A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
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
In addition to playing the role of Oscar's mother, Wanda, Octavia Spencer was a co-executive producer for this movie. One of her tasks in that capacity was to attract investors for the film, and one of the people from whom Spencer did secure financing was Kathryn Stockett, author of the bestselling novel "The Help". Spencer, who starred as "Minnie" in (and won an Oscar for) the screen adaptation of Stockett's novel, had been friendly with her since the two met in LA in the early 2000s; Stockett had based the character of Minnie on Spencer. Stockett was the only investor to receive a "Very Special Thanks" credit at the end of Fruitvale Station (2013) (all the others received only "The filmmakers would like to thank" credits). See more »
The particular BART system maps visible inside the train cars were not introduced until September 2009, yet all the movie's in-train scenes take place on December 31, 2008, and January 1, 2009. See more »
I knew nothing about the true story behind this film before I saw it but Ryan Coogler did an impressive job of telling this controversial story. Coogler takes us to the last day in 2008, and introduces us to Oscar Grant's life. A young, troubled father that is trying to do the right thing by his family. This was his debut at Sundance and he didn't disappoint. The audience laughed when the actors laughed and shed tears when the actors shed tears...it was a very moving film. By the end of the film I felt as though I knew these people personally. The whole cast did an excellent job! I'm looking forward to hearing more about Ryan Coogler in the future.
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