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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

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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13 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crooklyn: Uma Família De Pernas Pro Ar  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,640,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Bokeem Woodbine's film debut. 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

Nate: May I PLEASE be excused?
Carolyn Carmichael: No, you may not. You're gonna sit there until you eat every black eyed pea on your plate.
[to the kids]
Carolyn Carmichael: And when I come home tonight, I want this kitchen clean.
Clinton: [the kids groan] See what you started, Nate? Shoot!
Nate: I HATE Black-eyed peas!
Carolyn Carmichael: Yeah, that's right! There's no reason why your father and I should have to run around here cleaning up after you shifty Negroes!
Clinton: Daddy don't make us clean up, don't you, Daddy?
Woody Carmichael: [Pouring lemonade in glass] I ain't in this. Leave me out of ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Drop Squad (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Respect Yourself
Written by Mack Rice & Luther Ingram
Performed by The Staple Singers
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Anyone who grew up in NYC 1970's will love this film
1 September 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Having grown up in Queens in the 1970's, everything in this film hits home. I am sure anyone that grew up in any of the 5 boro's can appreciate it.

The music is what we listened to on AM radio, the TV shows, children's street games, sitting on the stoop steps, kids teasing their friends and neighbors are all something we did at that time.

The Carmichael kids in front of the TV singing along to the Partridge Family "I Woke up in Love this Morning", Walt Frazier being IT when it came to basketball. How many of us sat doing the same things? The kids fighting with each other are brother sister typical things.

But the film also shows the problems a family endures when financial strains hit. The father is a musician who wants to write and play classical music to audiences who can appreciate it. This becomes a burden when his wife is the one working as a teacher paying the bills. Domestic issues put a strain on their relationship as they get into who used to pay the bills and who's paying them now.

Mom getting the kids up in the middle of the night for not cleaning up, you can understand her frustration being the breadwinner, mom and everything else. When she complains later on that she is tired, you will have to watch the film to see why.

Sit back and enjoy a trip back in time when life was a lot simpler. Even Spike and his friend dabbling in glue sniffing isn't so bad compared to what is going on now.


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