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Crooklyn (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 13 May 1994 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
Woody Carmichael
Tony Eyes / Jim
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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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Круклин  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$13,640,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bokeem Woodbine's film debut. 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 »


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 »


Everyday People
Written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
Performed by Sly and the Family Stone
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Personal, Endearing, Comical
17 August 2002 | by (DC/Tempe, AZ, USA) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a very personal, heartwarming and funny movie that also touched on very real social issues. It deals with the complications involved in family life like love, break up, sibling rivalry and making ends meet while also trying to lead a happy fulfilling life. It deals with the pains of loss and of struggle, the issues facing urban communities....self-perceptions and growing. Spike does all of this while giving a light and loving perspective to some hard issues. It is comical and endearing as you see all of these situations played out through the eyes of a young girl, trying to grow up. The odd struggle and perceptions of reality that we all face coming up...the embarrassment of a family, the neighborhood bully, etc....all gets played out in this summer classic.

--Not to mention the cinematography is wonderful and interesting.

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