BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee (2018)

129min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Spike Lee's "joint" recounts the extraordinary true story of Ron Stallworth, the black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in 1972. Told with gritty swagger, BlacKkKlansman's collage-like assembly ensures it's much more than a biopic as, responding to an advert seeking new members of the KKK, Ron (John David Washington) ingratiates himself to the local chapter head over the phone. After sending his Jewish colleague Flip (Adam Driver) to meet in person, Ron continues his telephone-based charm offensive by befriending Grand Wizard David Duke (Topher Grace). Washington, son of Denzel, rises to the challenge of his first major film role, and the ever-reliable Driver subtly suggests Flip's own conflict. Meanwhile, wielding a wonderful sense of the absurd, Lee joins the dots between then and now in a way that's ultimately chilling, arguing that the rebranding of the KKK leads to their ideas infecting the mainstream and, eventually, the White House. The film is as playful as it is political and, although the scattershot approach doesn't always cohere, Lee struts his film-making stuff with ambition and gusto. The connections he makes are hard to deny.

Summary

During the 1970s, Ron Stallworth, the first African-American police officer to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, attempts to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the assistance of Jewish cop Flip Zimmerman. Spike Lee's Bafta and Oscar-winning drama based on a true story, starring John David Washington and Adam Driver.

Cast & Crew

Ron Stallworth John David Washington
Flip Zimmerman Adam Driver
David Duke Topher Grace
Patrice Dumas Laura Harrier
Walter Breachway Ryan Eggold
Felix Jasper Paakkonen
Kwame Ture Corey Hawkins
Ivanhoe Paul Walter Hauser
Connie Ashlie Atkinson
Dr Kennebrew Beauregard / Narrator Alec Baldwin
Jerome Turner Harry Belafonte
Mr Turrentine Isiah Whitlock Jr
Chief Bridges Robert Burke
Jimmy Creek Michael Buscemi
Master Patrolman Andy Landers Frederick Weller
Walker Nicholas Turturro
Director Spike Lee
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearing, racist languageAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Aug 2018
Drama