Crooklyn (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  13 May 1994 (USA)
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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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Woody Carmichael
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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

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Woody Carmichael: You're a big saint around here and I ain't shit, is that it?
Carolyn Carmichael: You can call yourself what you want to. I just asked you to write down the check!
Woody Carmichael: I wrote the check, right?
[Woody sits back down at the piano]
Woody Carmichael: I wrote the stupid thing.
[He gets up some music charts]
Carolyn Carmichael: I think you can do two things at once: make music and write.
Woody Carmichael: [Writing] Woody... wrote... a... bum... check.
[Gives her the sheet]
Woody Carmichael: Here.
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Underrated gem from Spike Lee
16 September 2003 | by (Chapel Hill, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

CROOKLYN isn't Spike Lee's greatest, but it comes very close. Parts of the film hit so close to home with me - the sense of community so vividly depicted, and the 70s soul music (which is nearly ubiquitous through CROOKLYN) makes this film something much like a musical, with the grit and intimacy of Lee's visual realism constantly balanced against the idealism and romanticism of the music. As slice-of-life Americana, this is about as good as it gets. I disliked the scenes with the Aunt & Uncle - I felt that they were being ridiculed mercilessly, for no good reason (they are the living embodiment of the idealism contained in at least some of the music heard at other times in the film, whether they know it or not), and I wished those scenes were handled with more subtlety - Lee, like his NYC bretheren Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen has major issues with suburban types (this hits a peak in Lee's later BAMBOOZLED - an almost brilliant, but also almost cruel expression of rage at the excesses of the entertainment industry that also aimed merciless fury at uncritical audiences - audiences of any and every race and class).

But this scene aside, the remainder of CROOKLYN is so strong, and very well-made - I'd still offer a recommendation.

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