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  • R
  • 2h 8m
  • 1995
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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."
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A work of mournful maturity that sacrifices little of its director's signature energy, Clockers is an admittedly flawed drama with a powerfully urgent message.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
'90s crime drama has drugs, racism, violence, swearing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Clockers is a gripping crime drama from director Spike Lee with bloody violence, drugs, and strong language including homophobic and racist slurs. The plot surrounds a group of New York drug dealers or "clockers," led by Strike (Mekhi Phifer), whose lives are complicated by the murder of a rival drug dealer. Due to the violent and criminal setting, there are few if any positive messages or role models. The violence is constant, with a mix of real-life and cinematic gunshots and murders shown in police archive footage and in the movie itself. The police officers, led by homicide detective Rocco (Harvey Keitel), frequently joke about the deceased while standing over them. There are some brief glimpses of male and female nudity, but nothing explicit, although sex is alluded to in graphic terms. Language includes use of the "N" word, "f--k," and "p---y." There is also non-inclusive language used to discuss homosexuality and different ethnicities. Owing to the drug-dealer characters' work, there are multiple references to making money and Strike exerts some influence over others by being able to buy them things that they cannot afford. This behavior is criticized at times, though. Characters drink socially, while drugs themselves are shown being prepared for sale, sold, and used. The effects of drug addiction are both depicted and discussed.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 13, 1995
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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