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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

Was originally supposed to be directed by Martin Scorsese. Rocco Klein would have been the main character, played by Robert De Niro. Scorsese changed his mind, opting instead to direct Casino (1995), and De Niro went with him. Scorsese then asked Spike Lee if he wanted to direct. Lee accepted (and decided that Strike, not Rocco, would be the primary character), and Scorsese was given an "Executive Producer" credit. See more »

Goofs

After speaking with Det. Rocco Klein outside the police station, the shadows of the buildings change size, and the position of Rodney's car is different in each of the three shots showing Ronald approaching the car and getting on. See more »

Quotes

Det. Rocco Klein: [suspects Victor took the fall for Strike]
  • You're the fuckin' king snake. You're a low-down, cold-blooded evil junkyard nigger like I've never seen.

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Connections

References Ultraman: Towards the Future (1990) See more »

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Blast of the Iron
Written by Rebelz of Authority and Salaam Remi (as Salaam Remi Gibbs)
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Spike Lee's early film is solid
22 September 2006 | by PersianPlaya408See all my reviews

Spike Lee's urban drama about a drugpusher who the police become suspicious towards after a man is found with 4 bullets in him in their neighborhood. This is a good early film from Spike Lee, he later built on this film's theme with much better films in He Got Game and The 25th Hour. But this one was also solid, with some very good performances and certain very good scenes. The screenplay was pretty good, based on Price's own book, and i liked Phifer, Turturro and Keitel a lot in this. Good cinematography from Malik Hassan Sayeed and editing from Smuael D. Pollard. Terence Blanchard's score is also not bad. overall a solid mid 90s film from Spike Lee.--- IMDb Rating: 6.8, my rating: 8/10


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