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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.

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John Singleton

Writer:

Gregory Poirier
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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.

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

John Singleton cited Schindler's List (1993) as a movie that was a major reason he sought out this specific film to direct. 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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Happy Birthday To You
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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Intense and Sad
24 March 2004 | by QueenMakeda84See all my reviews

I saw this movie in my African American Experience class in 12th grade. It was incredibly saddening to know that such hatred exists within this country. The fact that it's a true story makes it worse. Bout time movies like this are being made despite the discomfort to others. Black history should not be denied because whites or anyone else feels uncomfortable or guilty at the end of a film. No one should be robbed of their history because it makes you "feel bad". The fear and isolation are undoubtedly felt through the black characters. To live in absolute fear for your life because of your skin color is perceptible even today. This story forces people to reconcile with the past to avoid further instances in the future. Not to make people feel guilty. Besides, minorities have felt bad in movies for a long time and nobody gave a damn as long as you know who looks good. I'm not militant or whatever else comes to mind. This movie is excellent because it shows a true story in historical fashion. Everyone did an excellent job. I felt anger and I'm sure that wasn't by accident. Jon V. was really convincing. I'm a big fan of his and he really made me dislike him. Just the very events of having a system of hatred set up against someone so that they don't get a chance is played out well in this film. Please do watch and get a little perspective.


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