Red Hook Summer
|Red Hook Summer|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Spike Lee|
|Produced by||Spike Lee|
|Written by||James McBride
Thomas Jefferson Byrd
|Music by||Bruce Hornsby (score)
Judith Hill (songs)
Jonathan Batiste (Hammond B3 organ music)
|Edited by||Hye Mee Na|
|Distributed by||Variance Films|
Red Hook Summer is a 2012 American film co-written and directed by Spike Lee. It is Lee's sixth film in his "Chronicles of Brooklyn" series following She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers, and He Got Game.
- Clarke Peters as Da Good Bishop Enoch Rouse
- Nate Parker as Box
- Thomas Jefferson Byrd as Deacon Zee
- Toni Lysaith as Chazz Morningstar
- Jules Brown as Flik Royale
- Jonathan Batiste as Da Organist T.K. Hazelton
- Colman Domingo as adult Blessing Rowe
- Heather Simms as Sister Sharon Morningstar
- James Ransone as Kevin
- De'Adre Aziza as Colleen Royale
- Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as Detective Flood
- Tracy Camilla Johns as Miss Darling
Red Hook Summer marked the first time that Lee has acted in one of his films since Summer of Sam (1999).
A 135-minute version of Red Hook Summer was previewed at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; The film was released on August 10, 2012, in select theaters of the New York City area and was released in Los Angeles and other parts of the United States on August 24, 2012. The film reached 41 theaters at its peak.
The film was released on home video on December 21, 2012.
Roger Ebert gave the film (2½ out of four stars) saying it "plays as if the director is making it up as he goes along. That's not entirely a bad thing, although some will be thrown off-balance by an abrupt plot development halfway through that appears entirely out of the blue and is so shocking that the movie never really recovers. Here is Lee at his most spontaneous and sincere, but he could have used another screenplay draft."
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The movie was made in three weeks on a small budget, guerrilla-style, like Lee's first film, She's Gotta Have It. The speed and economy aren't fatal, but they certainly needed more time on the screenplay, and the only outstanding performance is by Clarke Peters (from The Wire).
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