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The film is loosely based on lives of Spike Lee and his siblings (who co-wrote the script).
The "disorienting" view when the family is in the country was created by shooting in widescreen without anamorphically adjusting the image.
Although no specific year is revealed at any point in the movie, the events in the movie were most likely intended to take place in the spring and summer of 1973 for the following concrete reasons: 1.) The eldest son Clinton, who was a New York Knicks fan, chose to attend the final game of the NBA Finals instead of his father's concert. He half-heartedly told his family afterward that the Knicks won, and the only years the Knicks won in the 1970s were 1970 and 1973, but . . . 2.) "Soul Train", the TV show to which the kids were seen dancing towards the end of the film, made its national television debut in 1971, thereby eliminating the possibility that Clinton attended the 1970 NBA Finals.
After the years of hard work and controversy surrounding Malcolm X (1992), Spike Lee wanted to a make a film with a smaller scale and lighter tone which led him to this project.
According to Delroy Lindo, he was very intimidated by working with children as had not worked with children before and did not have his own children at the time.
A scene was filmed in which the family's oven explodes but it was deleted. This was based on a true incident in Spike Lee's life.
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.
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None of the children on set had any idea how to play any of the street games their characters engage in - Lee had to personally instruct them.
Bokeem Woodbine's film debut.
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The house in which the family of seven lives in is located at 7 Arlington Place Brooklyn, NY.
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Delroy Lindo & Isaiah Washington would go on to star together again in Romeo Must Die (2000).
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Troy had three different nicknames: Ladybug, Miss Kumish Mimmish, and Troydaboy.
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