended to be one. It was written and directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Reggie Rock Bythewood is a film director and writer, with credits such as the writer for Spike Lees Get on the Bus, and the writer/director for Biker Boyz starring Derek Luke and Laurence Fishburne. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gina-Prince Bythewood is a film director and writer. ... Erwin Stoff (b. ... Laurence Fishburne III (b. ... Djimon Gaston Hounsou (born April 24, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated Beninese actor, dancer and fashion model. ... Derek Luke (born April 24, 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American actor. ... Orlando Jones (born April 10, 1968) is an American comedian and film and television actor. ... Lisa Michelle Boney (born November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet (IPA: ), is an American actress. ... Terilyn A. Shropshire is an award-winning motion picture and television editor. ... This article is about the film studio. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... A variety of parked motorcycles A motorcycle or motorbike is a single-track, two-wheeled motor vehicle powered by an engine. ... Laurence Fishburne III (b. ... Djimon Gaston Hounsou (born April 24, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated Beninese actor, dancer and fashion model. ... Derek Luke (born April 24, 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American actor. ... Meagan Good (born August 8, 1981) is an American actress, whom has appeared in many films, such as Eves Bayou, You Got Served ,Waist Deepand also in her latest hit movie Stomp The Yard. ... Larenz Tate (born September 8, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Reggie Rock Bythewood is a film director and writer, with credits such as the writer for Spike Lees Get on the Bus, and the writer/director for Biker Boyz starring Derek Luke and Laurence Fishburne. ... Lisa Michelle Boney (born November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet (IPA: ), is an American actress. ... Orlando Jones (born April 10, 1968) is an American comedian and film and television actor. ... Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), best known as Kid Rock, is an American rapper, singer and rock musician most notable for his albums Devil Without a Cause and Cocky and his hit singles Bawitdaba and Picture. ... Vanessa Bell Calloway (born Vanessa Bell on March 20, 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is an African-American actress. ... Reggie Rock Bythewood is a film director and writer, with credits such as the writer for Spike Lees Get on the Bus, and the writer/director for Biker Boyz starring Derek Luke and Laurence Fishburne. ...

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Plot Summary

In the world of underground motorcycle clubs, the undefeated racer known as Smoke (Laurence Fishburne) is the undisputed "King of Cali." But Smoke's dominance of the set is about to be threatened by a young motorcycle racing prodigy called Kid (Derek Luke), who is determined to win Smoke's helmet and earn the coveted title. Laurence Fishburne III (b. ... Derek Luke (born April 24, 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American actor. ...


Cast

Laurence Fishburne .... Smoke
Derek Luke .... Kid
Orlando Jones .... Soul Train
Djimon Hounsou .... Motherland
Lisa Bonet .... Queenie
Brendan Fehr .... Stuntman
Larenz Tate .... Wood
Kid Rock .... Dogg
Rick Gonzalez .... Primo
Meagan Good .... Tina
Salli Richardson .... Half & Half (as Salli Richardson-Whitfield)
Vanessa Bell Calloway .... Anita
Dante Basco .... Philly
Dion Basco .... Flip
Tyson Beckford .... Donny
Eriq La Salle ....Slick Will
Laurence Fishburne III (b. ... Derek Luke (born April 24, 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American actor. ... Orlando Jones (born April 10, 1968) is an American comedian and film and television actor. ... Djimon Gaston Hounsou (born April 24, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated Beninese actor, dancer and fashion model. ... Lisa Michelle Boney (born November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet (IPA: ), is an American actress. ... Brendan Jacob Joel Fehr (born October 29, 1977) is a Canadian actor. ... Larenz Tate (born September 8, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), best known as Kid Rock, is an American rapper, singer and rock musician most notable for his albums Devil Without a Cause and Cocky and his hit singles Bawitdaba and Picture. ... Rick Gonzalez (born June 30, 1979 in New York City) is an American actor. ... Meagan Good (born August 8, 1981) is an American actress, whom has appeared in many films, such as Eves Bayou, You Got Served ,Waist Deepand also in her latest hit movie Stomp The Yard. ... Salli Elise Richardson-Whitfield (born November 23, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American movie actress. ... Vanessa Bell Calloway (born Vanessa Bell on March 20, 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is an African-American actress. ... Dante Basco (sometimes Danté Basco) (born August 29, 1975) is an American actor. ... Dion Basco (January 29, 1977, Pittsburg, California) is an American film and television actor of Filipino heritage. ... Tyson Craig Beckford (born December 19, 1970 in Bronx, New York) is an American supermodel and actor, known worldwide for his muscular physique, facial structure, and tattoos; and also as the lead model for Ralph Lauren. ... Eriq La Salle (born July 23, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American actor and director, best known for his portrayals of Darryl in the 1988 comedy film Coming to America and Dr. Peter Benton during the first eight seasons of the NBC drama series ER. Eriq La Salle directed...


