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 shit.

Sit down! Shut the f*ck up!

- Hey!

- Hey, come on, man!

Come on, now!

Protect and serve!

Protect and serve!

- Come on, man.

- Come on now, y'all!

- Really?

- Bitch-ass n*gger, huh?

Bitch-ass n*gger, aren't ya?

Hey, that's hella fucked up!

That's fucked up!

Let him go! What the f*ck?

Hold up, hold up.

F*ck, 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 bitch.

I'll never hear the end of that shit.

You know what?

You're right. Go.

What I gotta do? Hm?

Fucked 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 bitch?

You ain't never

seen her before that, huh?

That shit'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 shit. 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 shit, 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' shit.

What's good for the countdown though?

You know, 'Frisco,

fireworks, the whole shit.

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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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