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Fruitvale Station (2013)

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The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

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Ryan Coogler

Writer:

Ryan Coogler
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael B. Jordan ... Oscar Grant
Melonie Diaz ... Sophina
Octavia Spencer ... Wanda
Kevin Durand ... Officer Caruso
Chad Michael Murray ... Officer Ingram
Ahna O'Reilly ... Katie
Ariana Neal ... Tatiana
Keenan Coogler Keenan Coogler ... Cato
Trestin George ... Brandon
Joey Oglesby ... Cale
Michael James Michael James ... Carlos
Marjorie Crump-Shears ... Grandma Bonnie (as Marjorie Shears)
Destiny Ekwueme ... Chantay
Bianca Rodriguez III Bianca Rodriguez III ... Vanessa (as Bianca Rodriguez)
Julian Keyes Julian Keyes ... Kris
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Storyline

This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant. Written by The Weinstein Company

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Every step brings you closer to the edge.


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fruitvale See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$386,291, 14 July 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,097,842, 27 October 2013
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/Director Ryan Coogler is the same age as Oscar Grant and also grew up in the Bay Area and was living there at the time of Grant's murder. See more »

Goofs

When Oscar drops his daughter off at daycare, he has to knock on the door to enter with her. When he picks her up later, he walks up the side driveway, enters the back yard and starts playing with her. No one really acknowledges him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Oscar Grant: What's your resolution?
Sophina: I'm gonna cut carbs.
Oscar Grant: Aren't you Mexican? You can't eat nothin' Grandma makes.
Sophina: It only takes 30 days to form a habit, and then it becomes second nature.
Oscar Grant: Who says that?
Sophina: Oprah.
Oscar Grant: Okay. Oprah cool now?
Sophina: What's yours?
Oscar Grant: I wanna quit selling trees.
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Connections

Referenced in Showreel: Showreel and the $120 Coat (2013) See more »

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Written and Performed by Mar Keyes, William Peoples and Noah Coogler
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Do you call 911 when the killer is a cop?
16 September 2013 | by Red-125See all my reviews

SPOILER: Fruitvale Station (2013) was written and directed by Ryan Coogler. Michael B. Jordan plays Oscar Grant III, an African-American man who was shot to death in the Fruitvale BART station on January 1st, 2009. The man who killed him was a police officer. The killer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served about two years in jail.

The film follows Grant through his last day of life--December 31st, 2008. We watch as Grant interacts with his common-law wife, their young daughter, friends, relatives and strangers. Grant comes across as a basically decent man--flawed, undependable, but clearly in love with his family, his partner. and their little girl.

It's hard to enjoy this film, because it's based on a truly tragic event, and we know how the story will end from the beginning of the movie. Still, Fruitvale Station is definitely worth seeing, because it reminds us that everyone's life is always at risk, but that the risks for young, African-American men are higher.

The movie will work well on DVD. It's definitely worth seeking out and seeing.


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