7.5/10
203,898
854 user 446 critic

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Trailer
2:21 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Spike Lee
Reviews
Popularity
128 ( 59)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 42 wins & 206 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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

Your Guide to the Films of Spike Lee

Get a closer look at the cinematic stylings of BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee to discover what Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, and Inside Man have in common.

Watch the video

Learn more

More Like This 

Vice I (2018)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Uncut Gems (2019)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Stars: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel
I, Tonya (2017)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie
Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Director: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
The Big Short (2015)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

Director: Edgar Wright
Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
Clueless (1995)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other.

Director: Amy Heckerling
Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy
Argo (2012)
Biography | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg Cable.

Director: David Leitch
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin
Edit

Storyline

In the early 1970s, Ron Stallworth is hired as the first black officer in the Colorado Springs, Colorado police department. Stallworth is initially assigned to work in the records room, where he faces racial slurs from his coworkers. Stallworth requests a transfer to go undercover, and is assigned to infiltrate a local rally at which national civil rights leader Kwame Ture (birth name Stokely Carmichael) is to give a speech. At the rally, Stallworth meets Patrice Dumas, the president of the black student union at Colorado College. While taking Ture to his hotel, Patrice is stopped by patrolman Andy Landers, a corrupt, racist officer in Stallworth's precinct, who threatens Ture and sexually assaults Patrice..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on a crazy, outrageous, incredible true story! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Spike Lee and John David Washington are both graduates of Morehouse College, a historically black school in Atlanta, Georgia. Frequent Spike Lee collaborator Sam Jackson is also a graduate. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film, during the car pursuit sequence, a vehicle quickly rounds a bend in a sweeping crane shot. A jump cut is clearly visible during this shot (presumably from stitching two takes together), and then there's an immediate cut to a take from inside the car rounding the same bend again.

In this second shot, one can clearly see the entire technocrane thru the car window as it passes thru the shot - in addition to roughly 15 obvious crew members standing around it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 ...
See more »

Connections

Featured in Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: BlacKkKlansman (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud (Parts 1 & 2)
Written by James Brown And Pee Wee Ellis (as Alfred Ellis)
See more »

User Reviews

 
One hell of a movie
31 July 2018 | by EnoVarmaSee all my reviews

Spike Lee has created an almost unimaginably uneven career in films, but it has never been in doubt, that he is one of the most talented American filmmakers of his generation. And should you have forgotten that, now you can remind yourself by watching the amazing "BlacKkKlansman", which won the Grand Prix at Cannes in May.

"BlacKkKlansman" tells the true story of a rookie African American police officer who in the 70's infiltrated in the KKK, but that's certainly not what the movie is about. Lee tackles head-on the contemporary hot topics of racism, the police killing black Americans, and white supremacy to create an overwhelming pamphlet about the American identity - which has been hurled into a state of great confusion after the last presidential election.

Movies don't come much more political as this one. In a way, "BlacKkKlansman" is a companion piece to "The Post" - a movie that similarly discussed the current political climate in a 70's setting - but with loads more of blackness, humour, anger and attitude. It's a better movie, too.

Though not perfect. Form-wise, "BlacKkKlansman" is sometimes paced oddly and feels needlessly long: not overlong, exactly, because you're not going to be bored for a minute. Visually it could have used a little more of the delicious textures typical of those 70's blacksploitations it makes references to.

But Lee is such a virile storyteller, that you can't help but get sucked in it all. And he has SO much to say. "BlacKkKlansman" is at its savage best when putting in perspective the official holier-than-thou image of the white Americans: Harry Belafonte cameos as an eye-witness of the beastly lynching of Jesse Washington in 1916.

Actors in "BlacKkKlansman" are great. John David Washington excels in the lead role. Adam Driver signs what is arguably his best role to date. Ryan Eggold is terrific as the local boss of the KKK, and the Finnish Jasper Pääkkönen impresses as his right hand man. The biggest surprise of all is Topher Grace, who is near-ingenious as David Duke, a well-mannered bag of sleaze in a three-piece.

"BlacKkKlansman" is an incredibly rich and stirring piece of contemporary cinema with enough stuff to fuel a conversation for hours. Or days. You can get a lot less with a price of a movie ticket these days.


404 of 660 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 854 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

BlacKkKlansman See more »

Filming Locations:

Ossining, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,845,330, 12 August 2018

Gross USA:

$49,275,340

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,400,823
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed