DVD Crooklyn (DVD 13940),
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  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
    • Rating - for drug content
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20515

  • Credits
    Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly
  • Critic Reviews
    "...This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...CROOKLYN is Lee's most personal work...and decidedly his best to date..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...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..."
    New York Times

    "...A warm, nostalgic, spilling-over-the-edges effusiveness that is new to Lee's work..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Refreshing....Woodard is luminous as always....Also a pleasure is young Zelda Harris..."
    Los Angeles Times

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

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