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Rosewood (1997)

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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
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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2.35 : 1
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Michael Rooker had previously been in Mississippi Burning (1988), another movie about racism in the South. 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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Sylvester's Blues
Written by Wynton Marsalis
Produced by Delfeayo Marsalis
Performed by Eric Reed
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race troubles in a small Florida town
5 May 1999 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

A small town in Florida in 1922, with a black and white population, breaks out in violence and bloodshed. The reason for the trouble came about when a white woman claimed to be raped by a black man. This infuriated the white populace into going on a murderous rampage leading to the deaths of many innocent people and the near total destruction of the black section of town. A very exciting program based on a true story.

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