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Spike Lee and his siblings Cinque Lee and Joie Lee co-wrote this nostalgic but unglamorized look at a family growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s, inspired by their own childhood. Woody Carmichael (Delroy Lindo) is a jazz musician whose career is in a slump; he once made a good living as a session musician, but he has moved away from it to devote himself to more serious music, a choice that has not worked out well from a financial standpoint. His wife Carolyn (Alfre Woodard) works as a school teacher to keep food on the table. The Carmichaels have five children, a bright and introspective daughter named Troy (Zelda Harris) and four sons with a habit of causing trouble, and they all share an apartment in a brownstone in Brooklyn. Crooklyn follows the Carmichaels as the kids learn the funny and painful lessons of growing up, Mom and Dad balance their love for each other against the financial and personal difficulties of the creative life, and they all try to get along with the often eccentric neighbors on their block. Crooklyn's soundtrack is enlivened by classic 70s R&B hits, including selections by Sly and the Family Stone, The Jackson Five, Curtis Mayfield, The Staple Singers, and The Chambers Brothers. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Alfre Woodard
as Carolyn Carmichael
Delroy Lindo
as Woody Carmichael
David Patrick Kelly
as Jim
Carlton Williams
as Clinton
Sharif Rashed
as Wendell
Tse-Mach Washington
as Joseph
Christopher Knowings
as Nate
José Zuñiga
as Tommy La La
Isaiah Washington
as Vic
Ivelka Reyes
as Jessica
Spike Lee
as Snuffy
Frances Foster
as Aunt Song
Norman Matlock
as Clem
Patriece Nelson
as Viola
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Uncle Brown
Tiasha Reyes
as Minnie
Joie Lee
Robi Reed
Bokeem Woodbine
as Richard
Mildred Clinton
as Mrs Columbo
Arthur French
as West Indian Store Manager
Dan Grimaldi
as Con Ed Man
Christopher Wynkoop
as TV Evangelist
Michele Shay
as Drunk Woman
RuPaul
as Bodega Woman
Mildred Clinton
as Mrs Columbo
Christopher Wynkoop
as TV Evangelist
Bokeem Woodbine
as Richard
Arthur French
as West Indian Store Manager
Michele Shay
as Drunk Woman
Dan Grimaldi
as Con Ed Man

Crew

Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee
Producer
Preston Holmes
Producer
Jon Kilik
Producer
Cinqué Lee
Screenwriter
Spike Lee
Screenwriter
Joie Lee
Screenwriter
Arthur Jafa
Cinematographer
Terence Blanchard
Composer (Music Score)
Barry Alexander Brown
Editor
Wynn P. Thomas
Production Designer
Chris Shriver
Art Director
Monty Ross
Co-producer
Cinqué Lee
Associate Producer
Joie Lee
Associate Producer
Ted Glass
Set Designer
Ruth E. Carter
Costume Designer
Rolf Pardula
Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Kirshoff
Special Effects
Robi Reed
Casting
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