Clockers is a 1995 film directed by Spike Lee. The screenplay, written by Lee and Richard Price, is based on Price's novel of the same name. The film stars Mekhi Phifer in his first role and was filmed In Gowanus Projects in Brooklyn, New York.In a Brooklyn housing project, a group of Clockers - low level drug dealers - sell drugs for Rodney Little(Delroy Lindo), a local drug lord. Rodney meets with Ronald Dunham a.k.a Strike (Mekhi Phifer), one of his lead Clockers and tells him that another Clocker, Darryl Adams (Steve White), is stealing from him. Rodney tells Strike that Darryl "got to be got", implying that he wants Strike to kill Darryl. Strike then meets with his brother, Victor Dunham (Isaiah Washington) asking him to kill Darryl Adams.Soon after, Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel) and Larry Mazilli (John Turturro), homicide detectives, ride to the scene of Darryl Adams' murder. Larry and Rocco receive a phone call from another detective who says a man has confessed at a local church to killing Darryl. They meet Strike's older brother Victor, the man who confessed at the church, to question him for the murder. In the interrogation room, Victor tells Rocco that he shot Darryl in self-defense. Rocco finds holes in this story and starts looking into Victor's background which includes two jobs, a wife, two children, no criminal record, and aspirations to move out of the projects and suspects that Victor is covering for his younger brother. Complications with the murder case ensue as Rocco goes to the projects and tries to piece together what really happened. Meanwhile Strike ponders leaving the gang life but does not know how to escape from Rodney's clutches.
Year of Production: 1995
Length: 128 min.
Country: United States
- Spike Lee
- Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese
- Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer