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Red Hook Summer

R| 2 hr. 1 min.

Plot Summary
A well-to-do Atlanta teen (Jules Brown) documents a summer spent in the Brooklyn housing projects with his devout grandfather (Clarke Peters).

Cast: Clarke Peters , Jules Brown , Toni Lysaith , Nate Parker , Thomas Jefferson Byrd , Heather Alicia Simms , Colman Domingo , James Ransone

Director: Spike Lee

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Variance Films

Red Hook Summer (2012)

Release Date: August 10th, 2012|2 hr. 1 min.

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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • How many doubts can Lee possibly cram into one motion picture? Red Hook Summer has almost too many to count: moments that go clunk, followed by others that go clang; actors who talk as if reading their lines off cue cards or rehearsing them for the first time; and set pieces that lie there. show more

  • We have little to hang onto once the film falls apart. Between the ongoing sermonizing and that final, sharp shock - which is gravely mishandled - we feel cowed into submission, rather than led towards enlightenment. show more

  • Lee's latest rambles through almost two hours of unfocused drama, burdened with endless didactic editorializing, before lurching out of nowhere into ugly revelations and violence. show more

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  • January 06, 2013 lgwynn7213
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    I have always been a big fan of spike but this movie fell short of my expectations. The biggest disappointment for me was using actors/actresses that don\'t deliver professional results. Clark Peters aside very few decent performances. I understand giving new Black actors the rare opportunity in hollywood, but the caliber needs to be there. The script could have been better, better written and less disorganized.. The first half of the movie straddles along rather dull and unrealistic finally engaging somewhat as the plot uncovers itself. No question Lee is a excellent director but this wasn\'t his best work. Spike? Get better writers and don\'t lose your passion for telling a story, you are the only director that can share a true vision of the African American experience.

  • December 20, 2012 vp00000000133238
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    All I have to say is where in the hell have you been Spike? The movie game haven\'t been the same since you. Touching movie.

  • September 18, 2012 PAM
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    This was a great movie. Touched all avenues. Church folks really need to check this out.

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Spike Lee On His Sundance Tirade: 'I Wasn't Lying'

Posted by
Alex Jeffries on June 12, 2012

Back in January, director Spike Lee held a Q+A at the Sundance Film Festival after the premiere of his film "Red Hook Summer." During the coversation, Lee lashed out at the studio system, admiting tha...

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