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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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Tony Eyes / Jim
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Troy
Carlton Williams ...
Clinton
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Wendell
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Joseph
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Tommy La La
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Snuffy
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Right Hand Man
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Aunt Song
Norman Matlock ...
Clem
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Comedy | Drama

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

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13 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Круклин  »

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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

The amount of Trix cereal on the floor changes when Troy and Wendell are fighting for the box of Trix. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
Written by Lee Garrett, Lula Mae Hardaway, Stevie Wonder and Syreeta
Performed by Stevie Wonder
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one of Lee's best
19 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Crooklyn is an engaging film that stands out in Spike Lee's filmography, not only for Lee's seamless storying of everyday life in 70's Brooklyn, but also because of his interesting and innovative cinematic imagery. The cinematography Lee employs in Crooklyn helps to create fantastic -sometimes even cartoon-like- environments in which his characters spring to life and thrive. His dollying techniques (placing actors on dollies), lens choice, and manipulation of color conspire to add special characteristics to this film. This is a great film to watch not only for Lee's ability to highlight the beauty of the quotidian in his storytelling, but also for the aesthetic qualities that Lee produces with his rich filmic vocabulary.


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