Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
John Leguizamo's semi-falsified, one-man stand-up performance as...himself. This is his autobiographical story, about his life growing up, and his journey to try to be accepted by his ... See full summary »
Zack Homer takes over managing the barbershop after Joe is killed for trying to rip off his "investor", Mr. Lovejoy. All Zack wants to do is run a traditional barbershop giving traditional ... See full summary »
Although no specific year is specified at any point in the movie, the events in the movie were most likely intended to take place in the spring and summer of 1973 for the following concrete reasons: 1.) The eldest son Clinton, who was a Knicks fan, chose to attend the final game of the NBA Finals instead of his father's concert. He half-heartedly told his family afterward that the Knicks won, and the only years the Knicks won in the 70's were 1970 and 1973, but . . . 2.) "Soul Train", which the kids were seen dancing to towards the end of the film, made it's debut in 1971, eliminating the possibility that the child attended the 1970 NBA Finals. See more »
In the beginning of the movie, Troy is playing stick ball wearing moccasin shoes, in the next scene, she is still wearing the moccasin shoes. See more »
Although I wouldn't say this is a great Lee film, it is still very solid. There isn't a story as such, instead it is a love letter to childhood and family life in Brooklyn. Imagine Radio Days, including the sentimental streak.
The actors are great and this movie only goes to prove that Delroy Lindo is one of the best actors around. Zelda Harris as the young girl, Troy, is also brilliant. Alfre Woodard is the pivot of the film, around which most of the film revolves around - even if she has less than Troy.
Tonally the film doesn't quite click. Sometimes the original music is quite sour and does not fit with the images. Some scenes seem forced.
But the amazing soundtrack helps put things right.
Even though the film isn't perfect, it has a great soundtrack and a very unique take on things.
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