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Crooklyn (1994)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  13 May 1994 (USA)
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From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.

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Woody Carmichael
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Tony Eyes / Jim
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Clem
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Storyline

From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »

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13 May 1994 (USA)  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,640,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The film is loosely based on lives of Spike Lee and his siblings (who co-wrote the script). See more »

Goofs

In the store, Troy buys a bag of chips, lemon heads, bazooka gum, licorice, fireballs and Boston baked beans. When she gets home all of the boys pull out all of the candy from the bag and Troy is seen eating a candy necklace, obviously something she did not buy. See more »

Quotes

Carolyn Carmichael: Wendell, PLEASE close your mouth when you chew!
Wendell: Why can't you let me eat in peace for once?
Carolyn Carmichael: Because you disturbing the peace! You eat like a pig and chew like a cow!
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The closing credits play over old footage of several episodes of "Soul Train". See more »

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On the verge of classic
1 May 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This was the first movie done by Spike Lee that I have ever seen, and I saw this movie by accident. Out of all of his films, why is this one of the least known? It is worth seeing, because so many things work. It's definitely one of the most thematic movies I have ever seen, and I can definitely relate to many of Spike Lee's memories. It is sad, but it is also hopeful. Alfre Woodard was awesome, and I definitely think that she is one of the best unrecognized actresses in the US today. Delroy Lindo played his character well too. The relationship between Troy and her brothers was especially memorable and so universal! The best scenes in the movie showcase the children in front of the television. This movie was on the verge of greatness but it didn't capture it just because some parts of the movie were melodramatic and drawn out. The movie itself was about 15 minutes too long.


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