Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Kyme and Tisha Campbell-Martin's matching kneepads in the Straight and Nappy scene were not part of the wardrobe. Campbell-Martin had a knee injury, and the stylist gave Kyme kneepads to match. See more »
During "I Don't Want To Be Alone Tonight," the Gamma Rays' black gloves go from above the elbow, to below the elbow, and back again between shots. See more »
You talk more shit than a little bit! BACK TO MOTHER AF-RI-CA! That's bullshit! Without question we are ALL Black Americans! You don't know a god damn thing about AF-RI-CA! I am from Detroit. Motown. So you can watusi your monkey ass back to AF-RI-CA if you want to!
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We've Already Said Goodbye (Before We Said Hello)
Music and Lyrics by Raymond Jones
String Arrangements by Claire Fisher
Performed by Pieces of Dream with Portia Griffin
James Lloyd - Piano
Curtis Harmon - Drums
Cedrick Napoleon - Bass Guitar Branford Marsalis - Tenor Saxophone Portia Griffin - Vocals
Produced by Raymond Jones
Zubaidah Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Branford Marsalis appears courtesy of CBS Records, Inc. See more »
Mission College is a leading black college in Atlanta. Dap (Laurence Fishburne) leads the politically active group advocating for the school to divest from South Africa. He is opposed by the head of the college fraternity, Julian Eaves (Giancarlo Esposito). Jane Toussaint (Tisha Campbell-Martin) is Julian's girlfriend. Dap's cousin Darrell (Spike Lee) is actually a lowly pledge at the fraternity. Along with their girlfriends and the school faculty, most of the population is divided into two camps based on their political views, skin color, and even hair.
It's real interesting that Spike Lee is exploring black consciousness within their own community. It tackles some important black social divides. Lee's often surreal touches do detracts from the main topic and don't get me started with the musical aspect. The old Hollywood musical scenes completely take the movie out of its time and place. The story starts to lose its anchor to reality. The beginning with the South Africa protest has such a great sense of time. It does hurt to see the movie drift from time to time.
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