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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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Students from Eustis High School in Florida were asked if they and their families wanted to be extras in the film. 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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The Town Burns
Written and Produced by John Williams
Performed by Shirley Caesar
Courtesy of Word Records
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John Singleton does Rosewood justice
3 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Director John Singleton who's first film (Boyz 'N the Hood)left audiences in awe has once again cast an emotional spell upon his audiences. Some people have a question of how historically accurate the film itself is. With some browsing around from site to site I found that the place and time period hold true, along with with the weaponry (I was skeptical about the dual pistol action)used in the film to be weapons of the time period. Also while browsing I came across a quote from the director himself "I am concerned about absolute historical accuracy to an extent, but I am really more worried about being truthful to the essence of what happened at Rosewood... I am making a movie that people will respond to." With that in mind the general plot seemed to take course as accurately as possible, (considering the account of this event has several different death counts depending on the source)all characters used the same names as the real life people, well besides Ving Rhames' character Mann who is entirely fictional built-in to make the movie more interesting. Other than that shady character John Singleton kept to the truth and provoked a variety of emotions from his audience once again, fulfilling his goal.In the end it was a very powerful film on a tragic event.

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