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Sucker Free City (2004)

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Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee makes the leap from the big screen to the small screen for this Showtime drama concerning the battle waged between black, white, an Asian gangs for control of the San Francisco streets. A modern-day melting pot that has become home to some of the vicious street-gangs in the country, San Francisco is a city teeming with racial tension. When each gang lays claim to the streets in a desperate bid to establish their turf, the simmering tensions soon boil to the surface in a violent eruption of murder and chaos.
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    Showtime Networks Inc.

Cast

Ken Leung
as Lincoln Ma
Laura Allen
as Samantha
T.V. Carpio
as Angela Tsing
Stanford Chase
as Peter Woo
John Savage
as Anderson
Marguerite Moreau
as Jessica Epstein
Judy Pace
as Mama June
Eyal Podell
as Stephen Cashen
Jim Brown
as Don Strickland
Ewan Chung
as Edwin Leong
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Critic Reviews for Sucker Free City

All Critics (1)

two excellent hours

Full Review… | March 17, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Sucker Free City

½

I didn't realize until after the fact that this was supposed to be a pilot to a passed-on Showtime series, which makes a long of sense, because as is, the story's incomplete. Still, there's a lot to like here, even if it can't break away from The Wire's brilliance and scale. Clearly, out of the three protagonists, Ken Leung gets the short shift, though he's probably the most interesting character. Curious to see where a series could've gone. A different note in the Spike Lee oeuvre, recognizable only by Lee's penchant for being overdramatic.

Trent Johnson
Trent Johnson

Funny how shit works out: Spike Lee directed this pilot for a possible Showtime series- for TV, written by someone else- and it was by miles ahead better than the other shit he put out that same year, which he wrote and was garbage. This is cool crime drama, shot with a masterful level of professionalism and moments of real 'Spike' action (plus the one funny part of Bamboozled is featured prominently: DaBOMB malt liquor), with the only drawback being the given open ending. Needs to be seen by more people who don't know that Lee can direct something mainstream outside of NYC.

Jack Gattanella
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