Synopsis

Kid says that the difference between men and boys are the lessons they learn- and that his father, Slick Will, taught him plenty. Kid's mother, Anita, is left a single mother after Kid's father dies at the beginning of the movie. A challenger for Smokes crown crashes, sending a bike hurtling into Kid's father- Smoke's mechanic, Slick Will. Six months after the funeral of Kid's father, he decides to take up racing on the underground circuit without his mother's knowledge. The movie timeline is a bit unclear here as Kid later tells his mother that he has been racing for six months. As only a couple of weeks appear to have passed from the six month jump it would seem to imply that he started racing almost immediately after Slick Will's funeral.


His first "race" was when he interfered with Stuntman's race with Donny. As he interrupts the race, he pulls off several stunts, notably standing on top of the motocycle while it is still moving. He wins the race and the crowd seem to like his stunts, much to the dissatisfaction of Smoke. Kid demands to race with Smoke but Smoke says he is too inexperienced and should get experience first. It is later revealed that Kid and Stuntman were hustling in that race.


Kid then goes to a diner where he meets fellow hustler Stuntman. Fellow biker Primo tells them to create a biker gang, and after a bit of persuasion they agree, calling themselves the "Biker Boyz."


Kid is set to race Motherland to prove he is good enough to race Smoke. However he has showed up late to "make an entrance" after Smoke has beaten Dogg. Kid is arrested when racing Motherland. His mother forbids him to race again.


Kid is "called out" to race Dogg and he accepts. However Smoke is dramatically told before the race by Anita that Kid is actually his son, not Slick Will's. Smoke successfully stops the race telling Kid it is too dangerous. This however only leads to a fight between the two from which Kid comes off considerably worse than Smoke. Kid is then told Smoke is his father, and leaves home.


Kid decides to turn renegade and after gaining quite a few more followers for his club, announces that "we're gonna win more lids than any crew on the set and we're gonna out hustle every crew off the set" and indicates that from that point on, "Biker Boyz set their own rules." At this point the biker boyz get their own hangout and begin hustling several races, but when they go to the wrong part of town and Stuntman successfully hustles the nephew of a respected biker, Stuntman and Primo are ambushed at the next party. Kid comes to the rescue but is quickly over-powered as the leader of the other gang pulls a gun on him.


Smoke and some of the other Black Knights intervene and convince the other biker to stand down. Smoke takes Kid inside and sits down to give him a stern talking to, but Kid shrugs it off angrily. It is at this point that Smoke agrees to race Kid. However, whoever loses will never race again. But first Kid has to race Dogg. Dogg runs Kidd off the track, wrecking his bike. Later that night Dog lends him his bike as he felt the accident was his fault.


Smoke and Kid are racing on a farm with open fields. With the finish line in sight, it is obvious that Smoke will win. However filled with emotions, he decides to slow down and let his son win the race, becoming the new "King of Cali." Kid tells Smoke to hang onto his crown for a while, and that he'll come and get it someday. Kid rides off, repeating his sentiment that the difference between men and boys are the lessons they learn- and that his father, Smoke, taught him plenty.


Featured motorcycles

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Trivia

  • Laurence Fishburne, Orlando Jones and Kid Rock are all avid bikers in real life.[1]
  • The real "King Of Cali" made a cameo appearance in the film, in the bikini wash scene.[1]
  • Slick Will really doesn't blink as the bike hits him, as Soul Train states.
  • Actual motorcycle clubs were onset as Technical Advisors, and performed some of the stunts.[1]
  • The film's uninterrupted opening tracking shot has received notable attention from movie enthusiasts in the years since its release.

In motion picture terminology, a tracking shot is the same as a dolly shot or a trucking shot--the camera is mounted on a wheeled platform that is pushed on rails while the picture is being taken. ...

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c These facts can be verified with the DVD's bonus features.

  Results from FactBites:
 
"Biker Boyz" - Salon (1021 words)
There's some suggestion, no doubt encouraged by its producers, that "Biker Boyz" is a motorcycle version of "The Fast and the Furious." It's not.
In "Biker Boyz" the stunts, not to mention the editing -- the only thing that's going to make a racing movie exciting to someone who can't tell a carburetor from a cam shaft -- just aren't that good.
The subtext of "Biker Boyz" is that all these fast motorcycle riders are just the same as any other morally upright American citizen.
OnWisconsin Live Movies: Biker Boyz (457 words)
But "Boyz" couldn't be more different from the 2001 hit "Fast." "Fast" put its emphasis on non-stop action, with the plot something of an afterthought; "Boyz" switches its gears back and forth between story and action.
Shot and edited in typical rapid-fire MTV style, "Biker Boyz" is both arresting and dizzying to sit through.
What sets "Boyz" apart from "The Fast and the Furious" is that the latter quietly broke new ground by featuring a multicultural cast and reinvigorated the action movie genre.
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