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Detroit (2017)

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Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

Director:

Kathryn Bigelow

Writer:

Mark Boal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Chalk ... Officer Frank
Mason Alban ... Police Sergeant James
Bennett Deady Bennett Deady ... Police Officer Bill
Andrea Eversley Andrea Eversley ... Dancer
Michael Jibrin ... Vietnam Vet
Khris Davis ... Blind Pig Patron
Tokunbo Joshua Olumide Tokunbo Joshua Olumide ... Dave
Daniel Washington ... Blind Pig Bouncer
Amari Cheatom ... Undercover Cop
Tyler James Williams ... Leon
Laz Alonso ... Congressman Conyers
Benz Veal ... Nate Conyers
Angel Blaise ... Young Kid #1
Lance Law Lance Law ... Young Kid #2
Jaleel Sanders Jaleel Sanders ... Young Kid #3
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Storyline

A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest RACE riots in United States history. The story is centred around the Algiers Motel incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women.

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racism | police | singing | motel | fear | See All (469) »

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Based On The True Story Of One Of The Most Terryfying Secrets In American History. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detroit: Zona de conflicto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$350,190, 30 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,790,139, 12 October 2017
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On July 25, 2017, "Detroit" premiered at The Fox Theater in Detroit, nearly 50 years after the date most of the movie takes place on. See more »

Goofs

When protesters are seen running down 12th Street, you can see mobile phone panels and microwave dishes. These were not out in 1967. See more »

Quotes

Carl: When you're black, it's almost like having a gun pointing right at your face.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Detroit (2017) See more »

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If You Haven't Got Love
Written by Gladys Harris
Performed by Algee Smith, Joseph David-Jones, Leon Thomas III, and Ephraim Sykes
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Great Filmmaking with a Point Of View
6 August 2017 | by rleach2000See all my reviews

Unless you believe the Black Lives Matters movement has unanimous appeal, do not expect the reviews of Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit" to garner universal praise. By no means does this movie play it safe and, for that reason, it does not seek or expect mass appeal. I suspect that the film will unleash fierce critics of "Hollywood Liberal Bias" and generate howls from those who want to remind us that most cops really are good as well as others who are equally vocal and can't stomach seeing more non-threatening citizens brutally murdered by policemen of a different stripe.

"Detroit" is a movie that is set in 1967 but it is a statement about the type of policing that continues to occur far too frequently in many African American communities. Just as it is not possible to talk about the recent events in Ferguson, NYC, Minneapolis,Baltimore, Chicago, Charleston, Cleveland etc., etc. without expressing a particular point of view, "Detroit" will also reveal many pf our biases as we process the portrayal of the searing events as they may have occurred at the Algiers Motel in the midst of a race riot.

"Detroit" will also force us to talk about our preferences for films that move and disturb us over those that simply entertain and the amount of "historical accuracy" we expect to see in non- documentaries that are set in earlier times.

Bigelow shoots the movie with an unflinching eye and her point of view is obvious. She errs on the side of the cringe worthy and outrageous when depicting evil and the actors are committed, inspired and superbly directed.

"Detroit" is a film that is as difficult to watch as any two hour merciless tragedy involving people we know and care about and it is deeply stirring as it incites (if not assaults) our emotions. This is a stunning film but well crafted art, like our own reflections in the finest of mirrors, isn't always pretty.

"Detroit" intends to upset, provoke and unsettle and, by that account, it is an unmitigated success.


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