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Crooklyn (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 13 May 1994 (USA)
Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.

Director:

Spike Lee

Writers:

Joie Lee (story) (as Joie Susannah Lee), Joie Lee (screenplay) (as Joie Susannah Lee) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfre Woodard ... Carolyn
Delroy Lindo ... Woody
David Patrick Kelly ... Tony Eyes / Jim
Zelda Harris ... Troy
Carlton Williams Carlton Williams ... Clinton
Sharif Rashed Sharif Rashed ... Wendell
Tse-Mach Washington Tse-Mach Washington ... Joseph
Christopher Knowings Christopher Knowings ... Nate
José Zúñiga ... Tommy La La (as José Zuniga)
Isaiah Washington ... Vic
Ivelka Reyes Ivelka Reyes ... Jessica
Spike Lee ... Snuffy
N. Jeremi Duru N. Jeremi Duru ... Right Hand Man
Frances Foster Frances Foster ... Aunt Song
Norman Matlock ... Clem
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Storyline

Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crooklyn: Uma Família de Pernas pro Ar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,640,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After the years of hard work and controversy surrounding Malcolm X (1992), Spike Lee wanted to a make a film with a smaller scale and lighter tone which led him to this project. See more »

Goofs

The amount of Trix cereal on the floor changes when Troy and Wendell are fighting for the box of Trix. See more »

Quotes

Carolyn: Damn it, Woody, you bounced another check.
Woody: I thought we had it covered. I'll get some money.
Carolyn: When?
Woody: When? What do you think I'm doing right here? Gem, Let me just finish this music.
Carolyn: That's what I've always done. The problem is your music's not bringing anything into the house but music.
Woody: Gem, the money will come.
Carolyn: I'm waiting. I'm back teaching school again, and I am waiting, Woody.
Woody: Just keep doing what you're doing, Gem. Now you know it wasn't always like this. I made money before. I'll make ...
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits play over old footage of several episodes of "Soul Train". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Drop Squad (1994) See more »

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I Can See Clearly Now
Written and Performed by Johnny Nash
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natural, well-acted, unwieldy
20 January 2002 | by nansenseSee all my reviews

the cast was perfect. they seemed natural and almost documentary like. Troy was magnificent. the movie captures 70s culture, the games, the shows, the streetlife, the music with humor without becoming precious. the sense of family is remarkable: strong and a little sadistic. i felt like i was that little girl living in the middle of all of those brothers. i would like delroy lindo to be my father. the flow of the narrative was a bit unwieldy, bu the music carried me through. if you want a nice neat plot, this isn't the flick to see. it was gentle.


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