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Clockers [DVD] [1996] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Harvey Keitel , John Turturro , Spike Lee    DVD
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  • Actors: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer, Isaiah Washington
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Writers: Spike Lee, Richard Price
  • Producers: Jon Kilik, Martin Scorsese, Monty Ross, Richard Price, Rosalie Swedlin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jan 1999
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783230443
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,522 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on the riveting bestseller by Richard Price, this 1995 crime drama was directed by Spike Lee with such authority and authenticity that it has the hyper-real quality of a stylised documentary. Fully capturing the thoroughly researched detail of Price's novel, the film focuses on Strike (Mekhi Phifer), a young, ambitious "clocker"--or drug dealer--who works the streets of his New York housing project, selling drugs for a local supplier named Rodney (played with ferocious charisma by Delroy Lindo). Just as Strike is struggling to get away from his dead-end life of crime, another dealer is murdered in a fast-food restaurant and local detectives (Harvey Keitel, John Turturro) consider Strike the primary suspect. In cowriting the script with novelist Price, Lee uses this murder mystery to explore the plague of guns and black-on-black crime in America's inner cities, in which drugs and death are familiar routines of daily life. The film doesn't pretend to offer solutions, nor does it dwell on the problem with numbing insistence. Rather, this taut, well-acted film takes the viewer into a world often hidden in plain sight--a world where options seem nonexistent for youth conditioned to have little or no expectation beyond a probable early death. Lee and Price are deadly serious in handling this volatile subject (which incorporates racism, powerless law enforcement, and political indifference), but Clockers is also blessed with humor, insight, and humanity. It's one of Lee's most confidently directed films, signaling a creative maturity that Lee continued to develop throughout the 1990s. --Jeff Shannon

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5.0 out of 5 stars top film 14 Nov 2013
By cmac
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Clockers is, in my opinion a gem of a film with a gritty and realistic storyline with very strong lead and supporting roles. Harvey is excellent as always, now all i need now is Mean Streets to make me even happier, hopefully it will be available fairly soon, without having to import. I never thought i would see this release on blu ray, but thankfully the makers decided to do it justice and transfer to blu ray, and they have done a fine job of putting to blu ray, and the audio quality is a vast improvement on the dvd release. As for those posters who give films one star because things did not arrive or do not work, 2 words, STOP IT !! It bugs the life out of me when they do that, take it up with amazon and keep your snivelling away from reviews, it reflects badly on the product, and you as a "reviewer"
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Clockers is directed by Spike Lee who also co-adapts the screenplay with Richard Price from Price's own novel of the same name. It stars Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer, Isaiah Washington, Keith David, Peewee Love and Regina Taylor. Music is scored by Terence Blanchard and cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.

Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn (Clockers) are caught between loyalty to their drug boss and the detectives out to stop them.

It's not as incendiary as one might expect of a Spike Lee joint, but the director's concerns and astute knack for story telling are very prominent features. It was originally going to be a Martin Scorses film, but he chose to make Casino instead, he does, however, get a producing credit and you can see in the material why Scorsese was interested in directing. Pic is basically a take on urban drug dealing in the Brooklyn projects and the impact said dealing has on anyone who comes into contact with it. From the downward spiral of life for young men earning their pay by illegal means, to fretful mothers desperately trying to keep pe-teen kiddies from joining the ranks of what they think are cool operators, the morality of the play is forcibly rammed home by Lee. Unfortunately this comes at a cost to the white cop characters, who are too thinly drawn to offer up a law and order counter point to the illegal activity involving drugs and murder, they serve only as the "man", and damn the "man" at that. The Rocco Klein (Keitel) of the book is not evident here, sadly, while Torturo may as well not be in it! Cast performances are well in tune with the material, with Lindo as the "black godfather" turning in a scary one, and Lee's camera-work, coupled with Sayeed's moody photography, has a nifty grasp of realism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Spike Lee 18 July 2010

With Scorsese behind the scenes and Lee behind the camera, and based upon an important novel, you know something's gonna happen: despite being about 12 minutes too long, and featuring a sometimes tentative Keitel - a great character actor who at times can show his limitations, we have a immensely satisfying...and disturbing film.

Newcomer Mekhi Phifer absolutely holds his own with all the veterans, and (for the time, new veteran) Michael Imperioli of "Goodfellas" and "The Sopranos". He has some memorable "slice of life" encounters with his Boss, played in Oscar-worthy fashion by Delroy Lindo.

Film shows that in 1995, alot of the same problems plague the Black community and create despair and irrational choices. The by-the-book Police Department shows up on the hustling scene and maks their arrests; sometimes they provide counsel.

Rodney, the now established "Clocker", comes from a struggling and supportive home; his Brother manages *two* jobs, both legitimate. But will the impossible conditions bring him down, too?

A first-class production.
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3.0 out of 5 stars clockers 9 Jan 2014
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I found that this film was ok to watch but did not hold my attention too well as the story was a bit slow.
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