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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Carolyn
... Woody
... Tony Eyes / Jim
... Troy
Carlton Williams ... Clinton
Sharif Rashed ... Wendell
Tse-Mach Washington ... Joseph
Christopher Knowings ... Nate
... Tommy La La (as José Zuniga)
... Vic
Ivelka Reyes ... Jessica
... Snuffy
N. Jeremi Duru ... Right Hand Man
Frances Foster ... Aunt Song
... Clem
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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.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crooklyn: Uma Família de Pernas pro Ar  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,640,000
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Trivia

Although no specific year is revealed at any point in the movie, the events in the movie were most likely intended to take place in the spring and summer of 1973 for the following concrete reasons: 1.) The eldest son Clinton, who was a New York Knicks fan, chose to attend the final game of the NBA Finals instead of his father's concert. He half-heartedly told his family afterward that the Knicks won, and the only years the Knicks won in the 1970s were 1970 and 1973, but . . . 2.) "Soul Train", the TV show to which the kids were seen dancing towards the end of the film, made its national television debut in 1971, thereby eliminating the possibility that Clinton attended the 1970 NBA Finals. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, Troy is playing stick ball wearing moccasin shoes, in the next scene, she is still wearing the moccasin shoes. See more »

Quotes

Clinton: Yeah! My main man: Walt Clyde Frazier! You better win tonight.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Features All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't No Sunshine
Written and Performed by Bill Withers
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one of Lee's best
19 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Crooklyn is an engaging film that stands out in Spike Lee's filmography, not only for Lee's seamless storying of everyday life in 70's Brooklyn, but also because of his interesting and innovative cinematic imagery. The cinematography Lee employs in Crooklyn helps to create fantastic -sometimes even cartoon-like- environments in which his characters spring to life and thrive. His dollying techniques (placing actors on dollies), lens choice, and manipulation of color conspire to add special characteristics to this film. This is a great film to watch not only for Lee's ability to highlight the beauty of the quotidian in his storytelling, but also for the aesthetic qualities that Lee produces with his rich filmic vocabulary.


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