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Sucker Free City

Anthony Mackie , Ben Crowley , Spike Lee    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Mackie, Ben Crowley, Reynaldo Rosales
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: CD
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KXLMY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,767 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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san francisco e' un coacervo di razze: mondi diversi in una citta' contesa da bianchi, neri e cinesi. nick keith e lincoln sono tre moderni criminali. nick e' un bianco specializzato in furti di carte di credito; keith e' un membro v-dub, temibile gang di neri; lincoln e' la giovane promessa della mafia cinese. se ognuno rimane a casa propria non ci sono problemi. ma quando uno comincia a invadere il territorio degli altri e' la guerra.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realism and well executed. 3 July 2006
Format:DVD
This wonderful Joint by Spike Lee, has a feel of the film City Of God. I tells the tale of 3 different people, with 3 different lives. All trying to survive in the "Sucker Free."

The acting is well formed and three dimentional with stunning cinematography and unique, in the way only greats like Spike and Scorscee tell stories.

It catches you by suprise at points and expresses great insight and realism without stereotyping the ethnic groups of the film..
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1.0 out of 5 stars hard to follow and it put me to sleep 30 Mar 2010
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This film is all over the place. I fell asleep with this one
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid movie - accurate potrayal 31 Mar 2006
By Ken McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who lived in San Francisco for ten years and spent time in the Mission, Chinatown, and Hunters Point, this movie is not only entertaining, it's also an extremely accurate portrayal of life in these particular neighborhoods.

If you're a San Franciscan, you've got to see it. If you're not from SF, but are curious about what's beyond the tourist brochures, this movie is it.

The only thing missing is documentation of the insanely corrupt political culture of the city, but hey, the film maker covered a lot of ground.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hardly a realistic portrayal 13 Jan 2011
By PCM2 - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sorry to say it, but as a "realistic" portrayal of life in San Francisco, Spike Lee's film falls totally flat.

Nobody in San Francisco dresses like that. Nobody in San Francisco talks like that. The characters all look and act like they grew up in Brooklyn (which I guess is not surprising, considering the source).

There are no white families of four living in Victorian mansions in the Mission District. Those houses all got carved up into flats decades ago, and they currently rent for about $900 a room. And I question Lee's decision to base the "white" portion of his story out of the Mission in the first place; the Mission has always been a Latino neighborhood. It's not yuppie or middle-class at all, either. There's been a lot of gentrification, to be sure, but by totally ignoring the Mission's true character, Lee wastes one of the best settings in the City.

As the story opens, our family of four is being evicted from their rented house. But what makes this family poor? Mom and dad seem well-kept, articulate, college educated. They seem to have every material possession they'd ever want. The son works in finance and so presumably went to college himself (but somehow never left home). The sister does -- something? So where did all the money go? Did they just look at their bank statement one morning and say, "Whoops"? Again, it's just not realistic, which detracts from Lee's premise.

Furthermore, if a middle class white family of four could no longer afford to rent a house in San Francisco, they wouldn't move to Hunter's Point -- a predominantly African-American neighborhood with the highest crime rate in the City, which even the opening credits describe as having one of the highest cancer rates in the nation. Apparently this family doesn't have any friends, because if they did, their friends would all tell them they're crazy. For a guy seemingly obsessed with race, it seems strange that Spike Lee can ignore the fact that this family would never make this decision. They would have picked up and moved to the East Bay or south to the Peninsula long ago, because they have those options. There are reasons why ghettos perpetuate and why people can't escape bad neighborhoods like Hunter's Point that have to do with a lot more than the price of real estate, and by ignoring this fact, Lee undermines his story.

And that brings us to the real problem with this "film": There is no story. As the pilot to a TV series, maybe there might have been some direction to take these characters, but there was never any series. So what we have is just a few ideas having to do with races clashing in a city Spike Lee knows little about, and it all ends in midair, roll credits. With stronger acting and a better script, it might have been more compelling. As it is, I think it's one for hardcore Spike Lee fans only.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 2 Dec 2008
By Jennifer Crowley - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is great! Gritty underbelly sort of story. Typical Spike Lee "real life" story played by guys you believe. Not a happy ending kind of movie but well worth the watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! - Real! - Exceptinal film making! 12 Dec 2005
By Misrak Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I'll keep it short and sweet: This movie is a must see. I'm not really a Spike Lee fan but he really nails the social/racial conflicts that exist in America today, as the three main characters(a White, Black and an Asian guy) cross paths.

