Number of Times Seen – Twice (Cable in the 90’s and 7 Jun 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Following a murder in a poor New York neighborhood the police try and find the culprit.
My Take on it – Another powerful Spike Lee film about the way of life in the “slums” of New York.
The characters all try to do their best to break free of their environment, but it’s easy to see how difficult that truly is when they are faced with the need to do so.
The cast is superb and the various levels of characters adds so much to the way that things play out.
Harvey Keitel, John Turturro and Keith David are all great as cops trying to discover the truth along the way
Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer, Isaiah Washington are also great here in complex roles as characters dealing with the realities of their lives and situations.
The various scenarios that these characters all find themselves in as the story unfolds shows the difficulties of these kind of neighborhoods and that helps show the harsh truth that these characters need to deal with on a day-in, day-out cycle.
This film doesn’t sugarcoat these situations at all and there are some very intense scenes between characters that help emphasize the kind of lives these people lead.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film’s poster, designed by Art Sims, is an homage to the poster for Anatomy of a Murder (1959) which was designed by Saul Bass. Bass was not pleased with the poster and stated in an interview “when anyone steals something, they call it an ‘homage'”. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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