Directed By: Spike Lee Starring: Mekhi Phifer Harvey Keitel

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by Dan Dawdanow on 7/20/1999

Harvey Keitel, Delroy Lindo, and new commer Mekhi Phifer give powerfull performances. The teaming of Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese create an Urban Drama, based on the novel by Richard Price.

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A young drug dealer'S life goes out of control when a competitor is murdered and The cops seem all too eager to accept the confession of the dealers' Straight-arrow brother.


Studio Universal
SKU 40105285
UPC 025192001628
UPC 14 00025192001628
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2015
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Spike Lee examines the violent world of urban drug dealing through the eyes of Strike (Mekhi Phifer), a 19-year-old "clocker," short for round-the-clock pusher. Strike agrees to kill a fellow employee of his boss Rodney Little (Delroy Lindo), an influential, popular drug lord. But when the hit goes down, it is Strike's moral, law-abiding brother Victor (Isaiah Washington) who confesses, shocking everyone. The detective assigned to the case, Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel), doesn't believe Victor--the more that Klein, along with others in Strike's life, start putting the heat on, the more the clocker finds himself up against the wall. The question is: Who is the real killer? A gritty, realistic adaptation of Richard Price's best-selling novel, Lee's film is also one of his most highly invigorating. Shooting with a gritty, washed-out film stock, with startling moments of saturated primary color, CLOCKERS feels like a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the daily lives of a group of New York City drug dealers, featuring a star-making performance by Phifer.
Plot Summary
Summary An up-and-coming Brooklyn "clocker" (an all-hours crack cocaine dealer) has his existence turned upside down when his law-abiding brother takes the rap for the murder of a rival dealer. A gritty, realistic adaptation of Richard Price's best-selling novel, the film is shot in provocative, evocative style by Spike Lee, starring Delroy Lindo, Harvey Keitel, Isaiah Washington, and Mekhi Phifer.
Rolling Stone "...CLOCKERS thunders home with the bruising urgency of a story that needs to be told..." 09/21/1995 p.89-90
USA Today "...Powerful....Lee captures the despair, self-delusion, occasional terror and frequent humor of a praised and popular novel..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 09/13/1995 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "...Electrifying....A work of staggering intelligence and emotional force..." -- Rating: A 09/22/1995 p.62
Variety "...Lindo oozes command and charisma..." 09/04/1995
Los Angeles Times "...CLOCKERS, Lee's eighth feature in nine years, demonstrates how accomplished a filmmaker he has become, securely in control of plot, actors and imagery..." 09/13/1995 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...Lee, a born filmmaker, moves among the points of view....Lee finds poetry and humor in all of his stories..." 09/13/1995 p.39
Spike Lee
Mekhi Phifer
Harvey Keitel
Cast & Crew
Delroy Lindo - Actor
Harvey Keitel - Actor
John Turturro - Actor
Mekhi Phifer - Actor
Richard Price - Based On Novel By
Spike Lee - Director
Malik Hassan Sayeed - Director of Photography
Terrence Blanchard, et al. - Musical Score
Martin Scorsese, et al. - Producer
Spike Lee - Screenplay
Richard Price - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 20016
UPC 00025192001628
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 129 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review ...has the strengths of Lee's best work... What makes Clockers so special, and so superior to most drug-and-gun potboilers, is the skill with which it penetrates it characters' lives...
Reviewer Edward Guthmann
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource USA Today
Review ...Lee captures the despair, self-delusion, occasional terror and frequent humor of a praised and popular novel, aided by the potent acting his direction virtually guarantees...
Reviewer Mike Clark
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Siskel & Ebert Two very big thumbs up.

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