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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,104,494, 4 May 1997
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Though most of the film is based on true events, the film's main character, Mann (Ving Rhames), is mostly a fictional creation. He is likely based upon a report in the week following the massacre by the Chicago Defender newspaper, that a soldier named Ted Cole appeared and fought against the lynch mobs. This claim was never repeated, nor verified. 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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race troubles in a small Florida town
5 May 1999 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

A small town in Florida in 1922, with a black and white population, breaks out in violence and bloodshed. The reason for the trouble came about when a white woman claimed to be raped by a black man. This infuriated the white populace into going on a murderous rampage leading to the deaths of many innocent people and the near total destruction of the black section of town. A very exciting program based on a true story.


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