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Fruitvale Station (2013)

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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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Cato
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Cale
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Grandma Bonnie (as Marjorie Shears)
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Vanessa (as Bianca Rodriguez)
Julian Keyes ...
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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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Rated R for some violence, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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26 July 2013 (USA)  »

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$900,000 (estimated)

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

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

As co-executive producer, Octavia Spencer had to find investors. One of the first investors she found was Kathryn Stockett, her friend since they met in Los Angeles in the early 2000s. Stockett wrote the Oscar-winning role of Minnie in The Help (2011) specifically for Spencer. Stockett was the only investor to receive a "Very Special Thanks" credit at the end of this film. See more »

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At the start of the prison scene, the text on-screen reads "San Quentin Federal Penitentiary". San Quentin is a state prison. See more »

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[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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Hey Little Mama
Written by Stanley Cox, Johnny Castaneda, D. Newton and Jason Valerio
Performed by Mistah FAB, Johnny Ca$h and The Jacka
Courtesy of Thizz Ent. and Faeva Afta Ent.
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Great acting, but some heavy-handed symbolism makes it a good movie
22 January 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Making a movie about a Oscar Grant and his shooting is not an easy task. It was undoubtedly wrong about how the law enforcement officials acted, however, it is a fine line to ensure that he is not inaccurately depicted as a saint. Michael B. Jordan who had a small role in Chronicle truly shines in this role. The viewer can see how hard he is trying to change his ways. But he is still a very volatile individual with a very rugged core, and the same time a sensitive soul. This was shown when he stands his ground in prison and on the BART, and also when he heartbreakingly asks his mom for a hug in prison. Overall it was a great movie aside from the overt symbolism of the dog getting killed by the car which I think was meant to mirror his later situation. Also the slow motion race that he has with his daughter also seemed out of place. Melonie Diaz also has a strong role as his girlfriend.


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