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Rosewood

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Limited theatrical release: December 20, 1996; wide theatrical release: January 17, 1997. The film was shot in Lake County and Sanford, Florida, in the vicinity of the original Rosewood. John Wright's house remains on the site of Rosewood. The events that took place in Rosewood were kept secret until 1982. That year Gary Moore, a reporter on an assignment for the St. Petersburg Times, happened to notice that Florida's Levy County had no black residents. His subsequent investigation turned up 20 survivors of the incident. He published the story of Rosewood, which was covered by 60 MINUTES in 1983. The state of Florida payed reparations to the families, but placed the number of deaths at only eight. Historians came to believe, however, that the total number of people killed was in fact between 70 and 250. Arnett Doctor (played in the film by James Edward Coleman II), a survivor of Rosewood, had researched the event extensively, and spoke to Singleton and his crew. A version of the escape on the train actually occurred.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 116324

  • Credits
    Ving Rhames, Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Esther Rolle, Michael Rooker
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A pair of superb performances gracefully break the mold. Jon Voight delivers a complex and ultimately sympathetic portrayal..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...[Singleton] works with a solid, emotionally heated craftsmanship....He gets a fine, soul-troubled performance out of Jon Voight..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...An impressive film....Its message continues to be relevant..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...[Singleton] handles his big cast effortlessly, establishing a good sense of community life....A well-made film that tells a gripping, important story..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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