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Clockers

WHEN THERE’S MURDER ON THE STREETS, EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT.

When a drug dealer is shot to death in Brooklyn, a local man (Isaiah Washington) claims to be the shooter‚Ķ but homicide detective Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel) starts thinking that his younger brother (Mekhi Phifer) is a more likely suspect. Spike Lee’s portrayal of life in the streets for a gang of clockers (dealers) got good reviews but flopped in theaters ‚Äď which is a shame, because this is intensely angry and relevant filmmaking. That is specially true in scenes between Phifer (an eye-opener in his first movie) and Keitel (great as always), who keep clashing with each other. A stylish look at race relations and how the street’s worst ills go down in generations.

1995-U.S. 129 min. Color.¬†Produced by¬†Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Jon Kilik.¬†Directed by¬†Spike Lee.¬†Screenplay:¬†Spike Lee, Richard Price.¬†Novel:¬†Richard Price.¬†Cast:¬†Harvey Keitel (Rocco Klein), John Turturro (Larry Mazilli), Delroy Lindo (Rodney Little), Mekhi Phifer (Ronald “Strike” Dunham), Isaiah Washington, Keith David‚Ķ Spike Lee.¬†

Trivia: Scorsese first intended to direct the movie, with Robert De Niro as Rocco Klein; as producer, Scorsese then suggested Keitel instead.

Last word: “I was leery of directing in this black gangsta, hip-hop, shoot-’em-up genre.¬†No disrespect for De Niro,¬†but when he left, I was able to change the focus.” (Lee, The New York Times)

 

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