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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: VHS
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 4 Front
  • VHS Release Date: 10 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R6RY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A hard-hitting Spike Lee film with a very disturbing opening credits sequence. Strike (Mekhi Phifer) is a Clocker (24-hour drug dealer) who becomes implicated in the murder of a rival after a tip off. Two cops investigate, Mazilli (John Turturro - looking for a quick solution) and Rocco (Harvey Keitel - looking for the truth). When Strike's brother confesses to the shooting, Rocco decides to find the real killer.

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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cmac on 14 Nov. 2013
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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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2000
Format: VHS Tape
There are alot of good things to say about this film, in fact too many to list, but here are the points that come to mind. The plot of the film is very realistic, portraying aspects of street life in the ghetto that few other films have dared to show in the same level of detail, and even fewer have succeeded. The film actually works better as a drama and uses the flexability of the 18 certificate very effectively to shock and emphasize points that are made without going over the top, which is how many 18s become so bad that they are more like comedies. It has many scenes that will bring out a range of emotions, and some very wise words spoken by certain characters. The acting is amazing and it really helps make the whole film extremely lifelike, along with very skillful camera work which adds to the effect, for example if you see this film then watch how they first show the train journey out of town (you'll know what i mean when you see it). If you give this film a chance, it will really get you thinking about just how hard it is out there, and maybe it will help you understand why they do some of the things they do. I would recommend this film to anyone, especially if you like gangster style movies or tupac's films. You will also appreciate this if you can really "get into" a film and follow its plot well.
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By caroleann on 9 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 July 2012
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
This is filmed like a documentary which is interesting but Spike Lee does tend to get a bit boring with his genres.
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