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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.

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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>

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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

Spike Lee's previous film, Crooklyn (1994), featured the song "Crooklyn" over the end credits. This film features a remix of the same song during the opening scene in the courtyard. While the original version of the song was nostalgic and wistful, matching the tone of Crooklyn (1994), the version featured here is grim and pessimistic, in keeping with the mood of this film. See more »

Goofs

When Detective Mazilli is walking up to the back of the Mercedes Benz to talk to the kids inside his badge/shield is that of an NYPD Detective. However when he shows it to the driver of the car it is the shield of a NYPD Sergeant. See more »

Quotes

Rodney: Errol told me you talked to the homicide cop. How'd that go?
Ronald 'Strike' Dunham: It was a-ight.
Rodney: 'A-ight' or 'all right'?
Ronald 'Strike' Dunham: It was a-ight. All right?
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Another great film from Spike Lee.
17 March 2005 | by camcmahonSee all my reviews

I've just finished this film and I thought it was excellent. I've never read the book, and based on other people's comments it sounds like it might be a hard book to adapt for the screen, what with it (apparently) dealing with a lot of abstract issues. However, looking at this film from the standpoint of having never read the book I thought the story was brilliant, it engrossed me to the end. Mekhi Phifer was great, he played the part well, personally I thought he conveyed a wide range of emotions and all of them very well. There was some great character development, especially on the part of Delroy Lindo (another great performance).

Lee did a good job in his portrayal of the drug culture in the projects, as well as taking a look into the police's side of the story. The story interested me from the beginning and I didn't feel my interest waver once, in fact is grew steadily throughout the film. The images of dead bodies shown at the beginning made a strong starting point, and served as an immediate reminder that the themes dealt with in the film are occurring all the time.

On a side note, I thought the resemblance of Shorty's game 'Gansta' to today's GTA: San Andreas was pretty funny.


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