Rosewood [DVD] [1997]

  • SKU: 3197329
  • Release Date: 05/15/2007
  • Rating: R
$9.99

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 8)

    Special Features


    • (feature film only)
    • Commentary by director John Singleton
    • Languages: English & Español
    • Production notes
    • Subtitles: English, Français & Español
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Rosewood
    Rosewood is the true story of an almost unknown incident in a small Florida town, (fictionalized, but faithful to the known facts, as documented in a 1994 report by the Florida Legislature). The town was inhabited almost entirely by quiet, "middle-class" African- Americans (most of them home and land owners and better off than average at the time.) On New Year's day, 1923, the town was wiped off the face of the earth by angry whites from a neighboring community. Based on palpably false testimony by a single white woman against one "Black" stranger, many of the men of Rosewood were hunted down and lynched, or shot, or burned. The rest of the town's residents fled into the swamps and never returned. At the time, official reports stated that two to six people from the black community were slain. Neither the perpetrators nor the victims spoke of the incident again, which was promptly forgotten until 1983 when a reporter stumbled across the old story and began investigating. Interviews with surviving victims indicated that the previous reports were wrong; in reality, between 70 and 250 people were killed in Rosewood during the four-day attack. The film is a human story, about human envy, greed and lust, about the totally insane psychology of a mob, but also about the courage and decency of common folks facing an unbelievable onslaught of evil. The courage of the black residents is self evident, and the decency on the part of a few white neighbors is reluctant, until they realize that they can't live with themselves if they don't help the woman and children to escape. The most notable black heroes are Sylvester (Don Cheadle) -- a music teacher and the best-educated man in town -- and Mann (Ving Rhames) -- a stranger on horseback with Samson-like strength who becomes the focus of white hatred and black resistance. The penny-pinching, adulterous town grocer John Wright (John Voight), one of the few white residents, also plays a key role in saving lives, but before he does, he must resolve painful racial issues and make a difficult personal choice. Eventually, though, he sees enough of the mob's evil to know what he must do, and with the help of the reluctant owner-operators of the Gainesville railway, he does it. John Singleton's powerful epic film does not present a "comfortable" view of the circumstances of this grim, little-known page from American history. ~ Michael P. Rogers, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jon Voight
      Jon Voight - John Wright
    • Ving Rhames
      Ving Rhames - Mann
    • Don Cheadle
      Don Cheadle - Sylvester Carrier
    • Bruce McGill
      Bruce McGill - Duke
    • Loren Dean
      Loren Dean - James Taylor



    Customer rating

    4.4
    88%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Shocking,Cruelty beyond belief

      Posted
      Moneymakesworldgoround113
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      In 1923, a prosperous black town in Florida was burned to the ground, its people hunted and murdered, all because a white woman falsely claimed that a black man sexually assaulted her. This woman's husband knew deep down she was a tramp but chose not to face up to it. Shocking to learn another man who initiated,ignited the townspeople to violently react in this manner was aware of the truth from the beginning. Hard to watch but a excellent movie. Great acting and storyline that's difficult to watch. The movie demonstrates just how cruel people can be when it comes racism. I'm a movie buff but had never seen this film. Heart wrenching to watch one human being treating another like an animal. Sparing no one, burying those they killed in a mass grave. The terrible acts that were committed reminded me of the horrible, mind boggling history of the holocaust. One shining light was the young child who lost respect for his cruel, prejudiced father teaching him to follow in his footsteps by example utilizing bullying tactics. This man was the worst of them all.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      LOVE THIS MOVIE.

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      MILLIEB61
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      I love this movie. I didn't know at the time that I watched this movie, that it was a true story. This is a part of history that should be mentioned, but you never hear anything about it. A great movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Half of the movie played

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      disappointed
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      I was very disappointed that I did not see the entire movie. Half way through, the movie was cut off. I tried to move past the point it stopped, but the dvd started again from the beginning.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      VERY GOOD MOVIE

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      HARRDUP
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      THE MOVIE WAS VERY GOOD AND JON VOIGHT PLAYED A GOOD ROLE AS A RIGHTOUS SAVIOR OF BLACKS. VING RHAMES WAS THE REAL DEAL

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Historical Movie

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      LoLo
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      I was thrilled to find this on Bestbuy.com. I expected to ay more, but i got it at a great price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic movie!

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      TheyCallMeDrama
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      When I saw this dvd so cheap, I had to buy it! So many classic scenes!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie!!

      Posted
      peaceandlove
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      I've been wanting this movie for a long time and finally decided to buy it for my movie collection!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent

      Posted
      Divine2Mom
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      Enjoyed watching movie with children and being able to discuss.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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