Mangrove tells this true story of The Mangrove Nine, who clashed with London police in 1970. The trial that followed was the first judicial acknowledgment of behavior motivated by racial hatred within the Metropolitan Police.


Steve McQueen


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Gary Beadle ... Dol Isaacs
Darren Braithwaite Darren Braithwaite ... Anthony Carlisle Inniss
Richie Campbell ... Rothwell Kentish
Ben Caplan ... Mr Stedman
Thomas Coombes ... PC Royce
Richard Cordery ... Mr Croft
Gershwyn Eustache Jnr ... Eddie Lecointe
Duane Facey-Pearson Duane Facey-Pearson ... Rupert Boyce
Llewella Gideon Llewella Gideon ... Aunt Betty
Michelle Greenidge ... Mrs Manning
Derek Griffiths Derek Griffiths ... CLR James
Shem Hamilton ... Benson
James Hillier ... Chief Inspector
Tyrone Huggins Tyrone Huggins ... Granville
Jumayn Hunter ... Godfrey Millett

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Mangrove centers on Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes), the owner of Notting Hill's Caribbean restaurant, Mangrove, a lively community base for locals, intellectuals and activists. In a reign of racist terror, the local police raid Mangrove time after time, making Frank and the local community take to the streets in peaceful protest in 1970. When nine men and women, including Frank and leader of the British Black Panther Movement Altheia Jones-LeCointe (Letitia Wright), and activist Darcus Howe (Malachi Kirby), are wrongly arrested and charged with incitement to riot, a highly publicized trial ensues, leading to hard-fought win for those fighting against discrimination.

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Shaun Parkes was cast just 3 weeks before production was due to begin. This meant he didn't have long to develop his characterization and to master a Trinidadian accent. See more »


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Insight into institutional racism
23 November 2020 | by khamilton-11See all my reviews

Steve McQueen has provided an insight into the institutional racism that was commonly faced by the West Indian community in London in the 1970's which sadly continued and, to an extent, continues far beyond the events portrayed. The Mangrove paints a picture of a community under siege, invited to the UK to fill employment needs after the war, but later resented for their mere presence and desire to create a sense of community.

A film of two parts, the early character development underscores the great diversity of the West Indian community, presenting the common dilemma to stay and to build a future or to leave and accept defeat. Growing up in the UK in the 1970's it's not hard to remember how much that casual racism was the norm, whether in the playground or in the streets. McQueen captures the normality of that and how it facilitated those in authority to act in a way that would now, in general, be seen as wholly unacceptable.

The film will draw obvious comparisons with the recent Chicago 7 film, but for me, this was a far more robust production with better character development and acting and less emphasis on dress up and wigs than Aaron Sorkin's effort. It certainly had a far greater sense of realism, place and time. Comparing the filmed version to the actual events, McQueen has been true to events and to the people involved - something which makes the continued harassment of the people involved for years after the events portrayed even more chilling!

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