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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

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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.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese never came to the set, despite being an Executive Producer. 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

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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Connections

References Anatomy of a Murder (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Survival of the Fittest/Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers
Written by Chubb Rock, O.C., Kendrick Davis (as Jeru The Damaja) and DJ Premier
Performed by Crooklyn Dodgers '95
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Lee's most mature work
27 May 1999 | by Eric-84See all my reviews

In 1995 I considered Spike Lee's gritty CLOCKERS one of the year's best films; recently I spotted its video in a clearance bin and picked it up. Upon re-viewing, I am struck again by its complexity. It is the first urban drama to depict inner-city race relations with the intricacy such a pervasive cultural issue demands. On the surface it resembles a whodunit, but its main concern is how drugs and violence contaminate entire communities, dramatized in the collapse of one African-American youth's life. (He chokes up blood the way some of us sweat.) This process is observed by a predominantly white police force that makes hollow attempts to keep order, and refuses to intervene with the community's gradual decline.

Instead of characters with overt prejudices and plain racial allegiances-characters that are sterile symbols of bigotry rather than credible humans guilty of it-Lee gives us characters of casual racism. Most representative of this is Harvey Keitel's Rocco Klein, a white detective who cannot understand the culture surrounding him, which is a culture of narcotics, violence, and black-on-black crime. On his beat, drugs are less a problem than a lifestyle, murder resolves the tiniest of disagreements, and young mothers valiantly but vainly battle the influence young dealers have on their sons. Klein views the inner-city with contempt, but deep down he knows all the whores and dealers are human beings, too.

Klein is introduced at the scene of a homicide, where the police handle the gruesome death with a clinical sense of detachment, cracking bad jokes and asking the bloodied corpse questions. Is it just a job, or is it racism? For Klein, it's both: he needs the gallows humor to psychologically deal with this culture of depravity. What's fascinating about CLOCKERS is Lee's willingness-and guts-to present Klein, despite his prejudice, as the film's hero. Lee understands that casual racism is simply endemic and inescapable in American culture. What he appreciates is Klein's ability to transcend his own prejudice and finally do the right thing.


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