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Brooklyn Babylon (2001)

A charismatic rapper falls in love with a young Jewish girl despite the confines of her religious background.


Marc Levin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tariq Trotter ... Solomon, Member of The Lions
Karen Starc ... Sara (as Karen Goberman)
Bonz Malone Bonz Malone ... Scratch
David Vadim ... Judah
Rahzel ... Narrator
Earl Contaste Earl Contaste ... Ras Don
Carol Woods ... Cislyn
Slick Rick ... Buddah
Mad Cobra Mad Cobra ... Key Bouncer
Camille Cruse Camille Cruse ... Cindy
Questlove ... Member of The Lions (as Ahmir-Khalib Thompson)
James 'Kamal' Gray James 'Kamal' Gray ... Member of The Lions
Leonard 'Hub' Hubbard Leonard 'Hub' Hubbard ... Member of The Lions
Kyle 'Scratch' Jones Kyle 'Scratch' Jones ... Member of The Lions
Mina Bern ... Nanna


In Brooklyn's Crown Heights, where West Indian Rastafarians and other Blacks live next door to the Jewish Lubavitch community, ethnic tensions are high. After a minor car crash, the headstrong Judah and other Jewish youths who patrol as vigilantes confront Scratch, a mouthy African-American hustler. Passengers in the cars make eye contact: Sol, a hip-hop musician, songwriter, and artist (Scratch's friend), and Sara, who is betrothed to Judah but wants to go to college and be on her own. Over the next few days, while Scratch and Judah's conflict escalates in violence, Sara and Sol connect in ways that echo Sheba and Solomon. The friendship puts them in danger. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language, and for some violence, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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A good movie that could've been great without all the clichés
8 November 2014 | by ja-191-280465See all my reviews

Brooklyn Babylon is Marc Levin's 2001 film about the African American and Jewish community in Brooklyn, N.Y. Set in Crown Heights, the story revolves around Sara, a young Jewish girl and Solomon, an African American aspiring to become a musician. After their cars collide in a sudden car accident, Sara and Solomon lock eyes and develop an instant connection. After their second encounter, the two begin to see each other and its not soon before long until their friends and family disapprove. Eventually violence between their friends ensues and it seems that the more these two fall in love, the harder it is to maintain their budding romance. Gradually, Solomon exposes Sara to a whole new world outside of her Jewish faith which forces her to question her beliefs. Over all, Brooklyn Babylon is a pretty solid movie. Although the film is somewhat cliché, it is still easy to watch. Instead of violence, the film could've had a break through with less violence and more camaraderie between the characters. Marc Levin highlights the cultural backgrounds of the characters in a very profound way. In addition, the acting of the two leads is fairly decent. Watch out for some good musical performances by the roots.

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Release Date:

17 August 2001 (USA) See more »

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