Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Opens with Bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band - The Bleek Gilliam Quartet. The story of Bleek's and Shadow's friendly rivalry on stage which spills into their professional relationship and threatens to tear apart the quartet.Written by
When Spike Lee goes over his bets with the bookie, they review a real New York Post from Friday, September 29, 1989. See more »
During the performance of Bleek's "Pop Top Urban 40 Funk Love ... Song", Bleek's headgear changes from hat to baseball cap. See more »
[during his stand-up, recognizing Giant]
Look at that little ugly guy at the bar. Hey, fella! That's Bleek Gilliam's manager. Little Mr Magoo-looking fucker there. You think l didn't see you back over there, Giant. 'Trying to sneak in here in the colored section. l see you sitting at the bar. Yeah, that poor fucker. l first met him trying out for the Celtics a couple of years ago. He got mad 'cos Robert Parish was on the team. That Larry Bird told me. He ain't got nothing but a three-pointer. ...
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Flavor Flave of the rap group Public Enemy spells out the letters in "Universal" as the studio logo appears on the screen. See more »
One of the best film's Spike Lee has ever created. Denzel Washington plays Bleek Gilliam, a selfish musician who only listens to his music. He cheats on his women and wants the spotlight only to himself. On his road to redemption he encounters betrayal, lies, and greed before he finds happiness. A happiness that comes at a heavy price. Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes give superb performances in their roles. The supporting cast members also give terrific performances in this film. The supporting cast members include Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn and Spike Lee. Spike Lee gives these characters enough personality to keep this movie entertaining. Each member adds enough color commentary to the film making this a joyous event from beginning to end. Add this movie to your video collection if you haven't already.
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