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Crown Heights (2017)

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When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devotes his life to proving Colin's innocence.

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Matt Ruskin

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Matt Ruskin
6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Forbes ... Anthony Gibson
Lakeith Stanfield ... Colin Warner
Adriane Lenox ... Grace
Nnamdi Asomugha ... Carl 'KC' King
Marsha Stephanie Blake ... Briana
Carlos Hendricks Carlos Hendricks ... Instructor James
James Udom ... Rasta
Mohammed Ali Mohammed Ali ... Stunt Double / Ex-Con
Natalie Paul ... Antoinette
Zach Grenier ... Detective Cassel
Patrick Walsh Patrick Walsh ... Stunt Detective
Josh Pais ... D.A. Mengano
Jennifer Fouche ... Court Clerk
Leon Morenzie ... Charles
Skylan Brooks ... Clarence Lewis
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When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devotes his life to proving Colin's innocence.

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How Far Would You Go for Justice?


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Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Darker Than Blue See more »

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Gross USA:

$238,558, 24 October 2017
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Writer/Director Matt Ruskin worked closely with the real Colin and KC while making the film. He also reached out to some of the attorneys and key witnesses. See more »

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River
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Written by Leon Bridges, Austin Michael Jenkins, Josh Block and Chris Vivion
Performed by Leon Bridges
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A Seemingly Endless Sentence Is Offered as a Seemingly Endless Movie
27 August 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Movies have many techniques for keeping you interested and making the time go fast. A moving camera, attractive sets and actors speaking witty lines, and a pleasing score will make the 90 minutes or so of a movie fly. Contrariwise, when a moviemaker wishes to instill a sense of oppression, any of these elements can be left out.

This is a movie based on a real event. In 1980, a black man in that troubled Brooklyn neighborhood was found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to 15-to-life as the driver in a drive-by shooting. The trouble is, he didn't do it; he was busy stealing and running over someone else at the time.

This movie recounts the twenty-one-year struggle by him and his brother to get him freed. And during the period of his incarceration, the deadening effect of that imprisonment is made apparent by leaving out all those techniques that would serve to make the lives of the people in this movie more interesting.

The trouble is that the audience is also subject to this oppressive and boring tedium. As a result, this 94-minute feature, which might have made an excellent documentary, fails in the first duty of any piece of art: to engage and, yes, entertain its audience. All we learn is that people make mistakes and take a long time to figure things out.


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