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A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African American community.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wright
Sylvester Carrier
Duke Purdy
James Taylor
Aunt Sarah
Beulah (Scrappie)
Sheriff Walker
Fanny Taylor
Paul Benjamin ...
James Carrier
Sam Carter
Henry Andrews


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 <>

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rosewood Burning  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Wynton Marsalis's score was rejected and he was replaced by John Williams, Marsalis released his score as an album called "Reeltime". See more »


In the title sequence, the date is Thursday, December 31, 1922; in reality, that date was a Sunday. See more »


[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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Referenced in 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) See more »


New Year's Eve Fiddle Music
Written by Wynton Marsalis
Produced by Delfeayo Marsalis
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User Reviews

well-made but hard to watch
25 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Powerful drama is a gut-wrenching recreation of the destruction of a once prominent black town. In 1920s Florida, the town of Rosewood is built on an uneasy alliance between black and white citizens. When an influential white woman makes a false accusation that she was assaulted by a black assailant, angry white citizens form a brutal lynch mob determined to either find the culprit, or coerce other black citizens into revealing his whereabouts. The film's harsh subject matter is so vividly realized by director Singleton, and acted with such great conviction by its cast that the film is deeply unsettling and at times unbearable to watch. If you can get past that, which is no easy task, you can appreciate what a sharp, well-crafted historical drama that this really is. ***

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