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Crooklyn (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 13 May 1994 (USA)
Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Woody
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Tony Eyes / Jim
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Troy
Carlton Williams ...
Clinton
Sharif Rashed ...
Wendell
Tse-Mach Washington ...
Joseph
Christopher Knowings ...
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Tommy La La (as José Zuniga)
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Vic
Ivelka Reyes ...
Jessica
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N. Jeremi Duru ...
Frances Foster ...
Aunt Song
Norman Matlock ...
Clem
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Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.

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Genres:

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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Круклин  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,640,000 (USA)
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Trivia

According to Delroy Lindo, he was very intimidated by working with children as had not worked with children before and did not have his own children at the time. 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: Damn it, Woody, you bounced another check.
Woody Carmichael: I thought we had it covered. I'll get some money.
Carolyn Carmichael: When?
Woody Carmichael: When? What do you think I'm doing right here? Gem, Let me just finish this music.
Carolyn Carmichael: That's what I've always done. The problem is your music's not bringing anything into the house but music.
Woody Carmichael: Gem, the money will come.
Carolyn Carmichael: I'm waiting. I'm back teaching school again, and I am waiting, Woody.
Woody Carmichael: Just keep doing what you're doing, Gem. Now you know it wasn't always like this. I made money before. I'll make ...
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Pusherman
Written and Performed by Curtis Mayfield
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The film was just ... too clean
20 November 2004 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie described as vibrant .. I guess it was in a way. But I really don't know if that was a good thing for this film. I started watching this film knowing nothing about it. The kid on the bed did remind me of Spike Lee, and I thought to myself "yeah this is a Spike Lee kinda thing" but not something he'd do. I'm surprised to see it is a Spike Lee film.

It's too clean, too fairytale, too ... contrived.

That needs explaining. All the poor, rough kids stealing candy and beating

each other up in the street .. including the glue-heads and the gangsters ... they are all wearing shiny brand new clothes, they're clean shaved, their makeup is immaculate, teeths sparking white (what is that fixation about!).... All of them!!!

The paint on the railing is new .. all of it!, even the garbage and the dirty building frontage is immaculately clean ... it looks designed, not natural.

That's all I saw through the entire film. In fact the props, costumes, and sets we're so unnatural, that several times I found I had been distracted from the story ... I lost the plot so to speak ...

The filming was great ... beautiful shots ... nicely cut .... technically great. But everything got in the way of the story, so it failed in the single thing you make a movie to do.


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