1995 - Rated R (MPAA)
Release Date: 05/07/2002
Time: 129 mins.
Label: Universal Studios Home Video
DVD Features: Region 1 Keep Case Single Side - Single Layer Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85 Letterbox - 1.85 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English Dolby Digital 5.1 - French Additional Release Material: Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer Text/Photo Galleries: Production Notes Biographies: Cast & Crew DVD-ROM Features: Weblinks
Director Spike Lee examines the violent world of urban drug dealing through the eyes of Strike (Mekhi Phifer), a 19-year-old "clocker," short for round-the-clock pusher. Strike agrees to kill a fellow employee of his boss Rodney Little (Delroy Lindo), an influential, popular drug lord. But when the hit goes down, it is Strike's moral, law-abiding brother Victor (Isaiah Washington) who confesses, shocking everyone. The detective assigned to the case, Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel), doesn't believe Victor--the more that Klein, along with others in Strike's life, start putting the heat on, the more the clocker finds himself up against the wall. The question is: Who is the real killer? A gritty, realistic adaptation of Richard Price's best-selling novel, Lee's film is also one of his most highly invigorating. Shooting with a gritty, washed-out film stock, with startling moments of saturated primary color, CLOCKERS feels like a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the daily lives of a group of New York City drug dealers, featuring a star-making performance by Phifer.
"...CLOCKERS thunders home with the bruising urgency of a story that needs to be told..." -- Peter Travers , (Rolling Stone)
"...Powerful....Lee captures the despair, self-delusion, occasional terror and frequent humor of a praised and popular novel..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars -- Mike Clark , (USA Today)
"...Electrifying....A work of staggering intelligence and emotional force..." -- Rating: A -- Owen Gleiberman , (Entertainment Weekly)
"...Lindo oozes command and charisma..." -- Todd McCarthy , (Variety)
"...CLOCKERS, Lee's eighth feature in nine years, demonstrates how accomplished a filmmaker he has become, securely in control of plot, actors and imagery..." -- Kenneth Turan , (Los Angeles Times)
"...Lee, a born filmmaker, moves among the points of view....Lee finds poetry and humor in all of his stories..." -- Roger Ebert , (Chicago Sun-Times)