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Crips and Bloods: Made in America Reviews

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January 15, 2011
Makes some out-and-out excuses for gang culture, but it does a very good job tying societal causation to inner city gang problems. Found it very interesting.
January 8, 2011
Interesting look at what gang life is, and how they came out of the 60's and 70's.
December 23, 2010
A revealing documentary that makes a lot clearer why and how these gangs came to be. The only thing it was misisng i felt was more information on how the original gangs actually formed, they go into depth about the reasoning and how they must have felt to create the gangs but i would of liked to have heard more from gang members about the first members of say the Crips and what happened in the earlier years for the gangs to be opposing each other rather than fighting together. Over all though other than that i really thought it was a brilliant documentary.
November 26, 2010
Very Eye Opening And Powerful . I Highly Suggest Everyone To View This Film .
November 23, 2010
Very interesting. A must see for the socially conscious.
September 27, 2010
eye opening view on a very intense,hushed topic.
Ray S.
July 13, 2010
A beautiful documentary about the gangs in LA, the message is that the black people from LA didn't create the gangs but the police and the guys behind the gangs are little kids who never had a role model and enough attention of there mother. Imo a man is responsible for there own action's but the director is pointing out a scape goat.
Really well done and illustrated barbarian people in a human way. Simply loved it.
Dana H.
May 17, 2010
This movie is a must-see if you have the remotest interest in gangs, African-American history, the history of Los Angeles or sociology.
Skyler C.
August 29, 2009
The first hour of this film shows us the depressing story of how the Crips and Bloods came to be today, but the next half hour, was repetitive and tedious. It is a very good documentary no doubt, but i felt very bored durring the last half hour, its just a bunch of videos of horrible shootings, and violent murders, and police involvment, its not really that intresitng, unless you like real blood.

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August 27, 2009
Perhaps the most important functions that a documentary can serve today is to step in when the mainstream media has failed. On issue that the media has most definitely failed in this world of national security, foreign wars, and widespread policy debates are the problems plaguing the inner city. It was indeed refreshing to see a documentary that deals with these issues that people seem to have forgotten about since the early 90s. In principle I find the documentary?s message that the Crips and Bloods emerged because of the way society silenced any mainstream form of black empowerment. Unfortunately there were aspects of execution that held this film back from achieving its full potential. The film starts strong, painting a strong picture of what it was like to be a black man in 60s Las Angeles, then shortly after its vivid depiction of the Watts riots it suddenly flashes forward to the present and begins playing a ton of interviews with gang members. These are interesting interviews, but they are simply played at random and feel like an interruption of the film?s narrative. It feels like they had a lot of good footage that they insisted on shoehorning in. The film eventually recovers, but never regains its momentum. This was a fairly good watch but it could have been a whole lot better.
August 15, 2009
Enlightening and scary...but mostly just sad.
August 13, 2009
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August 2, 2009
Does a pretty good job of explaining the petri dish that created L.A. gang culture. Doesn't delve into the drugs or the music that seemed to spread the sickness. It's an educational documentary with a focus on African American history.
July 30, 2009
The Crips and the Bloods are probably the most infamous of all street gangs that have ever existed in America. There have been countless accounts of criminal acts that members of these two groups have done, a couple films that have been made based on them and they are both still very much active almost 40 years after both came into formation. But with everything that you've heard or seen about them, rarely do you ever get to hear the story from the mouths of the very people who found these two gangs, or were/are members.

Stacy Peralta's Crips and Bloods: Made in America is a documentary that uses a first person look into the history of these two gangs. While the film doesn't try to condone some of the terrible act that either of these groups have committed, it does try to make those unfamiliar with the conditions most of these people have gone through or have to live through understand what would make a lifestyle such as these appealing.

There is a lot of footage, photographs and interviews with African Americans who lived in California during the 1950's and 60's. During this time, they had become the target of police brutality simply because they weren't allowed to venture into wealthier neighborhoods and other similar bigotry driven thinking of this time period. So with years of being pushed and held back, all of this frustration gave birth to gangs like the Crips and the Bloods.

Probably will sound weird saying this, but it's a shame that these gangs had the potential to do good for the communities they were formed in, but they shifted into robbery, violence and even murder. And instead of working together, they began a huge rivalry against each other. The film only skims the surface of the negative aspects to these gangs, which I guess was a decision made by Peralta since he probably only wanted to show why gangs like these get formed in the first place.

Crips and Bloods: Made in America is a very intriguing documentary, and a great look into the darker history of 20th century America. It was very informative, and extremely emotional (especially with scenes that show family members and friends who have lost someone close due to the violence that these gangs are capable of). It probably will not change your opinion on the criminal acts these gangs have committed, but it should show you that there is so much more to this story than you probably knew.
Ken D

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July 17, 2009
A pretty well worth documentary that brings social awareness and a history that goes back to the Watts riots and further.
July 11, 2009
Gives a History of how the two gangs got started in the 60's and really covers about everything i wanted from this documentary. These guys have it rough from birth but some just dont want to work so pick the easy way out, but there are some who know nothing else and see no hope. Its a problem our Government is going to have to deal with. Great documentary.
June 13, 2009
... Just have to watch it really
March 30, 2009
Man, These guys are harcore to the fullest
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