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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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Woody Carmichael
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Tony Eyes / Jim
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Troy
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Clinton
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Wendell
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Joseph
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Tommy La La
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Vic
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Jessica
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Snuffy
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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.

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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)  »

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Круклин  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,640,000 (USA)
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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 »

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

Quotes

Carolyn Carmichael: Wendell, PLEASE close your mouth when you chew!
Wendell: Why can't you let me eat in peace for once?
Carolyn Carmichael: Because you disturbing the peace! You eat like a pig and chew like a cow!
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The closing credits play over old footage of several episodes of "Soul Train". See more »

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Mr. Big Stuff
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Uneven Joint
20 May 2007 | by (Wolves, England) – See all my reviews

Although I wouldn't say this is a great Lee film, it is still very solid. There isn't a story as such, instead it is a love letter to childhood and family life in Brooklyn. Imagine Radio Days, including the sentimental streak.

The actors are great and this movie only goes to prove that Delroy Lindo is one of the best actors around. Zelda Harris as the young girl, Troy, is also brilliant. Alfre Woodard is the pivot of the film, around which most of the film revolves around - even if she has less than Troy.

Tonally the film doesn't quite click. Sometimes the original music is quite sour and does not fit with the images. Some scenes seem forced.

But the amazing soundtrack helps put things right.

Even though the film isn't perfect, it has a great soundtrack and a very unique take on things.


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