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Crooklyn (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 13 May 1994 (USA)
Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.

Director:

Spike Lee

Writers:

Joie Lee (story) (as Joie Susannah Lee), Joie Lee (screenplay) (as Joie Susannah Lee) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfre Woodard ... Carolyn
Delroy Lindo ... Woody
David Patrick Kelly ... Tony Eyes / Jim
Zelda Harris ... Troy
Carlton Williams Carlton Williams ... Clinton
Sharif Rashed Sharif Rashed ... Wendell
Tse-Mach Washington Tse-Mach Washington ... Joseph
Christopher Knowings Christopher Knowings ... Nate
José Zúñiga ... Tommy La La (as José Zuniga)
Isaiah Washington ... Vic
Ivelka Reyes Ivelka Reyes ... Jessica
Spike Lee ... Snuffy
N. Jeremi Duru N. Jeremi Duru ... Right Hand Man
Frances Foster Frances Foster ... Aunt Song
Norman Matlock ... Clem
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Storyline

Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | Italian | English

Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crooklyn: Uma Família de Pernas pro Ar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,209,475, 15 May 1994

Gross USA:

$13,642,861

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,642,861
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film is loosely based on lives of Spike Lee and his siblings (who co-wrote the script). See more »

Goofs

In the store, Troy buys a bag of chips, lemon heads, bazooka gum, licorice, fireballs and Boston baked beans. When she gets home all of the boys pull out all of the candy from the bag and Troy is seen eating a candy necklace, obviously something she did not buy. See more »

Quotes

Carolyn: Damn it, Woody, you bounced another check.
Woody: I thought we had it covered. I'll get some money.
Carolyn: When?
Woody: When? What do you think I'm doing right here? Gem, Let me just finish this music.
Carolyn: That's what I've always done. The problem is your music's not bringing anything into the house but music.
Woody: Gem, the money will come.
Carolyn: I'm waiting. I'm back teaching school again, and I am waiting, Woody.
Woody: Just keep doing what you're doing, Gem. Now you know it wasn't always like this. I made money before. I'll make ...
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits play over old footage of several episodes of "Soul Train". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stolen Summer (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can See Clearly Now
Written and Performed by Johnny Nash
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User Reviews

SO sad and funny
15 November 2004 | by DLaing22See all my reviews

I always had a thing for this movie; it's just all-around

entertaining and fun and hilarious, then heartrendingly sad...

all of that in this cooler-than-cool atmosphere of '75 Brooklyn.

Any movie that will make you laugh and cry as hard this one is a perfect film experience to me.

It is at times uneven and glaringly annoying, but that's easily overrided by so many great qualities like those kids and the acting by everyone.

I'm seventeen but I wish I lived in 1975 Brooklyn 'cuz it looked like the richness of life!


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