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Rosewood (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  21 February 1997 (USA)
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A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African American community.

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John Wright
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Sylvester Carrier
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Duke Purdy
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James Taylor
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Beulah (Scrappie)
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Sheriff Walker
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James Carrier
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Sam Carter
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Henry Andrews
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Storyline

Ving Rhames stars as Mann, a drifter caught in Rosewood, a town filled with racial prejudice. He ends up aiding the surviving African-Americans escape the town, with the help of a humble store owner played by Jon Voight. Written by Phil Curtolo <curt@epix.net>

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In 1923, a black town in Florida was burned to the ground, its people murdered because of a lie. Some escaped and survived because of the courage and compassion of a few extraordinary people. This film is for them.

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Action | Drama | History

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Rated R for violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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21 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Rosewood Burning  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,104,494 (USA) (2 May 1997)
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Trivia

Though most of the film is based on true events, the film's main character, Mann (Ving Rhames), is mostly a fictional creation. He is likely based upon a report in the week following the massacre by the Chicago Defender newspaper that a soldier named Ted Cole appeared and fought against the lynch mobs. This claim was never repeated nor verified. See more »

Goofs

When Mann asks Sylvester Carrier how he got out of the house, Sylvester's replies, "They carried me..." The audio does not match up with Sylvester's mouth. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gertrude: G'mornin'.
Aunt Sarah: Good mornin', Sylvester.
Sylvester Carrier: Mornin', mama.
Aunt Sarah: Good mornin', Gertie.
Gertrude: Good mornin', Mama Sarah.
Aunt Sarah: Don't run with them eggs, Arnett!
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Sylvester's Blues
Written by Wynton Marsalis
Produced by Delfeayo Marsalis
Performed by Eric Reed
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events that led up to other unpleasant things
2 June 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Part of what makes "Rosewood" so hard to watch - but I recommend it very much - is not only that it really happened, but also the thought that the events portrayed may have partly been the root of what happened in Florida in 2000. With this vicious racism so deeply ingrained in our society, it's no surprise that Florida's government deprived a number of African-Americans of their right to vote. For more information about these sorts of things, read James Loewen's book "Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong".

But anyway, this is a great (and I would say under-appreciated) movie. Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Michael Rooker and Muse Watson all do a great job in their roles. Definitely one of John Singleton's really good ones.


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