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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.

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Cast

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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.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crooklyn: Uma Família De Pernas Pro Ar  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,640,000
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Trivia

Bokeem Woodbine's film debut. 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

Nate: May I PLEASE be excused?
Carolyn Carmichael: No, you may not. You're gonna sit there until you eat every black eyed pea on your plate.
[to the kids]
Carolyn Carmichael: And when I come home tonight, I want this kitchen clean.
Clinton: [the kids groan] See what you started, Nate? Shoot!
Nate: I HATE Black-eyed peas!
Carolyn Carmichael: Yeah, that's right! There's no reason why your father and I should have to run around here cleaning up after you shifty Negroes!
Clinton: Daddy don't make us clean up, don't you, Daddy?
Woody Carmichael: [Pouring lemonade in glass] I ain't in this. Leave me out of ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

El Pito (I'll Never Go Back To Georgia)
Written by Jimmy Sabater (as Jami Sabater) & Joe Cuba
Performed by Joe Cuba
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A Tresure
9 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing an interview with Neil Simon once who said

that he remebers that during the run of his play "Brightom Beach

Memiors", a black usher would crack up at every performance.

When Simon asked him why he laughed at every performance, the

usher told him "That's my family."

"Crooklyn" had the same effect on me. Just as a black ushers

family must have been light years away from a pre war Jewish

family in Brightom Beach, I can assure you that my childhood was

lightyears away from the Charmichles. True, I grew up in Brooklyn,

but I grew up in a upper middle class white neighborhood in the

early eighties. This world was light years away from the world of

Lee's film, but certain aspects of childhood ring true wether your

from Sachrimento or Siagon.

I think this is Spike's best film after "Do The Right Thing". In some

ways even better. It's one of the best films ever made about

childhood. You have the joy of staying up late and watching "The

Partidge Family". The pain of losing your Mom and having your

Dad thrown out of the house. The humor, as when one of the boys

hits a girl with a cat. This is a magical movie in all respects.


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