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Crooklyn 1994 PG-13 CC

Make yourself at home with the Carmichaels (Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo) as they raise their kids in difficult, but often wonderful, circumstances in their close-knit Brooklyn neighborhood.

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Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo
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1 hour, 54 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Spike Lee
Starring Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo
Supporting actors David Patrick Kelly, Zelda Harris, Carlton Williams, Sharif Rashed, Tse-Mach Washington, Christopher Knowings, José Zúñiga, Isaiah Washington, Ivelka Reyes, Spike Lee, N. Jeremi Duru, Frances Foster, Norman Matlock, Patriece Nelson, Joie Lee, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Manny Perez, Tiasha Reyes
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Peanut on October 27, 2004
Format: DVD
I saw this movie for the first time 10 years ago with my family and fell in love with it. I was however like 9 so I decided to watch it again to see if I still liked it and I must say that this is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It reminds me so much of my own personal life it was scary. All these people who didnt like the movie are too focused on the unimportant facts of a movie and not looking at the movie itself. It has alot of truths in it and I think it is well worth th time and money to explore it and figure out where it parallels your life.
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Being a huge Spike Lee fan, it means much when I say that "Crooklyn" ranks very high, just beneath "Do The Right Thing" and "Malcolm X". Naturally, this coming-of-age family comedy set in Brooklyn during the 70's obviously has a strong autobiographical slant to it (the screenplay was written by Spike and two of his siblings, the story itself was credited solely to his sister, Joie), but if you've read Spike's out-of-print diary of the making of his first film "She's Gotta Have It", then you get an even stronger idea of how personal this film is to Spike; the Clinton character is obviously molded after him. The acting, cinematography, cultural references, music and acting are all superior. Most creative was the debut of Spike's "slimmed-in" cinematography during the Virginia sequence, which would soon become a Spike Lee trademark. Fans of Delroy Lindo who haven't seen this film will be surprised with his gentle & sensitive performance.
I'll tell you why this film has such a profound impact on me. I, like many others, have seen hundreds of films set in different times, places, etc. But very few films have been able to transport me back to another time & place as effectively as "Crooklyn". For the duration of the film, I really feel as if I'm enjoying an intimate portrait of a working-class black family in Brooklyn during the 1970's, it's like I'm right there. The irony is, I'm a middle-class white boy from Chicago who was born in 1974. This film is a grand artistic & personal triumph for Spike Lee.
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"Crooklyn" is a nostalgic story of the ups and downs of an African-American family living in 1970's Brooklyn . It is probably the second best movie that director, Spike Lee has ever made. Lee's best was the classic 80's flick "Do the Right Thing".But while "Do the Right Thing" was about ethnic tensions, racism and strife, "Crooklyn" is a film about love.In the movie we meet the Carmichael family. They yell, scream, call each names, even get into physical fights.But it is very evident, that love is very strong among this large brood.Dad (well played by Delroy Lindo) is a musician who is trying to create some honest music thats important to him. Mom (fabulously played by Alfre Woodard) is pulling her hair out, trying to keep this inner city family's finances above water, while trying to stop the kids from killing each other.But the film really centers on 9 year old Troy (Zelda Harris) who shows us the ins and outs of her family life and the close Brooklyn neighborhood that she is growing up in. Juvenile actress, Zelda Harris gives us an amazing starring performance that is totally believable. The movie is pretty much autobiographical (Lee wrote it with his sister Joie)and it richly lays on the 1970s nostalgia with cultural references among other things to "Soul Train", the "Patridge Family", Walt Fraiser, and baseball stategamatic.The film also has a wonderful soundtrack which is packed with '70s R&B and pop music from groups like the Jackson 5, the Spinners, Curtis Mayfield, the Staple Singers and Sly and the Family Stone.In fact, my favorite part of this movie is the opening credit sequence, where you hear Marc Dorsey's "People Make the World Go Round", while the film shows us the neighborhood's children playing various sidewalk, kids games.Between Soccer practice and video games, do kids even do this anymore? I just love this movie and I highly recommend it!
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Spike Lee's films are all masterpieces, but this one is a personal favorite of mine. It captures a rich and deeply layered story of one family in a moment in time in a specific place, Brooklyn. The characters (and the actors that portray them) are spectacular and brilliant and the moment of epiphany will have you in tears. A must see in the Lee in canon.
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Growing up in the '70's in Oakland, CA , this was my childhood. The music, the neighbors, children playing on the block together all day and working out their own social dilemmas and hierarchy. Fighting with my sisters over the ONE television in the house. Our mother losing her mind in the middle of the night because we did not completely clean the kitchen. Zelda Harris who plays Troy is a wonder. What a remarkable young girl to take on such a role. I loved her from the start and I love this movie.
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By Barbie Doll on November 29, 2015
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What a wonderful family movie! Alfre Woodward is one of my favorite actresses. If you also purchase this DVD, please don't think it's defective when the family takes Troy down south for a stay and the whole time she's there staying with relatives. The screen will be stretched vertically, but it's supposed to be that way during Troy's stay in the south. Troy is the only girl in her family and has four brothers. They live in an apartment building in Brooklyn. It's a coming of age story mainly about Troy and she is forced to grow-up much faster than normally.
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