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Spike Lee’s furious, blunt and brilliant comedy about a black cop who goes undercover with the KKK.
“BlacKkKlansman is a furious, funny, blunt and brilliant confrontation with the truth. It’s an alarm clock ringing in the midst of a historical nightmare, and also a symphony, the rare piece of political popular art that works in all three dimensions.” —New York Times
Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director
Visionary filmmaker Spike Lee delivers his greatest and most galvanizing movie in years: the incredible yet darkly funny true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth proposes a seemingly insane mission: infiltrate and expose the local Klu Klux Klan and righteously screw with it from the inside.
The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Oscar-nominee Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Like his previous game-changers Do the Right Thing and Malcom X, this unflinching film gets your blood up about the toxic and enduring power of racism. Walking a tightrope over the heroic best and craven worst of humanity, Lee delivers a hell-raising masterpiece and an incendiary indictment of our current moment.
D: Spike Lee, US, 2018, 2h15m