Fruitvale Station

2013, Drama, 1h 25m

214 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Passionate and powerfully acted, Fruitvale Station serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan. Read critic reviews

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Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) and young daughter (Ariana Neal). Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar's life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year's Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy. Based on a true story.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Durand
Officer Caruso
Joey Oglesby
Daniel Cale
Laurel Moglen
Mrs. Zafiratos
Noah Staggs
Officer Davidson
Ryan Coogler
Screenwriter
Michael Y. Chow
Executive Producer
Lisa Kleiner-Chanoff
Executive Producer
John Kwok
Executive Producer
Octavia Spencer
Executive Producer
Ludwig Göransson
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Rachel Morrison
Cinematographer
Hannah Beachler
Production Design
Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Costume Designer
Kris Boxell
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Critic Reviews for Fruitvale Station

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  • First-time director Ryan Coogler chose to tell Grant's story as a narrative instead of a documentary to centre his voice and his life, in the process raising important questions about police brutality and the value of black lives.

    July 13, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Fruitvale Station offers no social remedies, but by recreating Grant's final hours, it actualizes him as a man, not just a rally cry.

    March 31, 2020 | Full Review…
  • While Fruitvale Station is elevated by Jordan's portrayal, the supporting cast, whose characters surround Oscar even during his most internal struggles, is also magnetic to watch.

    September 7, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • This is a film for the people, a film for feelers and thinkers who want to see a story about a flawed person who loved his daughter and family.

    August 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Michael B. Jordon honed his talent on series like The Wire and Friday Night Lights. His performance seems natural but that doesn't mean it was easy to achieve. It's subtle, deep and fiery.

    March 21, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Coogler's realistic debut recreates Grant's final day with affection, refusing to cast him as either saint or sinner.

    September 23, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • First-time director Ryan Coogler chose to tell Grant's story as a narrative instead of a documentary to centre his voice and his life, in the process raising important questions about police brutality and the value of black lives.

    July 13, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Fruitvale Station offers no social remedies, but by recreating Grant's final hours, it actualizes him as a man, not just a rally cry.

    March 31, 2020 | Full Review…
  • While Fruitvale Station is elevated by Jordan's portrayal, the supporting cast, whose characters surround Oscar even during his most internal struggles, is also magnetic to watch.

    September 7, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • This is a film for the people, a film for feelers and thinkers who want to see a story about a flawed person who loved his daughter and family.

    August 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, Fruitvale Station is a great film because it sticks to a single core concept - the portrayal of a single life, the mundane, difficult, and sublime nature of which was lost in the media controversy and the ensuing riots.

    February 25, 2021 | Full Review…
  • This is not an easy film to watch, but it's an important one. It should be and needs to be seen.

    July 24, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fruitvale Station

  • Nov 30, 2015
    Very good film. Excellent acting all around. Definitely worth seeing.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2015
    It's good but I don't feel cinema was the best medium for the story as it feels stretched out. Somebody needs to make a documentary.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2015
    Michael B. Jordan excels in a sensitive portrayal of a troubled young man, unaware that his time is running out. A poignant story with simple but gripping storytelling.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2014
    An effective tribute to a regular, normal, imperfect American who was a victim of horrible injustice. It makes us sad, but also more aware of the fatal flaws of our system.
    Jared H Super Reviewer

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