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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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Vanessa (as Bianca Rodriguez)
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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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$386,291 (USA) (12 July 2013)

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

After funding fell through, Octavia Spencer offered to forgo her salary in order to help Ryan Coogler keep to to his budget. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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References Super Bowl XLIII (2009) See more »

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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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Disappointing Polemic
29 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a film to have an agenda is not unusual and motion pictures are an excellent way to communicate a social view. Unfortunately, too often this is done in the form of a sermon which preaches excessively and only the choir appreciates it. That is the case with Fruitvale Station. Besides being a fairly amateur effort at film making, with substandard acting and production values, the script attempts to be black and white about the issues. There is little subtlety and even less insight provided. There is little if any regard for the facts of the case because the director is bent on giving his own point of view in spite of the facts. The police are depicted as totally evil and lacking any humanity. Perhaps that is the case. However, is the victim in this supposedly factual story really a saint? This film makes its agenda clear and it is quite unfortunate that such an opportunity to depict what happened that terrible night is lost when the movie turns into pure propaganda and none of the very real people involved are shown to be what they were: flawed human beings.


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