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Crooklyn (1994)

  • Starring: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 115 min.

Staff Picks Series Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen. June’s pick was made by Tom Hembree.
After the stress and success of Malcolm X the year before - Spike took it down a notch and teamed up with his sister, Joie Lee (who plays Aunt Maxine in the film), to write the screenplay for Crooklyn, loosely based on their childhood in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Some call it Spike’s “quietest” film - but it’s still full of the complexities of growing up and raising a family, in any neighborhood. Touching on issues of class, artistic integrity, the compromise and sacrifice that comes with adulthood, and the bittersweet nature of growing up - all with a perfect soundtrack.
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Summary: Make yourself at home with the Carmichael family as they experience one very special summer in their Brooklyn neighborhood that they’ve affectionately nicknamed “Crooklyn”. A loving, but fiercely independent mother along with her musician husband (Delroy Lindo) struggles to raise her family in difficult but often wonderful circumstances. (Universal Studios)

"Harris' Troy ranks with Mary Badham's Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird as one of the most affecting child performances ever captured on film. This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time. "
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"On its own intimate terms, it's one of the most winning films on family life to reach the screen in ages. "
- David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"'Crooklyn,' which stars Alfre Woodard and Delroy Lindo, is a dynamic, spirited rendering of African American family life during the early 1970s. Modulating from heavy to light, from angry to lyrical, and so on, the movie's an enjoyable, emotional symphony."
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post

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