Detroit

Detroit

DVD - 2017 | Widescreen version
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Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD D DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (143 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
widescreen (1.85:1),24 fps
NTSC
video file,DVD video,Region 1
Alternative Title: Detroit (Motion picture : 2017)
ISBN: 9786317026346
6317026343

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This film, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, is based on the Algiers Motel incident during Detroit's 1967 Riot. Difficult to watch because of the raw brutality, it is nevertheless an important work which portrays actual police behavior and treatment of unarmed black men. Still timely and important.


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ReaganLam
Mar 09, 2020

This movie is a must see. Saw it on the big screen three years ago. Based on true events, true crime, and true grit! The film had me interested every single bit. No boring spot or space at all in this movie. Great performances as well done by some amazing talented actors. This is an important film to see for those following the race relations in the 60s and now. It gives you context for the Police brutality occurring today against unarmed blacks in America.

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dirtbag
Sep 15, 2019

Bigelow spends a lot of time shooting in the dark and using a handheld camera..... both of these things I find annoying and distracting. Overall a good movie, but might have been even better with a different director.

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voisjoe1_0
Sep 08, 2019

I read a book on the subject with a title something like "The Algiers Motel Incident" shortly after it happened. Having been a survivor of a smaller similar "incident", I can testify that this whole thing rings true. My lawyer told me, I'm kinda' lucky being white as I am still alive. The taunting, the lies and rage of the white officers is just how they act. They can do this stuff and 99% of the time they get away with such brutality and murder. Only recently with videos and smart phones do just a small number of police ever get charged or convicted.

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BPDaegan
Feb 08, 2019

I made the personal discovery of director Kathyrn Bigelow through "Strange Days" and later enjoyed what came with "The Hurt Locker" and other films of her's. When I saw the preview for this film it looked interesting; when I saw the Kathyrn Bigelow directed it I immediately put it on my to-watch list and waited with anticipation to see it. Now watching it ... I got about 1/2 way through and did something I rarely do with any film -- I shut it off! The story seemed to get hung up on one particular scene that was violent and didn't seem to be going anywhere. I can stomach some violence that has purpose with a story, but when there seems to be no more story then the violence becomes violence for nothing but the sake violence.

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ABou1391
Dec 02, 2018

Liked the fact that this movie didn't absolve the Detroit police department, the military, or the national guard. Too often films about the armed institutions of the state, even films made by black directors (*cough* Black Klansman *cough*), are quick to portray those institutions as benevolent, and portray the perpetrators of violence within those institutions as "bad apples." "Detroit" doesn't shy away from the fact of state institutional violence. It shows the harsh reality of how racist state power functioned in the context of the 1967 riot and for that I'm actually grateful.

Too often marginalized peoples are gas-lighted into believing that either the violence they experience isn't real, and/or that the state is benevolent actor and not an active participant in the violence they experience. This film shines a light on exactly the formal and informal ways this violence functions.

That said, it's a real heavy film. The racist and misogynistic violence of this film is in full focus and that can be hard to watch.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 29, 2018

Deeply unsettling, deeply problematic film from Kathyrn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, who also did "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty." As many have pointed out, the torture of the black characters borders on exploitive, and you do wonder why they couldn't have a black filmmaker involved. John Boyega (the new "Star Wars" series) gives a great performance. I'm not saying don't see, it but maybe read the following article and books first.
https://thebaffler.com/salvos/three-days-in-detroit-moore
https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/algiers-motel-incident

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uncommonreader
Jun 25, 2018

Based on real events 51 years ago, unfortunately, this is still a timely film.

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avocadotree
Jun 21, 2018

I had to skip through some of the motel parts. That scene wouldn't end and it was terrorizing. Then the ending is without justice. It's messed up. This is difficult to comment on. Watch if you can stand seeing police brutality and the main dick cop is super annoying. I couldn't stand him in this. That actor is not my cup of tea.

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akirakato
Jun 04, 2018

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow in 2017 based on the Algiers Motel incident during Detroit's 1967 Riot, this American docudrama delves into the tragic indident.
Superb are the performances of all the actors who really show the fear and intensity of the inner feeling from the death threat in the motel.
It is one of the worst tragic racial incidents that show you the justice system seemed far from right.

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duane767
May 13, 2018

Brits continue to play better Americans than Americans do and a sordid story from 60s Detroit hits the silver screen with its sadness, violence, and horror. Worth a watch but it may not the 'happily ever after' ending that you might desire or be accustomed to.

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jimg2000
Feb 26, 2018

You shot him in the back.
-Right. He was... He was running away from me. Where else do you
want me to shoot?
My point was him being no threat to you.
-In hindsight, but I'm thinking, ...why is he running away from me, ...if all he did was steal some groceries? What if he killed somebody in that grocery store? He's avoiding the police. What do you assume from that?
You don't assume. If he had a weapon in his hand, that's another story. We don't shoot for robberies.
-Detective, you know it's a war zone out there, right? Yeah. 10th had to shut down. They're destroying the city. We're facilitating that with the message we send, ...which is that it's okay, go ahead, burn down your houses, ...rob a store. It's total chaos. And... Where does that lead us long term, Detective?

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