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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Daniel Washington ...
Blind Pig Bouncer
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Undercover Cop
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Leon
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Benz Veal ...
Angel Blaise ...
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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Release Date:

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

In this movie Anthony Mackie's character is a Vietnam War Veteran as pararescueman. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and its sequels, Mackie also plays an ex-military as pararescueman (Sam Wilson aka Falcon). See more »

Goofs

The film was set in 1967. The Dramatics sing a line from 'What You See is What You Get' which didn't come out till 1971. See more »

Quotes

Krauss: It's a war zone out there. They're destroying the city.
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Soundtracks

Beg, Borrow and Steal
Written by Joseph Di Francesco and Louis Zerato
Performed by Ohio Express (as The Ohio Express)
Courtesy of Abkco Records
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A Taut Yet Overlong Drama
31 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Detroit is the latest addition to Kathryn Bigelow's lengthy filmography and it is the most Bigelow-esque film you'd come to expect from her. The film displays raw realism with the actors looking very real and naked from their famous personas. The story is jam packed and while I think this source material would have made a much better miniseries, Bigelow makes the story work with sacrificing some facts for the sake of cinema. The big question is: is it as good as the critics say it is? The answer: No. Not Close. But with that being said, it is a damn good movie that is definitely worth seeing.

Telling the story of three murdered African American men in a motel in Detroit during the city's infamous riots and civil rights movement, Detroit stars an all star cast that is certainly better on paper than they are in this film. John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jason Mitchell, Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski, and on and on-but none of them are really served as a main character. Bigelow is so determined on telling the facts of the case that she sacrifices good performances in order to give us a slice of reality. The film plays out like the most expensive reenactment of a tragedy on Investigation Discovery and, when looking at the facts of the case, this is the best compliment I can give the film. It sounds back handed but it is extremely informative even if it is picking a side in all of it. The one thing Bigelow does best is showing a true story like it is unfolding in front of you. She does it brilliantly in The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, but Detroit is where it is to a fault.

With a 140-plus minute running time and a gaggle of characters to keep track of, the story is just too big for a feature film and requires patience. Despite this, Kathryn Bigelow does her best to tame Mark Boal's bloated script to a digestible film and the results are mostly good. The performances from the actors are real, raw and authentic in every aspect but never enough to burst off the screen. Bigelow lets the events unfold and do that for them. Overall, Detroit is certainly a good film in need of an audience just a very patient one.


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