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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?


Don Cheadle (Sylvester) and Bridgid Coulter (Gertrude) are really a couple, and have children together. See more »


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 »


[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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The first film that I had to put my head in my mom shoudlers
4 November 2001 | by (Woodbridge,VA) – See all my reviews

When I first saw Rosewood at age 15, I was upset and shocked. To think that people could do to one another is shocking. Their are scenes in this movie that are hard to watch but that's part of the deepness. the film deserved some Oscar nod but sadly it went unnoticed. A important film everyone should see.

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