Blackkklansman

Blackkklansman

DVD - 2018 | Widescreen edition
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Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.

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Yonsei_73
Dec 09, 2018

Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh 🍅  95%

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Chiefie_0
Dec 05, 2018

4 out of 5 stars! This is a really interesting history lesson of the previous and on-going racial tensions in the United States. Very fast-moving, entertaining, well-acted and lots of action.
We highly recommend it.

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daysleeper236
Dec 02, 2018

An incredible true story. Highly recommended.

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ba_library
Nov 29, 2018

Certainly not an entertaining film, but interesting and fascinating and rather disturbing. Ron Stallworth was a black detective in Colorado Springs in the early 1970s. He calls the KKK on the phone and they invite him to join (not seeing him). The detective recruits a white colleague to represent him in person. The Black power movement is active and the police investigate when Stockley Carmichael makes a speaking appearance in town. The film is a bit of a mixed bag with cop story, race relation issues and social issues of the era. The racist dialogue gets a bit wearing, but the acting is very good (the lead actor is Denzel Washington’s son). The film closes with footage of race riots in Virginia in 2017. The story is based on history, but sadly not ancient history. The film is based on the book BlacKKlansman written by Ron Stallworth. SPL has long waits for both, so you may want to put on hold on both the book and the movie.

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BeausPerson
Nov 28, 2018

Based on a fascinating and kind of funny true story, but so much more than that. I highly recommend the film.

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winston16
Nov 26, 2018

Lives up to the old adage of truth being stranger than fiction. Engrossing look at a real Colorado Springs black police rookie when he was doing undercover work in the '70s. The KKK parts are hard to watch/hear but crucial to the movie, especially when Spike Lee takes the racists and their twisted beliefs and places them in context with today's unbelievable situation with the present administration. Actors were really good, too.

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RainbowRabbit
Nov 25, 2018

Sounds like a comic set-up, but the story is true-ish, and that makes it horrific. (A factcheck of this movie is available on line.) The end of the film swings to the Charlottesville marches and riots, so that you know that these monsters once lived in America and still do.
The film has an uneven feel to it - part detective TV episode, part art-house film, part celebration of 70s Black culture, part documentary, part comedy. But when you are portraying a soup of American stereotypes, it is no surprise that it looks like minestrone soup.
Yes, there are parts which are difficult to watch because of the horrific things people say and do. At least, I pray that you feel that way too.

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LauraSteinert
Nov 24, 2018

Absolutely not suitable for trump supporters, but everyone else should like it (if you can make it through Alec Baldwin's opening monologue). I spent a lot of time cringing--especially when "Eric Forman" calmly and convincingly said vile things and Frederick Weller (the sweetheart from In Plain Sight) spouted his racist lines with such conviction. I spent half the movie disgusted and the rest horrified.

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tclevengers
Nov 12, 2018

People have long argued as to whether the book version or movie version of a story is better.
Since I can only speak of the book "BlackkKlansman", it's hard to believe the movie release could have been 90-minutes or more of gripping drama. To me, it was a great deal of buildup and character development for a rather lackluster, pedestrian "punchline." Like the saying goes, "I guess you had to be there", Ron Stallworth's exploits as a black undercover cop gaining access to the KKK---with help from a white colleague---are probably better appreciated by others from law enforcement. Indeed, I sometimes felt he was holding court among other officers, in a police precinct locker room after a shift, who were enjoying his story a lot more than I was.
The advantage to the book might be the background and "color" (pardon the pun) Stallworth outlines of task forces and government agencies looking to eradicate domestic terrorist groups, that could have been difficult to smoothly work into an action plot. Plus, my suspicion is those details would have gotten in the way of any suspense and emotion---maybe bias too?---that would be present in a Spike Lee production.
It also could be that time has eroded the terror and trauma inflicted upon blacks in mid-20th century by the sight of men in white robes, burning crosses and committing lynchings virtually at will. The trouble in this case, though, is there are no such events in the mostly-white, Colorado Springs backdrop of Stallworth's experience. Set in the 70's, his account centers around literally a handful of klansman who he repeatedly paints as incompetent and little more than grow-ups playing a child's version of cowboys and indians. The account is real, and the Springs area is no doubt better off today for Stallworth's accomplishments, but there's not much to cheer. Maybe read the book AND see the movie, and decide for yourself which you preferred. And bring lots of popcorn.

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Miller1114
Nov 10, 2018

It is so wrong to say I enjoyed this movie because of the subject matter but I did. People always say history repeats itself. Evil used to be the KKK. Now it has reinvented itself and its name is Alt Right. Side note, at some points John sounded just like his dad Denzel.

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