A must have for any dvd collection!
5.0 out of 5 stars An appreciation of the Spike Lee movie Sucker Free City. 14 Oct 2011
By G. L. Rowsey - Published on Amazon.com
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If you catch the DVD of Sucker Free City, it comes subtitled in English already, so if your first language is English, don't turn on the subtitles. If you catch the movie Sucker Free City on Showtime TV, you probably should turn on the subs.

Of the maybe five or six movies directed by Spike Lee I've watched, this is miles-away my fave; although, I have to admit this favoritism is partly due to the movie's main location being Hunters Point in 1974, and I've lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area since 1963. And, it's partly due to the fact I could understand almost 100% of the movie's dialog. But, mainly it's due to the fact that this is a very very good movie.

I remember reading L.B.T.E.S. (Long Before the End Started - on 9/11) that countries with just two cultures (supposedly like the U.S., having white and African-American cultures) and countries with many cultures (supposedly like the U.S.S.R.) were intrinsically less stable than countries with an "in-between" numbers of cultures (supposedly like many if not most modern European nations). And I remember thinking how American whites have in fact completely destroyed the African component of black Americans' culture over the last 450 years, so America hasn't had the postulated two cultures over that period of time; and, however true the thesis about instability and multiple cultures may be, you can't use America as an example of an unstable two-culture country. America, basically, has always been a one-culture country.

Then after realizing that, I got to thinking about how the least assimilated post-Reagan African-Americans ("street" black people) had developed a language that was basically unintelligible to American whites, just as unintelligible as Spanish or any other non-English language, and I decided this development followed not unnaturally from the fact African culture has been effectively destroyed in America.

But this understanding made me no more receptive to the new language that post-Reagan, street African-Americans used, and the Spike Lee movies I saw prior to Sucker Free City all required more familiarity with the street African-American language than I'd had time to acquire. However, Sucker Free City is approximately one-third "white" and the DVD's subtitles are excellent, so at last I've been able to experience a Spike Lee movie almost completely like it should be experienced - with full comprehension.

To repeat: this is a very good movie.

To quote from Wikipedia's synopsis of Sucker Free City: "The film follows three young men as they are drawn into lives of crime. Nick {a white, Ben Crowley} uses his entry-level corporate job to commit credit card fraud and deals drugs on the side. K-Luv {Anthony Mackie} is a member of the "V-Dubs" ("Visitation Valley Mafia"), an African-American street gang. Lincoln {Ken Leung} is a rising figure in the Chinese Mafia. Gentrification forces Nick's family to move out of their home in the Mission District into Hunter's Point where they are harassed by the V-Dubs. K-Luv's side business of selling bootleg compact discs leads him to enlist Nick's help to bootleg CDs and to negotiate a truce with Lincoln. Lincoln conducts an affair with his boss' daughter Angela {T.V. Carpio}, a Stanford student engaged to a medical student classmate."

The DVD-movie is a shortening of a series planned for TV, and it really moves. Still and all, it holds together extremely well. The high-point of the threatened violence for me was a confrontation between the V-Dubs and the Chinese Mafia on a basketball court in Chinatown in San Francisco.

In this scene on a basketball court, Anthony Mackey explains the facts of life to Ken Leung, to wit, that any gang war fought between the Chinese Mafia and the V-Dubs will be fought in Chinatown, not in Hunters Point; or impliedly, H.P. is already a waste land, whereas Chinatown depends on tourists and "business as usual" and would be enormously adversely impacted by a gang war while H.P. would be essentially unaffected. Leung gets the point: compared to street African-Americans, Chinatown Chinese are, like, liquor-running, Italian-businessmen during Prohibition, if racism historically had confined them to small geographical areas within large American cities.

The high point of the movie's actual violence, for me, was the fatal confrontation between Ben Crowley and Darris Love in a public bathroom; although a previous, surprise execution of an African-American child was also extremely chilling.

Do see this movie. It's very good and it's available at Netflix. It does not disappoint.
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