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The Interrupters (2011)

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A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

Director:

Steve James

Writer:

Alex Kotlowitz (New York Times magazine article)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tio Hardiman Tio Hardiman ... Himself
Ameena Matthews Ameena Matthews ... Herself
Toya Batey Toya Batey ... Herself
Cobe Williams Cobe Williams ... Himself
Gary Slutkin Gary Slutkin ... Himself
Earl Sawyer Earl Sawyer ... Himself
Bud Oliver Bud Oliver ... Himself
Kenneth Oliver Kenneth Oliver ... Himself
Caprysha Anderson Caprysha Anderson ... Heraelf
Sheikh Rasheed Sheikh Rasheed ... Himself
Alfreda Williams Alfreda Williams ... Herself
Mildred Jones Mildred Jones ... Herself
Mildred Williams Mildred Williams ... Herself
Lillian 'Madea' Smith Lillian 'Madea' Smith ... Herself
Rashida Rashida ... Herself
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Storyline

The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn, persistence of violence in our cities. Shot over the course of a year out of Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. During that period, the city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the brutal beating of Derrion Albert, a Chicago High School student, whose death was caught on videotape. The film's main subjects work for an innovative organization, CeaseFire, which believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. The singular mission of the "... Written by Kartemquin Films

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Taglines:

Every City Needs Its Heroes

Genres:

Documentary | Crime

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Steve James Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,557, 5 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$282,448, 19 February 2012
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Kartemquin Films,Rise Films See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The film is Steve James' sixth feature length collaboration with his long-time filmmaking home, the non-profit Chicago production studio Kartemquin Films, and is also his fifth feature to screen at the Sundance Film Festival. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.12 (2011) See more »

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Very worth your time to see
15 April 2012 | by qasdfghjSee all my reviews

I really feel that movies like this are worth it - to see and educate oneself. One of the problems in America today are that the downtrodden and invisible people have no voice or medium through which to tell their stories. Movies like this show us ... how powerful these stories truly are.

The Interrupters themselves were my favorite characters. I wish I could see more and more movies on people who have truly transformed their lives from hopeless to meaningful. There are many out there - fighting the good fight, against all odds. And the best outcome of a movie like this - is to feel transformed yourself, inadvertently, because you've become inspired to take back your power and use it to be the best person you can be, in whatever your situation is.


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