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Crown Heights (2017)



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In the spring of 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin's childhood friend Carl 'KC' King devotes his life to fighting for Colin's freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system. This incredible true story is adapted from the acclaimed This American Life segment by writer/director Matt Ruskin, with Lakeith Stanfield playing Colin Warner and Nnamdi Asomugha as Carl King.


LaKeith Stanfield
as Colin Warner
Nnamdi Asomugha
as Carl King
Natalie Paul
as Antoinette
Bill Camp
as William Robedee
Nestor Carbonell
as Bruce Regenstreich
Amari Cheatom
as Leon Grant
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Like its protagonist, sensitively and shrewdly played by Lakeith Stanfield, the film is soft-spoken and thoughtful, with sweet, lyrical touches that alleviate some of the grimness without blunting the cruelty and injustice of what happened.

August 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Crown Heights is as razor-sharp and focused on its historical context and the byzantine workings of the system it takes place in as its increasingly sobered leads.

August 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Stanfield is exceptional, his visage a mixture of bewilderment, humiliation, and simmering rage. His performance grounds the film, and keeps it going through its less confident patches.

January 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Pushing through all of these negative elements is Stanfield's performance, finding honesty whenever he can. I just wish the movie around him was anywhere near as good.

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Too crammed and hectic to convey the immensity of the systemic evils that run through its ruptured heart.

January 25, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Ruskin continually requires wounded earnestness from his lead, and shows little of whatever spark of inner life must have been required for Warner to survive these years without losing his mind.

January 24, 2017 | Full Review…

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