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A "clocker" is a 24-hour drug dealer, and Strike (Mekhi Phifer) is the hardest-working one on the streets. But for Strike, time is running out. When the local drug kingpin (Delroy Lindo) tips Strike off about an opportunity for advancement, a rival dealer ends up dead, and Strike suddenly finds himself caught between two homicide detectives. One is Mazilli (John Turturro), who's only looking for an easy bust. The other is Rocco (Harvey Keitel), who's looking for something much harder to find - the truth - and when Strike's law-abiding brother confesses to the murder, Rocco vows not to rest until he's sure the real shooter is behind bars. Director Spike Lee, producer Martin Scorsese and writer Richard Price, along with music by Seal, Marc Dorsey, Des'ree and Chaka Khan, deliver a film so riveting, you'll feel it grab you by the collar and toss you into the middle of an urban battlefield, prompting Jeffrey Lyons of Sneak Previews to call it "One of 1995's most powerful films."
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 48
- Fresh: 32
- Rotten: 16
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Clockers thunders home with the bruising urgency of a story that needs to be told.
Fresh: There is a force and focus in Lee's work, an absence of intellectual posturing and a willingness to let his material speak for itself that he has not achieved before.
Fresh: Lee captures the despair, self-delusion, occasional terror and frequent humor of a praised and popular novel, aided by the potent acting his direction virtually guarantees.
Rotten: 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 impulse to editorialize.
Closed minds and limited intellects often bore quickly. This movie was very moving. Life is all about choices and how they alter the lives of the unfortunate that get caught up in the ripple effect when bad choices are made. It's a plot/story the movie told well. This was Spike Lee when he was still raw. My hat off again to Mr. Blanchard also!
Clockers illustrates that a great cast -- including Harvey Keitel, Keith David, Delroy Lindo and John Turturro -- does not guarantee a great movie. This may be the worst movie I've seen ... well, ever.
This film was visually raw and stayed true to the era when it was filmed. Classic Spike Lee Joint..