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Rosewood (1997)

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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Aunt Sarah
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Beulah (Scrappie)
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Lover
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Sheriff Walker
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Fanny Taylor
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Jewel
Paul Benjamin ...
James Carrier
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Sam Carter
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Poly
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

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

John Singleton cited Schindler's List (1993) as a movie that was a major reason he sought out this specific film to direct. See more »

Goofs

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

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

Soundtracks

Sylvester's Blues
Written by Wynton Marsalis
Produced by Delfeayo Marsalis
Performed by Eric Reed
Courtesy of Impulse Records
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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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