Cut Throat City, the “ambitious, messy, sprawling and bullet-riddled crime epic” (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times), set in the Crescent City, has topped the Netflix charts hours after its debut on Netflix. The film, the third effort from recording artist, composer and rapper RZA, was released last summer to critical and audience acclaim and is mounting a dark horse, renegade #FYC Awards campaign to support the Netflix streaming of the film.
Opening on a gritty graphic novel animation, Cut Throat City finds four boyhood friends return to NOLA’s Lower Ninth Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As FEMA fails to provide aid to their wracked community, they reluctantly turn to a local gangster for help. When that job goes horribly awry, they must outrun–and outsmart—a system rife with corruption and filled with both malevolent and colorful characters.
Directed by RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists) and written by P.G. Cuschieri (“The Undercovers”), Cut Throat City features a powerhouse cast, including Shameik Moore (Dope, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Tip “T.I.” Harris (Ant-Man franchise), Demetrius Shipp Jr. (All American) and Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”), along with Wesley Snipes (Blade, New Jack City), Academy Award® nominee Terrence Howard (Best Actor, Hustle & Flow, 2005), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver) and four-time Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke (Best Supporting Actor: Training Day, 2001, Boyhood, 2014; Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Before Sunset, 2004, Before Midnight, 2013). Denzel Whitaker (Black Panther), Keean Johnson (Midway), Isaiah Washington (“The 100”), Joel David Moore (Avatar) and Sam Daly (“Hunters,” “The Office”) also play supporting roles. CUT THROAT CITY was produced by RZA, William Clevinger, p.g.a.; Elliott Michael Smith p.g.a. & Sean Lydiard, p.g.a. of Rumble Riot Pictures;, Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures; and Kyle Tekiela.
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