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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.

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Cast

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Officer Frank
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Police Sergeant James
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Police Officer Bill
Andrea Eversley ...
Dancer
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Vietnam Vet
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Blind Pig Patron
Tokunbo Joshua Olumide ...
Dave
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Blind Pig Bouncer
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Undercover Cop
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Leon
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Benz Veal ...
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Young Kid #1
Lance Law ...
Young Kid #2
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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It's Time We Knew


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

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4 August 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detroit: Zona de conflicto  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The raid on the "Blind Pig" (Speakeasy) was due to pressure and repeated demands from black Baptist ministers, who hated blind pigs for drawing money to liquor and prostitution that should have gone into collection plates. The ministers urged the white mayor, Jerome Cavanaugh, to shut down the illegal clubs. See more »

Goofs

The paddy wagon that was picking up the rioters/looters loaded up and took off, a second later the same paddy wagon pulled back up empty to reload. They had the same license plate IJ062. See more »

Quotes

Krauss: [to Greene] You don't talk about this to anyone, ever.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Song of the South (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want to Talk About You
Written by Billy Eckstine
Performed by John Coltrane
Courtesy of Prestige Records
By arrangement with Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Interesting and intense from the opening scene until the last.
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'DETROIT': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

The new crime drama based on the racially charged Algiers Motel incident, during the 1967 12th Street riot in Detroit (the film was released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the horrific incident). The movie was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and it was written by acclaimed journalist/screenwriter Mark Boal (the duo also performed the same duties on both 2008's Best Picture winner 'THE HURT LOCKER', and 2012's Best Picture nominee 'ZERO DARK THIRTY'). The film stars John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O'Toole, John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie (who also costarred in 'THE HURT LOCKER'). It's received almost unanimous positive reviews from critics, and it's also a modest hit at the Box Office as well. I found it to be extremely well made and involving.

The film begins with a police raid of a private party, in 1967 Detroit, which then resulted in multiple days of rioting. The story then centers on a police raid of the Algiers Motel, on July 25th, where police believed a sniper fired on them from. The raid resulted in the terrorizing of several black suspects, and two white women, and the deaths of some of those involved. The story then shifts to the court room battle that followed the incident.

The movie is interesting, and pretty intense, from pretty much the opening scene until the last. All of the performances are good in it as well, and of course Bigelow's direction is almost flawless. For me the film was also very educational, as I knew very little about these events in history (prior to seeing the movie). I think the film is yet another great example of what a talented filmmaker Bigelow is, and obviously her and Boal make a great team together too. It's also cool to see Boyega in another strong starring role; a 'STAR WARS' actor that's actually making a name for himself (outside of the franchise) is always good to see.

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