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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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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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Trivia

Delroy Lindo & Isaiah Washington would go on to star together again in Romeo Must Die (2000). See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, Troy is playing stick ball wearing moccasin shoes, in the next scene, she is still wearing the moccasin shoes. 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 money again.
Carolyn:
Woody:
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The Directors: The Films of Spike Lee (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Everyday People
Written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
Used by permission of Mijac Music
All rights administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Performed by Sly and the Family Stone
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Personal, Endearing, Comical
17 August 2002 | by Monet11744See all my reviews

I thought this was a very personal, heartwarming and funny movie that also touched on very real social issues. It deals with the complications involved in family life like love, break up, sibling rivalry and making ends meet while also trying to lead a happy fulfilling life. It deals with the pains of loss and of struggle, the issues facing urban communities....self-perceptions and growing. Spike does all of this while giving a light and loving perspective to some hard issues. It is comical and endearing as you see all of these situations played out through the eyes of a young girl, trying to grow up. The odd struggle and perceptions of reality that we all face coming up...the embarrassment of a family, the neighborhood bully, etc....all gets played out in this summer classic.

--Not to mention the cinematography is wonderful and interesting.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crooklyn 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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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