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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

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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
Christopher Knowings ...
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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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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13 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Круклин  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,640,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Cinqué Lee and Joie Lee originally wrote the script as a pilot for Nickelodeon. A test pilot was screened for inner city children who disliked it. The Lees converted their idea into a screenplay. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Drop Squad (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Hot Potato
Written by King Curtis (as Curtis Ousley)
Performed by The Rinky Dinks On Soul Train
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On the verge of classic
1 May 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This was the first movie done by Spike Lee that I have ever seen, and I saw this movie by accident. Out of all of his films, why is this one of the least known? It is worth seeing, because so many things work. It's definitely one of the most thematic movies I have ever seen, and I can definitely relate to many of Spike Lee's memories. It is sad, but it is also hopeful. Alfre Woodard was awesome, and I definitely think that she is one of the best unrecognized actresses in the US today. Delroy Lindo played his character well too. The relationship between Troy and her brothers was especially memorable and so universal! The best scenes in the movie showcase the children in front of the television. This movie was on the verge of greatness but it didn't capture it just because some parts of the movie were melodramatic and drawn out. The movie itself was about 15 minutes too long.


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