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Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep... See more » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Charles Burnett 
 
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Charles Burnett 

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Charles Burnett .... producer
 
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Charles Burnett 
 
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Charles Burnett 
 
Sound Department
Willie Bell .... assistant sound
Charles Bracy .... sound
Andy Burnett .... assistant sound
Larry Clark .... assistant sound
Christine Penick .... assistant sound
 
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Kathy Thomson .... digital intermediate colorist
 
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François Vila .... press agent
 

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83 min
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Burnett encountered actor Henry G. Sanders in the elevator of the building where he worked. He immediately asked him to do a screen test for the film, because he found he had an unusual face.See more »
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Continuity: After Stan and his friend load the engine block on the truck, they drive away and it falls out, and a car is then seen parked along the curb. The car was not there when they carried the engine out.See more »
Quotes:
Man:[first lines]
Man:[to his older son] You let anyone jump on your brother again, and you just stand and watch - boy, I'll beat you to death! I don't care who started what, or whether he was winnin' or losin'; well, you get a thick oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, a goddam brick, get *anything*, and you knock the shit out of whoever fightin' your brother! 'Cause if anything was to happen to me or your mother, you ain't got nobody except your brother. And this goes for him, too - and he knows! You're the one that keep comin' up with this off-the-wall bullshit about "Henry started it".
Man:[he coughs harshly]
Man:Now if the, if the son of a bitch is too big for you, you come get me... You are not a child anymore. You soon will be a goddam *man*. Now, start learnin' what life is about *now*, son.
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74 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece, 23 August 2000
Author: tvspace from hiding under my seat

Raw American Poetry. Killer of Sheep takes the immediacy of Italian neo-Realist cinema and shapes it into a dreamy, beautiful montage of everyday life in Watts, Los Angeles, California, in the 1970s.

The revelations, in the year 2000, are surprising: black kids in the middle of the Ghetto acted up and goofed off exactly the same as white kids in small towns across the midwest...but not like black OR white kids today. The folks in this movie have an innocence about them that survives, along with their dignity, regardless of the social decay around them. You are left with a simple fact: these are still country people, who happen to be living in a city.

For anyone, like me, who grew up in the 1970s, the movie aches with a sense of a lost era, when being a kid meant building forts out of left-over construction materials, throwing dirt clods, and laying down big fat skidmarks with your bicycle.

And all this is just the subplot. The main storyline, of a slaughterhouse-working father trying to run a stable family in the midst of urban decay, is simple, understated, and powerful. The musical sequences inside the slaughterhouse rival Kubrick's ability to juxtapose music and image in a manner that creates infinite levels of meaning and irony. You can only sit with your mouth half agape and think, 'aaah.'

Like La Jetee, this is a movie that will allow you to see life anew, with children's eyes. Never pass up a chance to see it.

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