Rosewood Poster

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: September 10th, 1997

R|2 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
Rosewood, Florida, is a small, peaceful town with an almost entirely African-American population of middle-class homeowners, until New Year's Day 1923, when a lynch mob from a neighboring white community storms the town. Among the carnage, music teacher Sylvester (Don Cheadle) and mysterious stranger Mann (Ving Rhames) stand tall against the invaders, while white grocer John (Jon Voight) attempts to save the town's women and children. The film is based on a true story.

Cast: Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Esther Rolle, Elise Neal, Catherine Kellner

Director: John Singleton

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers, Peters Entertainment, New Deal Productions

Ratings & Reviews

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  • But if the movie were simply the story of this event, it would be no more than a sad record. What makes it more is the way it shows how racism breeds and feeds, and is taught by father to son. show more

  • Though Hollywood hyperbolizes the Gregory Poirier script -- Mann is a fictional character -- John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood") directs the film with riveting urgency. show more

  • Despite an occasional narrative hiccup, this is a rich and moving motion picture. show more

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