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Clockers (1995)Clockers (1995)

Clockers (1995)

A riveting crime drama - think Spike Lee directing The Wire

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.4

movie

United States of America

English

A-list actors, Action-packed, Suspenseful

1995

Spike Lee

Arthur J. Nascarella, Bray Poor, Brendan Kelly

128 min

Synopsis

Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug lord Rodney Little. When a night manager at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike’s older brother turns himself in as the killer. Det. Rocco Klein doesn’t buy the story, however, setting out to find the truth, and it seems that all the fingers point toward Strike & Rodney.

Our Take

7.4
Igor Fishman

Spike Lee’s adaptation of Richard Price’s novel might appear lesser next to his best work, but it still a gorgeous showcase for all of his talents as a director. Its case is further bolstered by a stacked cast including Delroy Lindo, Harvey Keitel, Mekhi Pfifer, Isaiah Washington, and John Turturro. 

Clockers is set in the world of small-time drug-dealers during the crack epidemic, and much like The Wire (which Price would go on to write for) applies a multifaceted lens to the material. Lee’s uncompromising and emphatic direction lends a gorgeous gravity to the taut drama while top-notch performances fuel the emotional furnace at its core.

 

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