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Rosewood (1997)

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A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African-American community.

Director:

John Singleton

Writer:

Gregory Poirier
3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... John Wright
Ving Rhames ... Mann
Don Cheadle ... Sylvester Carrier
Bruce McGill ... Duke Purdy
Loren Dean ... James Taylor
Esther Rolle ... Aunt Sarah
Elise Neal ... Beulah (Scrappie)
Robert Patrick ... Lover
Michael Rooker ... Sheriff Walker
Catherine Kellner ... Fanny Taylor
Akosua Busia ... Jewel
Paul Benjamin ... James Carrier
Kevin Jackson ... Sam Carter
Mark Boone Junior ... Poly
Muse Watson ... Henry Andrews
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Storyline

Ving Rhames stars as Mann, a drifter caught in Rosewood, a town filled with racial prejudice. He ends up aiding the surviving African-Americans escape the town, with the help of a humble store owner played by Jon Voight. Written by Phil Curtolo <curt@epix.net>

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In 1923, a black town in Florida was burned to the ground, its people murdered because of a lie. Some escaped and survived because of the courage and compassion of a few extraordinary people. This film is for them.

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosewood Burning See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,154,075, 23 February 1997

Gross USA:

$13,130,349

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,130,349
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Don Cheadle (Sylvester) and Bridgid Coulter (Gertrude) are really a couple, and have children together. See more »

Goofs

In the title sequence, the date is Thursday, December 31, 1922; in reality, that date was a Sunday. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gertrude: G'mornin'.
Aunt Sarah: Good mornin', Sylvester.
Sylvester Carrier: Mornin', mama.
Aunt Sarah: Good mornin', Gertie.
Gertrude: Good mornin', Mama Sarah.
Aunt Sarah: Don't run with them eggs, Arnett!
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Soundtracks

Sylvester's Blues
Written by Wynton Marsalis
Produced by Delfeayo Marsalis
Performed by Eric Reed
Courtesy of Impulse Records
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Underrated, should have gotten an Oscar
30 January 2005 | by FrankBooth_DeLargeSee all my reviews

This movie has a great point to it. I saw it in American History class at school because the teacher wanted to show it to us as an impact film. This is based on a tragic time in our history that went missing for a while. A town in Florida that was inhabited mostly by African Americans was burned to the ground, and the survivors of this terrible disaster were so traumatized by it that no one new about it until the 1980's. A reporter was finding out why there was a lack of black citizens in that area of Florida, but when this reporter found out about everything, it was more than one could expect to find.

The movie takes place in 1923 in a town in Florida called Rosewood. During the time, there was much hatred and racism towards the African Americans. In the movie, a false claim made by a white woman starts a series of race riots that eventually leads to a great disaster.

Everything about the movie is true except for the character of Mr. Mann(played by Vingh Rames). This is a very exciting movie from the director of Boyz N The Hood, and I strongly recommend it.


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