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Detroit (2017)

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Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Officer Frank
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Police Sergeant James
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Police Officer Bill
Andrea Eversley ...
Dancer
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Vietnam Vet
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Blind Pig Patron
Tokunbo Joshua Olumide ...
Dave
Daniel Washington ...
Blind Pig Bouncer
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Undercover Cop
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Leon
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Benz Veal ...
Angel Blaise ...
Young Kid #1
Lance Law ...
Young Kid #2
Jaleel Sanders ...
Young Kid #3
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Storyline

A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest RACE riots in United States history. The story is centred around the Algiers Motel incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women.

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It's Time We Knew

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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4 August 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detroit: Zona de conflicto  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$350,190, 30 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,790,139, 12 October 2017
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1.85 : 1
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Filmed in Brockton, Massachusetts in September 2016. A set depicting 1967 Detroit was built at the site of the Liberty Tree, a sycamore planted in 1763 which marked a stop on the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, slaves on their way north to freedom were hidden in Edward Bennett's stables during the day so they could travel under the cover of darkness. See more »

Goofs

On the chalkboard map in the police station, Livernois Ave. was misspelled as Livenois. See more »

Quotes

Krauss: [to Greene] You don't talk about this to anyone, ever.
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Connections

Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: Detroit (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Know) I'm Losing You
Written by Cornelius Grant, Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.) and Norman Whitfield
Performed by The Temptations
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
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A fictitious version of real events.
1 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

This film is what is called a dramatization, which is in keeping with the old the tag line "based on a true story." There was indeed an incident at the Algiers, and three young men died. Exactly what happened that night has been researched and debated for fifty years. Half a century and nobody can tell the actual story with certainty. This film gives one version, but that is not based on good evidence, it is a theory of what may have happened, and fictionalized to make for more exciting cinema.

I would give this movie a 10 as a propaganda piece, zero as a documentary, but more than one star for good acting which is unfortunately countered by inauthentic locations. The Algiers is gone, but much of 1968 Detroit is still there, and if you are going to build a set there is plenty of space in Motown, yet the filmmakers did it in Massachusetts and missed the opportunity to include as much authentic Detroit scenery and the presentation of real Detroit people as could be done with a film set 50 years ago.


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