Fruitvale Station

Synopsis: This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant.
Director(s): Ryan Coogler
Production: The Weinstein Company
  39 wins & 53 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

What's your resolution?

- I'm going to cut carbs.

- Aren't you Mexican?

You can't eat nothin' Grandma makes.

It only takes 30 days to form a habit

and then it becomes second nature.

- Who says that?

- Oprah.

OK. Oprah cool now?

What's yours?

I want to quit selling trees.

- Why are we still here?

- I don't know...

Look at that man

taking pictures and sh*t.

Sit down! Shut the f*** up!

- Hey!

- Hey, come on, man!

Come on, now!

Protect and serve!

Protect and serve!

- Come on, man.

- Come on now, y'all!

- Really?

- B*tch-ass n*gger, huh?

B*tch-ass n*gger, aren't ya?

Hey, that's hella f***ed up!

That's f***ed up!

Let him go! What the f***?

Hold up, hold up.

F***, Sophina.I've been holding, how long?

I don't know.

Every time you touch me,

all I can think about is

how you was touching that b*tch.

I'll never hear the end of that sh*t.

You know what?

You're right. Go.

What I gotta do? Hm?

F***ed with her that one time.

Nah. You got caught... one time.

Are you gonna sit here and tell me

that was the first time

you kicked it with that b*tch?

You ain't never

seen her before that, huh?

That sh*t's over with.

All I want is you... and T.


What you mean, forever?

Let me show you.


- Go help.

- Mm-mm. She's asking for you.

- What's up?

- I can't sleep.

It's late.

You want to sleep in here

with Mommy and Daddy?

- Mm-hm.

- Mm-hm.

T, you know better than that.

What time is it?

It's after midnight.

Mommy? Can I have

two fruit snacks today?

No, you can have

an extra apple if you want.

- But, Mommy...

- Don't argue with me, T.

It's too early.

- Oh, come on, we have to go get gas.

- We got enough to get us there.


- Good morning, Tatiana.

- Good morning, Mrs. Stacy.

- How you doin' today, Oscar?

- I'm doing good, you?

See? Told you we'd make it.

You're gonna go home and sleep, right?

Nah, I'm gonna head up to the job.

Get some stuff for tonight.

I'd rather die

than come here on my day off.

We're gonna go to 'Frisco, right?

See the fireworks?

Yeah. We'll do that.

- Cool.

- Cool.

All right, let me get in here.

Mm... The back

of your neck is all salty.

- Are you gonna say bye?

- Bye.

Love you, too!


Last shot, rght here. You sure

you want to work on your brthday?

I'm gonna come get you.

Let's go celebrate.

Well, as tempting as that sounds,

this place would be a mess

without me today.

OK. You still want me to pick up

a couple crabs for later, right?

Yes, and could you pck up

a couple of...

Are you driving?

- Yeah.

- Are you wearing your earpiece?

- Yeah.

- Don't lie to me.

All right, hold on.

- Hello?

- Is it on now?


OK. Yeah. Get me a couple of packets

of dried shrimp.

Stop by on your way

and l'll gve you the money.

Don't worry about that.

All right, then,

I'll pay you back tonight.

Come on, Ma. Don't trip.

You ain't payin' for nothin'

on your birthday.

OK, I need to run on in here, baby.

- I'll see you later tonight?

- Yeah.

- I love you.

- I love you, too.

Thank you.

- Osc, what's good boy?

- What's good with you, bruh?

- Yeah, same sh*t. You looking for Emi?

- Yeah, he here?

I seen that n*gger earlier today, bruh.

I don't know where he at now.

- Oh bruh, came to get some crabs, too.

- Crab... Ah sh*t, that's right.

- It's Ma's birthday today?

- Yeah.

My bad, I forgot.

Tell her I said happy birthday.

- Why don't you come tell her yourself?

- I can't do it tonight, boy.

- I gotta bust some moves.

- You ain't bustin' sh*t.

What's good for the countdown though?

You know, 'Frisco,

fireworks, the whole sh*t.

- Feelin' me?

- Yeah, yeah.

Need help?

Uh, yeah. Can I get a pound of your...

Can you show me

what your sole looks like?


- Sole.

- Uh... OK.

What about your catfish? Can I see that?

- Yeah, cat.

- OK, I want to do like, a fish fry.

Are these ones good to fry?

What the f***, man. It's fish.

You can fry all of it.

Right... Just give me a second.

Yeah. What do you need for Moms, bruh?

Let me get three Dungeness Crab.

From the back, bruh.

Fat ones, too. Don't try and play me.

So, you're having a fish fry

for New Year's or something?

Uh, yeah. Something like that.

Oh, I work here.

I can help you figure it out.

It's my day off.

Um... Well, I'm cooking for a friend

tonight before we go to the city,

and he loves fried fish,

like Southern style...

- Southern. Sounds like he's black.

- Oh, no, he's white.

But he knows

a lot of black people, I guess.


I don't know what I got myself into.

- Hello?

- Grandma?

Oscar, how you doin', baby?

- I'm at work and I got this...

- You're at work?

- Yeah, Grandma.

- Bye.

No, no, no, Grandma.

It's my day off, all right?

- I'm shopping for the party tonight.

- Oh, l'm sorry, baby.

I thought you were playing on the phone.

Oh no, Grandma.

But I do have this customer here.

She wants to have a fish fry,

but she don't know how.

You think you can tell her

everything she needs to know?

Oh, no problem, baby.

What kind of fish does she want to fry?

Grandma, she don't know.

She don't know what kind

of fish she wants to fry?

Nah, Grandma, nah.

Put her on the phone.

- What's her name?

- Grandma Bonnie.

Hi, Grandma Bonnie.

There's Emi's right there, bruh.

... Katie. It's nice to meet you.

- Hey, good morning, Emi.

- Oscar. What's going on?

Trying to pick up some stuff

for my Mom's birthday.

Hope you found everything you need.

Yeah, I just want to talk to you

for a second.

It's a little nuts right now,

holiday and all.

Look, I want to talk about my job.

- The position's been filled.

- Look, look, Emi...

Look, I really need this job, all right?

I was going through some sh*t before

trying to get back on my feet,

you feel me, but... I need this.

You can start me off with one shift

a week or whatever, I'll be here.

Work me 40 hours, only pay me for 20...

Dude, I hired somebody else.

For me to bring you back, that means

I have to let someone else go.

Someone who's never showed up late once.

I'm sorry, I like you, man...

I need this f***in' job, bruh.

You want me sellin' dope, bruh?


You need me outside waiting

for you to get done, bruh?

You take care of yourself.


I'm an expert now.

See you got everything you need.

I've got everything, thank you.

No problem.

- Here you go.

- Oh.

I'm Katie, by the way.

- Oscar.

- Happy New Year.

- Happy New Year.

- What's up, bruh?

- Emi was good.

- He put you back on?

- Starting next week.

- That's what's up.

Take it easy, man.

We celebrating tonight.

- Can you not be late?

- Don't even worry about that, man.

- Just answer your phone. Be safe, bruh.

- All right. Yep.

- Hello?

- Hey chump, what's up?

- What are you doin'?

- Just got back in from the job.

l thought you was off today?

- I am.

- You call Mom yet?

- Yeah, did you?

- Yeah.

But I got some good news

and some bad news.

Gimme the bad news first.

I'm gonna need some help

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Ryan Coogler

Ryan Kyle Coogler is an American film director and screenwriter. His first feature film, Fruitvale Station, won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. more…

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