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Crooklyn (1994)

Director: Spike Lee     Starring: Alfre Woodard Delroy Lindo
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40107005
UPC: 025192051524
UPC 14: 00025192051524
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The wife and children of a jobless jazz musician deal with everyday life in 1970's brooklyn.
Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Dolby Digital (5.1) Surround Sound, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/24/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1994
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20515
Video UPC UPC: 00025192051524
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alfre Woodard
Video Cast Info Delroy Lindo
Video Cast Info Spike Lee
Video Cast Info Zelda Harris
Video Cast Info Spike Lee - Director
Video Cast Info Arthur Jafa - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Terence Blanchard - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Jon Kilik - Producer
Video Cast Info Cinque Lee - Writer
Video Cast Info Joie Lee - Writer
Video Cast Info Spike Lee - Writer
Plot Summary
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.

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time..." 06/02/1994 p.75-6

Sight and Sound
"...CROOKLYN is Lee's most personal work...and decidedly his best to date..." 12/01/1994 p.44-5

New York Times
"...The first [Spike Lee film] to display real warmth of heart....[Harris is] a winning young actress....A cheerful celebration of 70's black culture..." 05/13/1994 p.C5

Entertainment Weekly
"...A warm, nostalgic, spilling-over-the-edges effusiveness that is new to Lee's work..." 05/20/1994 p.46

Los Angeles Times
"...Refreshing....Woodard is luminous as always....Also a pleasure is young Zelda Harris..." 05/13/1994 p.F1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Lee's choice of actors is a complete success. The children seem like siblings, and interact in a natural, habituated way..." 05/13/1994 p.39

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
...there aren't many...flaws in Crooklyn...Lee is as talented as any director in capturing an era, and some of the early scenes perfectly recall the mood of the time. As usual, Lee has assembled an excellent cast...

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Woodard,Alfre
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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