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Title:
Clockers
Author:
Lee, Spike.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Universal City, CA : Universal Home Video, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (129 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Two brothers grow up together in the same Brooklyn housing projects, but they are as opposite as good and evil. Victor Dunham has a family, works two jobs and leads a respectable life. His 19-year-old brother, Strike, hangs out with his friends on a bench and sells crack cocaine. Strike agrees to kill a rival dealer as a favor to Rodney, the neighborhood drug kingpin, but when the man is murdered, it is Victor who confesses. Detective Rocco Kleine won't buy Victor's confession, and begins to attempt to break down the stories of both brothers in order to save Victor.
General Note:
Widescreen

Based on the book by Richard Price.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1995.

Special features: production notes; cast & filmmakers' bios; theatrical trailer; web links.

Closed-captioned.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Rated R.
ISBN:
9780783230443
Format :
DVD

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Summary

Time is running out for Strike Dunham, a young drug dealer whose world spins out of control after a competitor is murdered. Strike is caught between the frenzied pursuit of a homicide cop, Detective Rocco Klein & a narcotics kingpin, Rodney Little, who is bent on protecting his territory at any cost. As the murder mystery unravels, Rocco is determined to break down the stories & reach the truth.


Summary

Based on Richard Price's grim best-seller, and directed by Spike Lee from a screenplay co-written with Price, Clockers takes the structure of a police procedural to build a chilling portrait of despair, hope, and the unanswered problem of black-on-black crime in an urban housing project. The film's haunting themes are vividly visualized during the opening credits, which run over police photos of dead young black men, shot and sprawled on sidewalks, in streets, and hanging over fences. Strike (Mekhi Phifer) is a 19-year-old African-American "clocker" -- the lowest link on the drug dealing chain -- who hangs around park benches and street corners selling small amounts of druges at all hours of the day. Strike drinks chocolate milk to soothe an ulcer and plays with model trains in his apartment, dreaming of a way out of his dead-end life. Drug kingpin Rodney (Delroy Lindo) asks Strike to kill another clocker, Darryl, for skimming money, saying that this will be Strike's ticket to a higher post in Rodney's organization. Darryl is indeed shot, and suspicion immediately falls on Strike, but a weary cop named Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel) thinks there's more to the case. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi