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Fruitvale Station (2013)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  26 July 2013 (USA)
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The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Caruso
Keenan Coogler ...
Michael James ...
Grandma Bonnie (as Marjorie Shears)
Bianca Rodriguez III ...
Vanessa (as Bianca Rodriguez)
Julian Keyes ...


This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant. Written by The Weinstein Company

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Every step brings you closer to the edge.

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Rated R for some violence, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA)  »

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Fruitvale  »

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Opening Weekend:

$386,291 (USA) (12 July 2013)


$16,097,842 (USA) (25 October 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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The film was selected for the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in January 2012. It received a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship and a Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute Grant. See more »


On the subway platform, the police officer shoots Oscar in the lower spine. At the hospital, surgeons remove the bullet from his shoulder. See more »


[first lines]
Oscar Grant: What's your resolution?
Sophina: I'm gonna cut carbs.
Oscar Grant: Aren't you Mexican? You can't eat nothin' Grandma makes.
Sophina: It only takes 30 days to form a habit, and then it becomes second nature.
Oscar Grant: Who says that?
Sophina: Oprah.
Oscar Grant: Okay. Oprah cool now?
Sophina: What's yours?
Oscar Grant: I wanna quit selling trees.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.187 (2013) See more »


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Written and Performed by Patrick Yandall
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Tragic, sympathetic and simple. Fruitvale Station takes us inside the world of the late Oscar Grant
13 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on the true story of one of the most heart wrenching instances of police brutality in American history, Fruitvale Station humanizes Oscar Grant, a victim of senseless police violence and racial profiling. This film does not paint him as a saint nor does it paint him as a crook, it shows him as a human being with many flaws. Michael B. Jordan gives an electrifying performance as Oscar Grant. He doesn't miss a single step and delivers a performance that has solidified him as a force to be reckoned with on screen. The film, as a whole, works but not for storytelling. This is a film that has great performances and that keeps it above average on many levels. If there was anyone else playing these roles, especially Jordan, I feel as if the film wouldn't pack as much of a punch. Ryan Coogler directs the hell out of his actors and does a fantastic job keeping pace. Running at just below an hour and a half, the film moves. It doesn't drag, it doesn't lack, it is a beautiful and moving portrayal of a man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and the decisions that he made to put him at Fruitvale Station on that fateful night.

Overall, this is a film with powerhouse performances that needs to be seen. The 2013 awards season definitely has a contender in Fruitvale Station along with a soon-to-be Oscar nominated Michael B. Jordan.

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