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Clockers Based on Richard Price's grim best-seller, and directed by Spike Lee from a screenplay co-written with Price, Clockers takes the structure of a police procedural to build a chilling portrait of despair, hope, and the unanswered problem of black-on-black crime in an urban housing project. The film's haunting themes are vividly visualized during the opening credits, which run over police photos of dead young black men, shot and sprawled on sidewalks, in streets, and hanging over fences. Strike (Mekhi Phifer) is a 19-year-old African-American "clocker" -- the lowest link on the drug dealing chain -- who hangs around park benches and street corners selling small amounts of druges at all hours of the day. Strike drinks chocolate milk to soothe an ulcer and plays with model trains in his apartment, dreaming of a way out of his dead-end life. Drug kingpin Rodney (Delroy Lindo) asks Strike to kill another clocker, Darryl, for skimming money, saying that this will be Strike's ticket to a higher post in Rodney's organization. Darryl is indeed shot, and suspicion immediately falls on Strike, but a weary cop named Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel) thinks there's more to the case. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi
Very Good Movie
Posted by: ALLSTARREVIEWER from: New York on
Excellent movie. Spike Lee does it again. A must watch if you like movies about drugs and violence. I don't usually watch the DVD extras. I'm all about watching the movies.
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A light rain in NYC...
Posted by: nothingtofearmusic from: on
I lived in some neighborhoods that were a little like the one in this film. I never practiced the thug life, I've always been kind of a "goody two shoes"(?#, but anyway; regardless, this film's got a soundtrack comprised of various ambient soul/R&B songs, and the cinematography is rife with a heavily stylized bleakness, very gloomy, even in the scenes taking place in the sunny daylight. It's indeed almost a one of a kind movie. I remember thinking of the parallels between this and Martin Scorsese's BRINGING OUT THE DEAD from a few years after this one, in terms of the visual sensory attack those films both provide. Lo & behold, Martin Scorsese is the "Executive Producer" of this film and was slated to direct it but couldn't do this and CASINO at the same time and didn't want to pass up doing CASINO #I guess Universal Pictures gave Scorsese a limited time offer to direct it...#. Anyway, this film is good. It's a very in your face-visual treat. The ending is a little neat and tidy, but oh well...we all need that glimmer of hope here and there, even if it's only shown through the lens of a filmmaker... would I Recommend to a friend? Uh...I don't have any friends, but if I did, they might be religiously anti-R rated movies or they might be braindead folks who hate anything with a strong emotional resonance...whose to say you have to agree with everything I think/feel to be my friend??
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