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Rosewood is the true story of an almost unknown incident in a small Florida town, (fictionalized, but faithful to the known facts, as documented in a 1994 report by the Florida Legislature). The town was inhabited almost entirely by quiet, "middle-class" African- Americans (most of them home and land owners and better off than average at the time.) On New Year's day, 1923, the town was wiped off the face of the earth by angry whites from a neighboring community. Based on palpably false testimony
Feb 21, 1997 Wide
Jul 3, 2001
Warner Home Video
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Rhames' gravity and grace, Voight's pinched anguish as he wills himself to do right, the moving work of actors like Don Cheadle and Esther Rolle do much to redeem this film for human if not historical reality.
Although it increasingly succumbs to a tendency toward conventional movie heroics, John Singleton's fourth film tells a story of rare interest and tragedy...
The need to bear witness against atrocity, to testify that something wicked this way came, is the powerful drive that animates Rosewood, the story of an American tragedy so horrific no one talked about it for more than half a century.
Rosewood is startling, infuriating, painful history played out as a not-very-satisfying, overly ambitious and overlong movie.
The intentions are unassailable: to dramatize a forgotten injustice and sear it into contemporary memory so it's never allowed to happen again. But the movie is long and didactic, undermined by the faintly pious air of an educational slide show.
Stirring story, indifferently realized.
John Singleton, with Rosewood, proves himself to be a capable and talented director, bringing to life a piece of violent American history that some would have preferred left unremembered.
Gripping and pretty darn tense historical drama.
A charged, wrenching drama about one of the most shameful events in American history.
Instead of simply stating that the racism is bad, Singleton tries to explain it through characters, which are multidimensional and believable, regardless of their race.
Decent effort, but couldn't decide if it wanted to be a historical drama or an action flick.
A harrowing look at a shameful incident that one wishes could be dismessed as fiction.
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