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The Cool World (1963)

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Crime Drama 19631h 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 crime and drama movie with an average IMDb audience rating of 6.5 (584 votes) and was very well received by critics.

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#4338 Ranked in Crime Movies

The Cool World has an average IMDb audience rating of 6.5 (584 votes) and was very well received by critics. The movie is somewhat popular with Reelgood users lately.

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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.

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Runtime: 1h 45m

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Related Genres: CrimeDrama
Country of origin: America
Original Release Date: Jan 1, 1963