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The Cool World

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6.4/10
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5 Ratings
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1963

Drama

1h 45m

Filmmaker Shirley Clarke ("The Connection") directs this powerful, stark semi-documentary look at the horrors of Harlem ghetto slum life filled with drugs, violence, human misery, and a sense of despair due to the racial prejudices of American society. There is no patronizing of the black race in this cinematic cry for justice. A fifteen-year-old boy called Duke is ambitious to buy a "piece" (a gun) from an adult racketeer named Priest, to become president of the gang to which he belongs, and to return them to active "bopping" (gang fighting) which has declined in Harlem. It is a clearly patent allegory of an attempt by Duke to attain manhood and identity in the only way accessible to him - the antisocial one. The Cool World featuring Rony Clanton and Carl Lee is not currently available to stream, rent, or buy but you can add it to your want to see list for updates. It's a documentary and drama movie with an average IMDb audience rating of 6.4 (673 votes) and was very well received by critics.

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Filmmaker Shirley Clarke ("The Connection") directs this powerful, stark semi-documentary look at the horrors of Harlem ghetto slum life filled with drugs, violence, human misery, and a sense of despair due to the racial prejudices of American society. There is no patronizing of the black race in this cinematic cry for justice. A fifteen-year-old boy called Duke is ambitious to buy a "piece" (a gun) from an adult racketeer named Priest, to become president of the gang to which he belongs, and to return them to active "bopping" (gang fighting) which has declined in Harlem. It is a clearly patent allegory of an attempt by Duke to attain manhood and identity in the only way accessible to him - the antisocial one. The Cool World featuring Rony Clanton and Carl Lee is not currently available to stream, rent, or buy but you can add it to your want to see list for updates. It's a documentary and drama movie with an average IMDb audience rating of 6.4 (673 votes) and was very well received by critics.

Drama

Documentary

1963

1h45m

US

Director

Shirley Clarke

Duke (as Hampton Clanton)

Rony Clanton

Priest

Carl Lee

Blood (as Clarence Williams)

Clarence Williams III

Littleman

Gary Bolling

Duke's Mom

Gloria Foster

Mom's lover

Ted Butler

Prostitute

Marilyn Cox

Street speaker

Richard Ward

Composer

Mal Waldron

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5 Ratings
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