6.7/10
2,354
17 user 8 critic

New Jersey Drive (1995)

R | | Crime, Drama | 19 April 1995 (USA)
Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favourite pastime is that of everybody in their ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

South Central (1992)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man is sent to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop crime but his son has now followed the criminal path of his father.

Director: Stephen Milburn Anderson
Stars: Byron Minns, Glenn Plummer, Lexie Bigham
In Too Deep (1999)
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Jeff Cole is a recent graduate of the Cincinnati police academy who dreams of working undercover. His wish is granted and through success is given the task of taking down state-wide crack ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rymer
Stars: Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Nia Long
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker
Paid in Full (2002)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience.

Director: Charles Stone III
Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, Chi McBride
Strapped (TV Movie 1993)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Ex-con attempting to go straight runs accross serious problems. His girlfriend gets arrested for dealing crack to an undercover police officer. In a desperate attempt to get the charges ... See full summary »

Director: Forest Whitaker
Stars: William James Stiggers Jr., Chi Ali, Bokeem Woodbine
Belly (1998)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A pair of violent Men have spiritual awakenings.

Director: Hype Williams
Stars: Nas, DMX, Taral Hicks
Sugar Hill (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A drug dealer tries to get out of the life and start anew with his girlfriend, but the transition is tragically difficult.

Director: Leon Ichaso
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Michael Wright, Khandi Alexander
Fresh (1994)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Death and violence anger a 12-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.

Director: Boaz Yakin
Stars: Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson
Above the Rim (1994)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.

Director: Jeff Pollack
Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon
New Jack City (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport
Baby Boy (2001)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years, even though he's got a child of his own. Romantically, he's having ... See full summary »

Director: John Singleton
Stars: AlexSandra Wright, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jason Petty (as Sharron Corley)
...
...
...
Andre Moore ...
...
Tiny Dime (as Donald Adeosun Faison)
Conrad Meertins Jr. ...
Devin Eggleston ...
Jamal
Koran C. Thomas ...
Michele Morgan ...
Coreen
Samantha Brown ...
Jackie Petty
...
Prosecutor
Robert Jason Jackson ...
Lionel Gentry
...
...
Bo-Kane (as Dwight Errington Myers)
Edit

Storyline

Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favourite pastime is that of everybody in their neighbourhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts when they steal a police car and the cops launch a violent offensive that involves beating and even shooting suspects. Written by Robert Zeithammel <zeit@cip.physik.uni-muenchen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The only things that matters is the ride.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language and some violence, drugs and drinking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mafia de New Jersey  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,565,508 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A lot of the cast also appeared in the TV show New York Undercover. See more »

Goofs

When P-Nut an Tiny Dime steal the black Honda the boom mic and a crew member are reflected on the drivers side door. See more »

Quotes

Midget: You done called backup on us, huh, bitch?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

All About My Fetti
Written by Khayree Shaheed (as K. Shaheed), Ray Luv (as R. Tyson), Mac Mall (as J. Rocker) and Young Lay
Performed by Young Lay Featuring Ray Luv and Mac Mall
Produced by Khayree Shaheed
Courtesy of Young Black Brotha Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bad boys, bad cops, decent movie
5 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie brings to mind "Boys 'n the Hood," "Menace to Society," "South Central" and others of its ilk and even shares actors with some of them. The film's "us vs. the law" mentality is underscored by the all-black neighborhood vs. the nearly all-white police force. Here the cops are so bad they seem like caricatures and in one scene they even ambush the boys as they drive by in a car they've just "liberated" from its owner. It's like a bushwhacking from an old Western, but the contemporary setting makes it look all too real.

The story centers on young Jason Petty and his buddies, to whom school is just an inconvenience that takes time away from their "real occupation" of boosting cars. This happens to be Newark, N.J., a rust-belt city low on jobs but notoriously high on crime. In fact the problem is so severe that the cops all have "Car Theft" written on their backs, to show that an entire unit must be devoted to this particular crime.

The boys use a "slim Jim" to gleefully break into cars and go joy-riding, as if it's no big deal. They only run into real trouble when the police ambush them. The vicious, Nazi-like Lt. has a vendetta against the boys, seeing them not as human beings who might be worthy of redemption, but as human targets. In fact, he's a little reminiscent of that sadistic Nazi officer of the Warsaw ghetto, who shot down Jews for pleasure in the film "Schindler's List." When the boys steal a police car in retribution for the ambush, things predictably go downhill fast. They are severely beaten by the cops and Jason finally ends up in prison. Clearly these are "bad boys," who'd steal your car in a minute, but the film wants us to see them as anti-heroes, showing Jason protecting his sister and his friend taking care of his own grandmother. The film left us wondering whose side to take and who to feel sadder for: the boys whose lives are going down the drain, the honest citizens whose cars are being stolen left and right and who could be caught in the crossfire of a shootout at any moment or the city of Newark itself, the spirit of whose law is being betrayed by brutal, soul-dead cops.

In spite of the over-the-top portrayal of the latter, the film offers a realistic-looking rendering of the ghetto, of the protagonists and their families and of the culture of car theft in a city where there appears to be only 2 career paths - law enforcement and crime. Strangely, the entire subject of drugs is never mentioned.

The filmmakers (including producer Spike Lee) are obviously biased against the Newark police, who, we hope, are not as bad they are portrayed here. Nevertheless, they've given us yet another a strong, affecting story about the inner city and black youth gone awry and Sharron Corley is fine as Jason.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page