David Everitt
June 10, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Crooklyn

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
05/13/94
performer
Zelda Harris, Delroy Lindo, Alfre Woodard, Spike Lee
director
Spike Lee
distributor
Universal
author
Spike Lee
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

Despite threatening to do for Mavis Staples what The Big Chill soundtrack did for Procol Harum — i.e., irreparably overexpose her — the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s latest, Crooklyn, is a tasty way of pillaging the past. A collection of classic ’70s soul spiked with two new hip-hop tracks, the disc demonstrates the enduring relevance of blaxploitation funk, as heard on hits like the Staple Singers’ “Respect Yourself,” Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusher Man,” and Jean Knight’s “Mr. Big Stuff.” A-

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