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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

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Spike Lee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Dr. Kennebrew Beauregard
John David Washington ... Ron Stallworth
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Mr. Turrentine
Robert John Burke ... Chief Bridges
Brian Tarantina ... Officer Clay Mulaney
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Officer Wheaton (as Arthur Nascarella)
Ken Garito ... Sergeant Trapp
Frederick Weller ... Master Patrolman Andy Landers
Adam Driver ... Flip Zimmerman
Michael Buscemi ... Jimmy Creek (as Michael Joseph Buscemi)
Laura Harrier ... Patrice Dumas
Damaris Lewis ... Odetta
Ato Blankson-Wood ... Hakeem
Corey Hawkins ... Kwame Ture
Dared Wright ... Officer Cincer
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Director Spike Lee's drama was produced by the team behind Get Out and offers another provocative exploration of American race relations. In the midst of the 1970s civil rights movement, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first black detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department. He sets out to prove his worth by infiltrating the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and convinces his Jewish colleague (Adam Driver) to go undercover as a white supremacist.

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Rated R for language throughout, including racial epithets, and for disturbing/violent material and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Klansman See more »

Filming Locations:

Ossining, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,845,330, 12 August 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,686,605, 31 January 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,592,685, 19 August 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Dr. Kennebrew Beauregard: Hello, my fellow Americans. They say we may have lost the battle but we didn't lose the war. Yes, my friends, we are under attack. You may have read about this in your local newspapers or seen it on the evening news. That's right. We are living in an era marked by the spread of integration and miscegenation. The Brown decision. The Brown decision, forced upon us by the Jewish-controlled puppets on the U.S. Supreme Court, compelling white children to go to school with an inferior ...
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Spike Lee's timely political movie
11 August 2018 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"BlacKkKlansman" (2018 release; 135 min,) brings the (true) story of Ron Stllworth. As the movie opens, we get a clip from Gone With the Wind, the famous scene where Scarlett walks among the hundreds, if not thousands of wounded soldiers, with the camera eventually catching the Confederate flag. After that, we are introduced to Ron Stallworth, an African-American interviewing for, and getting, a job on the Colorado Springs Police Department, the first African-American to do so (we are in 1974, as we see "Re-elect Nixon" signs). The Department is blatantly racist on many levels. After a rough start, Stallworth asks, and gets, to be assigned as an undercover cop. Then one day, he sees an ad for the local chapter of the KKK in the local newspaper, and decides to call the telephone number in the ad. Much to his surprise, he makes headway in the KKK's local chapter... At this time we are less than 15 min. into the movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: writer-director Spike Lee has known many ups and downs in his 3+ decade career, and this surely is one of the ups. Taking an obscure fait diver from 40+ years ago (a back man infiltrating the KKK!), Lee builds it into a timely political movie about today's leadership in Washington. Yes, let's just say it: David Duke, featured prominently, is projected as a precursor of the current POTUS. "Make America great again!", and later "America first" are used in the film. If it looks a bit heavy-handed, it frankly is. The movie benefits greatly from the charming performances by its leads, John David Washington as Ron Stallworth and Adam Driver as fellow undercover cop Flip Zimmerman (and stand-in Ron Stallworth). Laura Harrier has a breakout performance as Stallworth's romantic interest. On the negative side, the movie's running time is way, way too long (by a good 20-30 min.). Yet all that said, none of this would matter if it weren't for the last 5 min. of the movie, which all brings it home so pointedly (no worries, I won't spoil). You could hear a pin drop in the theater where I saw this during the movie's conclusion...

"BlacKkKlansman" premiered at this year's Cannes film festival to immediate acclaim (it won the Grand Prix), and was released wide this weekend. The Friday evening screening where I saw this at here in Cincinnati was PACKED. Given the inherently controversial nature of this film, I have no idea whether this will be a box office smash, but that isn't even the main point. If you have any interest it the racial divide that exists in this country, I'd readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.


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