Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

Director: Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Octavia L. Spencer, Melonie Diaz

Cast: Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Octavia L. Spencer, Melonie Diaz

     
 

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Filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature directorial debut with this drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a vibrant 22-year-old Bay Area father who was senselessly gunned down by BART officers on New Year's Day in 2009, and whose murder sent shockwaves through the

Overview

Filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature directorial debut with this drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a vibrant 22-year-old Bay Area father who was senselessly gunned down by BART officers on New Year's Day in 2009, and whose murder sent shockwaves through the nation after being captured on camera by his fellow passengers. Octavia L. Spencer, Melonie Diaz, and Kevin Durand co-star.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Writer/director Ryan Coogler's debut feature, Fruitvale Station, is one of those first films that announces that a major talent has hit the scene. It's a humanistic, deeply observed portrait of a 22-year-old African-American named Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a name that might be familiar to some from headlines a few years ago. Grant is an ex-convict trying to do right by his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz) and their beautiful kindergarten-age daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal), as well as his strong-willed mother Wanda (Octavia Spencer). Coogler begins the film with grainy cell-phone footage of what appear to be cops lording over a group of handcuffed men, and the antagonism between the groups grows violent. Immediately after that, we are introduced to Oscar in bed with Sophina as the two have a conversation about how committed he is to her. With this one intimate scene, Coogler establishes his lead character's emotional makeup. He's volatile, both quick to anger and quick to love, but not in a cartoonish way. Jordan has the ability to turn on a dime emotionally and then turn back within a single scene, and it's a riveting performance. He's helped greatly by the rest of the cast, who all act as if they are used to this behavior from Oscar. When he gets mad, he's not threatening; he's just upset and they know he will cool down. Not much happens during the movie's first hour aside from a nearly documentary-like presentation of a day in Oscar's life, during which he helps throw a birthday party for his mother, tries to convince his ex-boss to rehire him, and goes to San Francisco with his girlfriend for a fun New Year's Eve. However, the last act of the film returns us to the scene presented in the opening images, and as those moments play out, Coogler's achievement becomes apparent. Fruitvale Station feels like Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, if Lee's major influence had been John Cassavetes instead of Vincente Minnelli. In 60 minutes we get a full portrait of what Oscar's life is like, and we understand what he has to overcome -- both internally and externally -- in order to become the person he wants to be. The events at the end of the movie remind us that tragedies happen on a daily basis, and they can happen to anyone at any time. It's a picture that could easily and rightfully dwell in righteous anger, but Coogler has much deeper goals. He's made a film that, with a low-key style that gets under your skin, poignantly affirms the difficulty, beauty, and preciousness of life.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2014
UPC:
0013132607825
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
R
Source:
Twc
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
25,262

Special Features

Fruitvale Station: the story of Oscar Grant; Q&A with cast & filmmakers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael B. Jordan Oscar Grant
Octavia L. Spencer Wanda
Melonie Diaz Sophina
Kevin Durand Officer Caruso
Ahna O'Reilly Katie
Chad Michael Murray Officer Ingram
Ariana Neal Tatiana
Keenan Coogler Cato
Trestin George Brandon
Joey Oglesby Cale
Michael James Carlos
Marjorie Shears Grandma Bonnie
Destiny Ekweume Chantay
Bianca Rodriguez Vanessa
Julian Keyes Kris
Kenny Griffin Jason
Thomas Wright Tim
Jemal McNeil Cephus
Steven Craig Johnson Daryl
Alejandra Nolasco Officer Salazar
Alex Garcia Officer Sanchez
Marvin Greene Mr. Mason
Laurel Moglen Mrs. Mason
Victor Toman Emi
Herman Tsui Marcus
Liisa Cohen Tenisha
Darren Bridgett Peter
Caroline Lesley Steph
Lucena Herrera Rose
Brian Richardson Lead Surgeon
Razon Tramble Nurse
Maya Tapia Mariana
Nassir "Sammy" Zughayer Sammy
Patrick Sieler Paramedic 1
Tom Cokenias Corrections Officer 1
Wanda Johnson Mrs. Stacy
Christina Elmore Ashae
Tamera Tomakili Lauren
Chris Riedell Joe
Denzel Worthington Darius
Alan C. Foster Corrections Officer 2
Saul Ramirez Corrections Officer 3
Charmaine Davis Register Nurse
Jonez Cain Danae
Jasmin James Karen
Chris Morocco Donald
Robert Aljouny Officer Newsom
Noah Staggs Officer Davidson
Kurt Cotton BART Cop
Nick Crispen BART Cop
Dustin Miller BART Cop
Sergio Valle BART Cop
William Enzoe Bayley Male Paramedic
Jennifer Nicole Female Paramedic
Lola Preza Cale's Girlfriend
Levi Zavala Cale's Son
Jason Garcia Cale's Friend
William Gochez Cale's Friend
Tristan Gray Cale's Friend
Ruben Rivera Cale's Friend
Kassandra Cesar Eilly
Israel Cesar Angelo
Tatiyana Gomez Lala
Noah Zavala Isaac
Maleah Nipay Padilla Alena
Nicole Maxali Surgical Nurse 1
Jessica Clark Surgical Nurse 2
John Burke Surgeon
Monty Paulson Surgeon
Matthew Ward Surgeon
Spencer Kalin-Mulder Resident Doctor
Della Hamlin Fruitvale Station Agent
James Mastel Hayward Station Agent
Guzman Leonel Young Teenager
Reggie Rahming Young Teenager

Technical Credits
Ryan Coogler Director,Screenwriter
Hannah Beachler Production Designer
Aurora Bergere Makeup
Nina Yang Bongiovi Producer
Twinkie Byrd Casting
Claudia Castello Editor
Michael Chow Executive Producer
Ludwig Göransson Score Composer
Antonio Grana Asst. Director
Haroula Rose Musical Direction/Supervision
Nina Henninger Casting
Jonathan Leahy Musical Direction/Supervision
Gerard McMurray Associate Producer
Rachel Morrison Cinematographer
Sev Ohanian Co-producer
Manish Raval Musical Direction/Supervision
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael P. Shawver Editor
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Forest Whitaker Producer
Tom Wolfe Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fruitvale Station
1. Scene 1 [4:55]
2. Scene 2 [5:24]
3. Scene 3 [5:09]
4. Scene 4 [5:33]
5. Scene 5 [7:50]
6. Scene 6 [8:16]
7. Scene 7 [6:18]
8. Scene 8 [4:38]
9. Scene 9 [4:49]
10. Scene 10 [5:21]
11. Scene 11 [7:55]
12. Scene 12 [3:26]
13. Scene 13 [3:13]
14. Scene 14 [4:07]
15. Scene 15 [2:54]
16. Scene 16 [5:01]

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