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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Cast

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Woody Carmichael
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Tony Eyes / Jim
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Troy
Carlton Williams ...
Clinton
Sharif Rashed ...
Wendell
Tse-Mach Washington ...
Joseph
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Nate
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Tommy La La
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Vic
Ivelka Reyes ...
Jessica
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Snuffy
N. Jeremi Duru ...
Right Hand Man
Frances Foster ...
Aunt Song
Norman Matlock ...
Clem
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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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Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »

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13 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Круклин  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,640,000 (USA)
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Trivia

After the years of hard work and controversy surrounding Malcolm X (1992), Spike Lee wanted to a make a film with a smaller scale and lighter tone which led him to this project. 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

Woody Carmichael: You're a big saint around here and I ain't shit, is that it?
Carolyn Carmichael: You can call yourself what you want to. I just asked you to write down the check!
Woody Carmichael: I wrote the check, right?
[Woody sits back down at the piano]
Woody Carmichael: I wrote the stupid thing.
[He gets up some music charts]
Carolyn Carmichael: I think you can do two things at once: make music and write.
Woody Carmichael: [Writing] Woody... wrote... a... bum... check.
[Gives her the sheet]
Woody Carmichael: Here.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits play over old footage of several episodes of "Soul Train". See more »

Connections

Features Soul Train (1971) See more »

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Everybody Is A Star
Written by Sylvester Stewart
Performed by Sly and the Family Stone
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one of Lee's best
19 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Crooklyn is an engaging film that stands out in Spike Lee's filmography, not only for Lee's seamless storying of everyday life in 70's Brooklyn, but also because of his interesting and innovative cinematic imagery. The cinematography Lee employs in Crooklyn helps to create fantastic -sometimes even cartoon-like- environments in which his characters spring to life and thrive. His dollying techniques (placing actors on dollies), lens choice, and manipulation of color conspire to add special characteristics to this film. This is a great film to watch not only for Lee's ability to highlight the beauty of the quotidian in his storytelling, but also for the aesthetic qualities that Lee produces with his rich filmic vocabulary.


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