History Film / Clockers

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Clockers is a 1995 Creator/SpikeLee movie about the events surrounding the a murder of a night manager of a fast food restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. Similar to "TV/TheWire," it's one part PoliceProcedural, one part "hood movie," taking a bleak look at how the war on drugs systematically destroys the lives of the African-Americans living in the projects.

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Clockers is a 1995 Creator/SpikeLee movie ([[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel by Richard Price]]) about the events surrounding the a murder of a night manager of a fast food restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. Similar to "TV/TheWire," it's one part PoliceProcedural, one part "hood movie," taking a bleak look at how the war on drugs systematically destroys the lives of the African-Americans living in the projects.


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* AdaptationDistillation: The novel spends as much time on Klein's personal life as Strike's (making it a TwoLinesNoWaiting story), but the movie focuses more on Strike.
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* ReflectiveEyes: While interrogating Victor, Klein leans in close to look at his eyes, saying "I want to see what you see." The camera focuses on Klein's reflection in Victor's tired, bloodshot eye, and when Klein dismisses his testimony as a lie, Victor slowly closes both eyes in resignation.
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Clockers is a 1995 Spike Lee movie about the events surrounding the a murder of a night manager of a fast food restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. Similar to "TV/TheWire," it's one part PoliceProcedural, one part "hood movie," taking a bleak look at how the war on drugs systematically destroys the lives of the African-Americans living in the projects.

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Clockers is a 1995 Spike Lee Creator/SpikeLee movie about the events surrounding the a murder of a night manager of a fast food restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. Similar to "TV/TheWire," it's one part PoliceProcedural, one part "hood movie," taking a bleak look at how the war on drugs systematically destroys the lives of the African-Americans living in the projects.
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* ChekhovsGun: A literal one that Strike shows to Tyrone midway through the movie, kept under the mattress in his apartment.

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* ChekhovsGun: A literal one that Strike shows to Tyrone midway through the movie, kept under the mattress in his apartment. [[spoiler: it turns up missing later, and Tyrone uses it to kill Errol Barnes.]]



* CoolOldGuy: Subverted with Rodney Little.

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* CoolOldGuy: Subverted with Rodney Little. He seems cool, but he's a monster.



* FriendlyEnemy: Rodney and Detective Mazilli have known each other a long time and exchange friendly banter even as Rodney is arrested. Rodney doesn't seem to have the same respect for Klein.



* INeverSaidItWasPoison: An inversion. Victor has confessed to the crime, but Klein doesn't think it adds up for a stand-up citizen to murder someone in cold blood.
--> Victor: "This guy jumps out of nowhere and BAM! I shot him."

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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: An inversion. Victor has confessed to the crime, but Klein doesn't think it adds up for a stand-up citizen to murder someone in cold blood.
blood, especially when Victor can't seem to get the details of the crime right.
--> Victor: "This "I told you. This guy jumps jumped out of nowhere and BAM! I shot him."



* KnightInSourArmor: Rocco Klein. He's as cynical and outwardly uncaring as all the other cops in his squad, but is determined to find the truth behind the murder of Darryl Adams, and ultimately helps out a wrongly accused person get out of town. In the final scene, at yet another murder investigation, the cops are shown joking over another dead body. Klein looks genuinely weary of the all the killing.

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* KnightInSourArmor: Rocco Klein. He's as cynical and outwardly uncaring as all the other cops in his squad, but is determined to find the truth behind the murder of Darryl Adams, and ultimately helps out a wrongly accused person get out of town. In the final scene, at yet another murder investigation, the cops are shown joking over another dead body. body, while Klein now looks genuinely weary of from the all the killing.
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* BlackHumor: The homicide detectives at the Darryl Adams murder scene:
--> "Must be his golf jacket. It's got eighteen holes."
--> (seeing a defensive wound on the hand) "Slapped him five, on the light hand side!"
--> "Looks like some kind of Egyptian peace symbol." "Yeah, it says 'goodbye.'"
--> (seeing a bullet lodged in his jaw) "Marvelo the Magician! Caught a bullet in his teeth!" "Darryl, you've outdone Willie Mays! You've got my vote for MVP!"


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* CrapsackWorld: The projects.


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* EarnYourHappyEnding: But not everyone. [[spoiler: Victor is freed from prison and returns home to his family. Tyrone is cleared of killing Errol Barnes after being coached by Klein. While everyone else in the projects is standing around watching the police clean up another murdered body, Tyrone is safe inside explaining to his mom how electric trains work. Strike left Tyrone his train set after being given a chance to get out of the projects to avoid retaliation from Rodney, who still has considerable power. Strike may never see his family again. The projects are still hell, bodies are dropping left and right, and nobody cares except maybe now for Detective Klein who can't really do anything to change things. In the final shot, Strike is riding in a real train (a lifelong dream) watching out the windows in wonder at the vast open space of the American west.]]


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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: An inversion. Victor has confessed to the crime, but Klein doesn't think it adds up for a stand-up citizen to murder someone in cold blood.
--> Victor: "This guy jumps out of nowhere and BAM! I shot him."
--> Klein: "You mean bam, bam, bam, bam."
--> Victor: "What?"
--> Klein: "Four bullets in the body."
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That night, Darryl Adams is found murdered in the restaurant's parking lot. Homicide detectives Klein (Harvey Keitel) and Mazilli (John Turturro) arrive to investigate, and the case appears to be open-and-shut when a man named Victor Dunham (Isaiah Washington) confesses to shooting Adams in self defense. By all accounts, Victor is an honest, hard-working man struggling to raise a family in the projects on two low-income jobs. Klein doesn't believe the confession, especially when he discovers that Victor is Strike's older brother. Klein believes Victor is covering for Strike, who is a "known scumbag" in Rodney Little's organization who had plenty of motive to kill Darryl Adams.

