Crooklyn (Blu-ray) PG-13

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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: February 4, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 30


User Ratings: 11,356
Rating: 4/5 -- Nuanced depiction of a black family in Brooklyn; language. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Sep 16, 2019
...This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time...
Rolling Stone
Jun 2, 1994
...CROOKLYN is Lee's most personal work...and decidedly his best to date...
Sight and Sound
Dec 1, 1994
...Lee's choice of actors is a complete success. The children seem like siblings, and interact in a natural, habituated way...
Chicago Sun-Times
May 13, 1994
...A warm, nostalgic, spilling-over-the-edges effusiveness that is new to Lee's work...
Entertainment Weekly
May 20, 1994
Lee is a great self-promoter. After all his press releases and all his interviews, we are given films that are sketchy, unfelt and distancing -- incidents in Lee's career, the only drama that really interests him. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Sep 23, 2008
Rating: 3/4 -- Lee is as talented as any director is capturing an era, and some of the early scenes perfectly recall the mood of the time. The pop soundtrack may be a little too obvious, but it gets the job done. Full Review
Jan 1, 2000

Product Description:

With CROOKLYN, Spike Lee revisits through the eyes of a young girl the Brooklyn of his youth, resulting in an innocent, touching comedy about one summer in the life of a large family. The only sister in a family full of boys, Troy Carmichael (Zelda Harris) has to be strong, smart and quick with her fists if necessary. Although they argue more than they talk, the Carmichaels draw from a deep well of love for one another. Over the course of the summer, Troy weathers her parents' separation and reconciliation (characters played with deep sincerity by Alfre Woodard and Delroy Lindo), takes a wild visit to her cousin's in Virginia, and must learn to cope with personal tragedy when it strikes. Lee co-scripted the film with siblings Joie and Cinque--who claim that it isn't strictly autobiographical--yet CROOKLYN rings true with a nostalgia and detail that makes it feel like a home movie. Flexing his technical skills, Lee shot all of the Virginia scenes with a distorted lens to reflect Troy's confusion with her new surroundings. Featuring an onslaught of 1970s pop culture references and a seemingly endless pop music soundtrack, CROOKLYN yet remains a universal viewing experience.

Plot Synopsis:

A slice African-American urban life in early 1970s, CROOKLYN focuses on the good- humored Carmichael family whose center of gravity is their mother (Alfre Woodard), a hard-working schoolteacher. Around her are one dependable daughter (Zelda Harris) four obnoxious younger sons and a stubborn jazz musician husband (Delroy Lindo) who refuses to let go of his dreams. Seeped in 1970s nostalgia, this film highlights the events, large and small, that dot one girl's journey from childhood to womanhood.


Production Notes:

  • CROOKLYN was released theatrically in May 1994.
  • The film was shot on location in Brooklyn, New York.
  • The script for CROOKLYN was jointly written by Joie Susannah Lee, Spike Lee and their brother Cinqué Lee. According to interviews with the Lee family trio, Cinqué and Joie Susannah wrote the initial screenplay. Spike told reporters that his contribution was minimal--apparently he only rewrote the screenplay to give the script some structure. This is the first script Spike Lee has coauthored with siblings.
  • CROOKLYN is a semi-autobiographical work. The Lees claim, however, that it isn't really based on their family. "This is a fictitious family, very, very, loosely based on my recollections growing up," Spike told reporters. According to the Lees, CROOKLYN is really a composite of childhood experiences, not all of which are taken from their family.
  • Zelda Harris, the 9-year old who plays Troy in CROOKLYN, was pulled from an open audition of more than 1,000 children. Before the film, Zelda appeared in an episode of I'LL FLY AWAY and on public television's SESAME STREET.
  • Trumpeter Terence Blanchard, a key figure in the resurgence of jazz composition for film, has composed two scores for Spike Lee besides CROOKLYN: JUNGLE FEVER and MALCOLM X.
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