Blue Hill Avenue

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Blue Hill Avenue
Blue Hill Avenue DVD.jpg
Directed by Craig Ross Jr.
Produced by Mike Erwin
Bryan Hinds
J. Max Kirishima
Written by Craig Ross Jr.
Starring Allen Payne
Angelle Brooks
Michael Taliferro
William L. Johnson
Andrew Divoff
Clarence Williams III
William Forsythe
Narrated by Allen Payne
Music by Jan Pomerans
Cruel Timothy
Lo'ren "Lo Diggs" Dagen Jr
Cinematography Carl Bartels
Edited by Craig Ross Jr.
Asiatic Associates
Cahoots Productions
Den Pictures
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release date
  • June 5, 2001 (2001-06-05) (Acapulco Black Film Festival)
  • July 13, 2003 (2003-07-13) (United States)
Running time
120 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Blue Hill Avenue is a 2001 American crime film directed and written by Craig Ross Jr., and starring Allen Payne. Ross Jr. also edited and executive produced the film.


Four friends—Tristan (the leader), Simon (the right-hand man), E-Bone (the hot head) and Money (the mediator)—are street smart kids growing up in the tough Roxbury section of Boston in the 1980s. Starting out as small-time dope dealers on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury, they eventually go to work for Benny, a major player in the Boston crime scene. As the four friends grow up and become the biggest dealers in the city, things become increasingly heated: Tristan's wife wants him to leave the business because she's pregnant, Tristan finds out his sister is hooked on drugs and is alienated from his family, Simon becomes obsessed with a near-death experience and expects to die, cops dog their tracks trying every trick in and out of the book to catch them, and Benny, their main supplier, wants them out of the business for good. Worse, it becomes clear one of the four is trying to sell the others out to the cops. In the end, Tristan faces Benny down, after losing his friends, and is able to get out of the business—and the life—for good.


Awards & nominations[edit]

2001 Acapulco Black Film Festival

  • Best U.S. Film – Blue Hill Avenue, Craig Ross Jr. (winner)

2002 Black Reel Awards

  • Best Independent Actor (Theatrical) – Allen Payne (winner)
  • Best Independent Film (Theatrical) – (nominated)

2001 Urbanworld Film Festival

  • Best Director – Craig Ross Jr. (winner)
  • Best Human On Earth – Dylon Ta-Fari Bennett (Theatrical) – (winner)


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