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Clockers (1995)

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Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

Director:

Spike Lee

Writers:

Richard Price (book), Richard Price (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Det. Rocco Klein
John Turturro ... Det. Larry Mazilli
Delroy Lindo ... Rodney Little
Mekhi Phifer ... Ronald 'Strike' Dunham
Isaiah Washington ... Victor Dunham
Keith David ... André the Giant
Peewee Love Peewee Love ... Tyrone 'Shorty' Jeeter (as Pee Wee Love)
Regina Taylor ... Iris Jeeter
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Errol Barnes (as Tom Byrd)
Sticky Fingaz ... Scientific
Fredro Starr ... Go (as Fredro)
Elvis Nolasco ... Horace (as E.O. Nolasco)
Lawrence B. Adisa ... Stan
Hassan Johnson ... Skills
Frances Foster Frances Foster ... Gloria
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Storyline

Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug-lord Rodney Little, who, when not playing with model trains or drinking Moo for his ulcer, just likes to chill with his brothers near the benches outside the project houses. When a night man at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike's older brother turns himself in as the killer. Det. Rocco Klein doesn't buy the story, however, and sets out to find the truth, and it seems that all the fingers point toward Strike & Rodney. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When there's murder on the streets, everyone is a suspect.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, strong language and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clockers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,040,603
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's poster, designed by Art Sims, is an homage to the poster for Anatomy of a Murder (1959) which was designed by Saul Bass. Bass was not pleased with the poster and stated in an interview "when anyone steals something, they call it an 'homage'". See more »

Goofs

When Rocco is talking to Strike, Strike is bleeding from the mouth. He spits blood on the ground, and flicks blood from a handkerchief also to the ground. A few moments later Strike collapses, but there is no blood on the ground when he lies there. See more »

Quotes

Det. Rocco Klein: Errol. I thought you were dead.
Errol Barnes: I was. I came back.
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Connections

References Mean Streets (1973) See more »

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Changes
Written by Gordon Chambers & Ike Lee III
Performed by Marc Dorsey
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Absolutely stunning Inner-City drama
27 May 2003 | by intentivSee all my reviews

This movie is very misunderstood. I've heard people call it stereotypical, but this is only because they missed the obvious. The stereotypical aspect people see is all part of the story. The white police stereotypically harassing the street dealers is only stereotypical because society so commonly commits the very same actions. The movie is all about blame, who society blames, who society would like to blame, and sometimes whomever can be blamed. In actuality the movie has an extremely tense message about accepting ones own blame, while all throughout the movie blame is wrongly placed on nearly everyone. To avoid spoiling the movie I won't be overly specific but by the end of the movie Spike Lee had painted Injustice onto the screen.


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