Clockers

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Released 1995

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Director:
Spike Lee
Released:
1995
Rating:
R
Clockers is a crime thriller that takes a stark look at the bleak situation in modern urban America. Clocker is a slang term for a 24-hour drug dealer. Ronald "Strike" Dunham (Mekhi Phifer) is a street-smart clocker who always goes above and beyond when it comes to his work. Local drug lord Rodney Little (Delroy Lindo) informs Strike about an intriguing opportunity to expand his turf, but something seems too good to be true. When a rival clocker turns up dead, Strike knows that things are about to get ugly. Detective Larry Mazilli (John Turturro) sees Strike as an easy bust, if he can be captured. On the other hand, Detective Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel) is in search of the truth. The straight-laced Victor Dunham (Isaiah Washington) confesses to the murder, but Klein is not sold that the right person is behind bars. Directed by Spike Lee this 1995 thriller offers a grim but realistic look at the three-pronged modern American plague of drugs, violence and crime.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Clockers, Lee's eighth feature in nine years, demonstrates how accomplished a filmmaker he has become, securely in control of plot, actors and imagery.

  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Beyond its grit and nonchalance, this story has a resigned, reflective, hard-earned wisdom that's unusual in an American film about such familiarly lurid subject matter. It's even ...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A study of the urban dope-dealing culture and its toll on everyone who comes in contact with it, the picture has an insider's feel that is constantly undercut by the filmmaker's im...

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    Crime, Thrillers, Family Dramas