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Red Hook Summer (2012)

R | | Drama | 17 May 2013 (Brazil)
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A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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Spike Lee

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Spike Lee (screenplay), James McBride (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Limary Agosto Limary Agosto ... Lourdes
Sumayya Ali Sumayya Ali ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Member
Turron Kofi Alleyne ... Butter
De'Adre Aziza ... Colleen Royale
Jonathan Batiste ... Da Organist Tk Hazelton
Quincy Tyler Bernstine ... Hazel
Daniel Breaker ... Cliff
Jules Brown ... Flik Royale
Charles Anthony Bryant Charles Anthony Bryant ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Member
Janinah Burnett Janinah Burnett ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Member
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Deacon Zee
Courtney D. Carey Courtney D. Carey ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Member
Jim Davis Jim Davis ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Director
Colman Domingo ... Blessing Rowe
Shani Foster Shani Foster ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Member
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A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief violence, language and a disturbing situation | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 2013 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Verão em Red Hook See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,070, 12 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$338,803, 18 November 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is the sixth film in Spike Lee's series "Brooklyn Chronicles." See more »

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References Do the Right Thing (1989) See more »

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As Spike Ages, He Gets Better
13 December 2016 | by stellbreadSee all my reviews

Gone are the days when Spike Lee "wants to shove blackness down the throats of white audiences" (the vein in which black filmmakers are viewed when they tell the truth in colors other than rose). Though his films are not seen,promoted or viewed with the same verve as his earlier work--like Malcolm X and Do The Right Thing--this has more to do with Hollywood politics more than a falling off in skill. In fact, Spike's finest work, in the eyes of this critic, have been his latest works including The 25th Hour, Chiraq.Old Boy and Miracle at St. Anna.

Red Hook Summer fits comfortably into that pack, Like the aforementioned films, it is more emotion-focused rather than characterized by keen cinematography. It is thought-provoking, rather than a release of anger, as his critics typically accuse him of.

The story centers on a teenage boy (Flik) and his relationship with his preacher grandfather,who hides a horrible secret. The subplot features his interaction with a young female friend--a "thing" centered more on curiosity than romance, and Flik's navigation of an unfamiliar hood far tougher than the one he comes from..

It is a compelling coming of age tale, featuring a wonderful performance by Toni Lysaith as Chazz, a girl unafraid to speak her mind and who is the only one who "gets" Flik. There is none of the syrupy, blossoming love that hamstrings so many other films, just exploration of the burgeoning friendship between two people, who in that simple process discover something different.

I caught this via On Demand and was glad I took a chance on it. Spike deserves better than he gets, and having to fund films via kick starter is definitely sand kicked in the face of one of the great filmmakers, black or white, of this generation.


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