Back in the Day (2005 film)

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Back in the Day
Back in the Day 2005.jpg
Directed byJames Hunter
Produced byKip Konwiser, Stephen Baldwin
Donald A. Barton Van Burrows
Written byJames Hunter
Michael Raffanello
StarringJa Rule
Ving Rhames
Music byRobert Folk
CinematographyDonald M. Morgan
Edited byChris Holmes
Distributed byFirst Look Home Entertainment
Release date
  • May 24, 2005 (2005-05-24)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States

Back in the Day is a 2005 crime drama starring Ja Rule and Ving Rhames and directed by James Hunter. The film was introduced on May 15, 2004 at the Cannes Film Festival and was released a year later in the U.S. on May 24, 2005.


Reggie Cooper (Ja Rule) is a young man who lives with his father (Giancarlo Esposito) in order to avoid the violent gang activity that almost claimed his life when he was a teenager. However, when his recently paroled mentor, J-Bone (Ving Rhames) reconnects with Reggie, and when his father is murdered, Reggie slips back into a life of crime. Reggie murders a local preacher (Joe Morton), whose daughter (Tatyana Ali) later develops a relationship with him.


Actor Role
Ja Rule Reggie Cooper
Ving Rhames Joseph "J-Bone" Brown
Tatyana Ali Alicia Packer
Giancarlo Esposito Benson Cooper
Joe Morton Rev. James Packer
Pam Grier Mrs. Cooper
Frank Langella Lt. Bill Hudson
Lahmard Tate Jamal
Tia Carrere Loot
Al Sapienza Det. Kline
Davetta Sherwood Tasha

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