Crooklyn

Crooklyn

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Director: Spike Lee

Cast: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly

     
 

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Spike Lee's tender and nostalgic tale of one family's memorable summer in Brooklyn arrives on DVD courtesy of MCA Home Video. Presented in the original 1.85:1 theatrical widescreen version and featuring a closed captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, this release also offers an additional French Dolby Digital 5.1 track in addition to optional Spanish… See more details below

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Spike Lee's tender and nostalgic tale of one family's memorable summer in Brooklyn arrives on DVD courtesy of MCA Home Video. Presented in the original 1.85:1 theatrical widescreen version and featuring a closed captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, this release also offers an additional French Dolby Digital 5.1 track in addition to optional Spanish subtitles. Extra features include production notes, web links, talent bios, and film highlights.

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Spike Lee takes a break from sensationalism with Crooklyn, a wistful yet uncompromising look at the lower middle-class Brooklyn of his youth. Episodic and told through the eyes of the family's lone daughter, Troy, played by the revelatory Zelda Harris, Crooklyn is rich with atmosphere and classic R&B tunes from the early '70s. But without Lee's usual sociopolitical agendas, it's more of a pleasant diversion than a film of lasting import. To be sure, Lee is still interested in the pulsing dynamics of inner city neighborhoods, notably how the conditions incite argument. But with elements like the wonderful opening credits montage, featuring the diverse range of sidewalk games the children concoct to pass the time, the film takes the softer tone of a labor of love by and about his family. Lee's siblings Joie and Cinque, novice screenwriters, conceal their inexperience with skillful, natural slices of the life they once knew, though it's likely Lee had a far greater hand in the writing. Delroy Lindo and Alfre Woodard give sympathetic performances as parents refreshingly free from dysfunction, other than the father's impractical earnestness about progressing as a musician. The contrast between Southern rural blacks and inner-city blacks, explored during the summer Troy spends with her relatives, also yields interesting insights. Although the director made his reputation on inflammatory subject matter, his foray into more personal territory is a welcome success on its own modest terms.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/1999
UPC:
0025192051524
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:54:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alfre Woodard Carolyn Carmichael
Delroy Lindo Woody Carmichael
David Patrick Kelly Jim
Zelda Harris Troy
Carlton Williams Clinton
Sharif Rashed Wendell
Tse-Mach Washington Joseph
Christopher Knowings Nate
José Zuñiga Tommy La La
Isaiah Washington Vic
Ivelka Reyes Jessica
Spike Lee Snuffy
N.Jeremi Duru Right Hand Man
Frances Foster Aunt Song
Norman Matlock Clem
Patriece Nelson Viola
Vondie Curtis-Hall Uncle Brown
Tiasha Reyes Minnie
Joie Lee Actor
Robi Reed Actor
Bokeem Woodbine Richard
Mildred Clinton Mrs Columbo
Arthur French West Indian Store Manager
Dan Grimaldi Con Ed Man
Christopher Wynkoop TV Evangelist
Keith Wonderboy Johnson Cornell
Michele Shay Drunk Woman
RuPaul Bodega Woman

Technical Credits
Spike Lee Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Barry Alexander Brown Editor
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Ellis Asst. Director
Ted Glass Set Decoration/Design
Preston Holmes Producer
Arthur Jafa Cinematographer
Jon Kilik Producer
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Joie Lee Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Cinqué Lee Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Skip Lievsey Musical Direction/Supervision
Rolf Pardula Sound/Sound Designer
Robi Reed Casting
Monty Ross Co-producer
Chris Shriver Art Director
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer

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