Strike adamantly denies any involvement with the murder, but as Klein starts to hound the suspected killer more and more, Rodney's affable and caring facade as patron of the neighborhood begins to collapse as the investigation gets closer to his operation. With his brother in jail, Strike finds himself caught between a relentless detective and his ruthless boss and crew because if there's one rule that everyone in the projects follow, it's that you don't snitch to the police.

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That night, Darryl Adams is found murdered in the restaurant's parking lot. Homicide detectives Klein (Harvey Keitel) and Mazilli (John Turturro) arrive to investigate, and the case appears to be open-and-shut when a man named Victor Dunham (Isaiah Washington) confesses to shooting Adams in self defense. By all accounts, Victor is an honest, hard-working man struggling to raise a family in the projects on two low-income jobs. Klein doesn't believe the confession, especially when he discovers that Victor is Strike's older brother. Klein believes Victor is covering for Strike, who is a "known scumbag" in Rodney Little's organization who had plenty of motive to kill Darryl Adams.

Strike adamantly denies any involvement with the murder, but as Klein starts to hound the suspected killer more and more, Rodney's affable and caring facade as patron of the neighborhood begins to collapse as the investigation gets closer to his operation. With his brother in jail, Strike finds himself caught between a relentless detective and his ruthless boss and crew crew, because if there's one rule that everyone in the projects follow, it's that you don't snitch never talk to the police.



* KarmicDeath: [Spoiler: Errol Barnes, shot to death by Tyrone. Errol went to prison for murdering a child.]

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* KarmicDeath: [Spoiler: [[spoiler: Errol Barnes, shot to death by Tyrone. Errol went to prison for murdering a child.]]]



* PetTheDog: Klein, during his interrogation of [Spoiler: Tyrone.]
* PoliceBrutality: The mostly white cops are very rough on the clockers. Andre, in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Strike after Strike inadvertently leads [Spoiler: Tyrone] down the path of murder.

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* PetTheDog: Klein, during his interrogation of [Spoiler: [[spoiler: Tyrone.]
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* PoliceBrutality: The mostly white cops are very rough on the clockers. Andre, in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Strike after Strike inadvertently leads [Spoiler: Tyrone] [[spoiler: Tyrone]] down the path of murder.
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* KarmicDeath: [spoiler: Errol Barnes, shot to death by Tyrone. Errol went to prison for murdering a child.]

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* KarmicDeath: [spoiler: [Spoiler: Errol Barnes, shot to death by Tyrone. Errol went to prison for murdering a child.]



---> Y'all are selling death to your own people!

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---> Y'all --> "Y'all are selling death to your own people!people!"



* PetTheDog: Klein, during his interrogation of [spoiler: Tyrone.]
* PoliceBrutality: The mostly white cops are very rough on the clockers. Andre, in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Strike after Strike inadvertently leads [spoiler: Tyrone] down the path of murder.

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* PetTheDog: Klein, during his interrogation of [spoiler: [Spoiler: Tyrone.]
* PoliceBrutality: The mostly white cops are very rough on the clockers. Andre, in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Strike after Strike inadvertently leads [spoiler: [Spoiler: Tyrone] down the path of murder.
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/clockers-movie-poster_8110.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:"Just another stain on the sidewalk."]]



---> Just another stain on the sidewalk.
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* FlashBack: Used when Klein is interviewing Victor's bosses to find out what kind of worker he was. Both of Victor's bosses praise Victor for his dedication to the job, and both flashbacks show Victor dealing with potentially dangerous situations in the workplace politely and peacefully.



* PastimesProvePersonality: Strike doesn't play or care for sports, but instead is fascinated by trains, wearing Lionel T-shirts and keeping a functional antique model train set in his apartment. Lampshaded by Jojo who can't believe it when he hears it. "Come on, I bet you were dunking before you were walking!"



* VillainousFriendship: Rodney and Errol used to run in a gang together. Errol is now Rodney's TheDragon.

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* VillainousFriendship: Rodney and Errol used to run in a gang together. Errol is now Rodney's TheDragon.TheDragon to Rodney.
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* Checkhov'sGun: A literal one that Strike shows to Tyrone midway through the movie, kept under the mattress in his apartment.

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* Checkhov'sGun: ChekhovsGun: A literal one that Strike shows to Tyrone midway through the movie, kept under the mattress in his apartment.



* LegitimateBusinessmansSocialClub: Rodney's candy store.

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* LegitimateBusinessmansSocialClub: LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: Rodney's candy store.








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\n\n\n\n* PetTheDog: Klein, during his interrogation of [spoiler: Tyrone.]
* PoliceBrutality: The mostly white cops are very rough on the clockers. Andre, in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Strike after Strike inadvertently leads [spoiler: Tyrone] down the path of murder.
* PoliceProcedural: Deconstructed. The cops are more interested in clearing cases than anything, and while on the job they drink and make many thoughtless and careless remarks as they stand over murdered corpses.
* SirSwearsALot: Pretty much every cop and clocker in the movie. Averted with the Homicide Lieutenant, who objects to his subordinates using the term "Yo" for a young black man.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: All of the protagonists give these to Strike at some point in the movie.
* VillainousFriendship: Rodney and Errol used to run in a gang together. Errol is now Rodney's TheDragon.





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