Red Hook Summer

Synopsis: A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Spike Lee
Production: Variance Films
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min


Boy, get that thing out of my face, please.

Mr. Tk, wait for me.

Yes, ma'am.

Come on.

Come on, babe.

Come on.

Careful, James,

before you break your neck.

lt's here.

All right, come on.


Somebody peed in there, a lot.

Silas, come on. Get in there.

They sure did pee in here.

Oh, yes. God is great.

This is your grandson.

This is your grandfather.

He's in good hands, Colleen.

Give me a hug, come on.

Be good.

And do not hesitate to call me for anything.

Do you want to come inside for a minute?

No, thank you. l have Tk waiting for me.

l'm going to take the stairs.


l love you.

l love you, too.

Have a good trip, Colleen.


Well, come on in.

No TV set?

Don't need one.

Just the devil's words to fill an idle mind.

Where do l sleep with my empty mind?

l'll show you when you get

that thing off your face.

lt's not a thing. lt's called an iPad 2.

-Well, turn it off, Silas.

-They call me Flik!

What happened to your Christian name?

l rented it out on Facebook.

l do not want to talk to a box,

when l'm meeting my grandson

for the first time.

Now, why don't you call me Big Papa.

Granddad sounds too old.

Why don't you call me Rip Van Winkle.

l'm tired. Where do l sleep?


ln Atlanta,

my room is four times as big as this.

Well, this is your room.

Got a nice view.

You can see all God's gifts.

You hungry?

l got USA Chicken.

The best fried chicken in all of Brooklyn.

l don't eat fried chicken. l'm vegan.

lsn't Jesus black?

We don't know what color Jesus was.

Why is he white then?

(CHUCKLES) You know,

you are your momma's son.

This is not food.

Come on. We're going shopping.

Let me see your ill skateboard flow!


-Can l?


Come on, l got some people

l want you to meet.

-Sister Shirley.

-Good morning!

-Sister Sweet.

-Hey, Bishop Enoch.

l'd like you to meet my grandson, Silas here.


Well, what do you say, honey?

-Oh, hello.


Sister Shirley,

l'm sending him around the church,

will you keep an eye on him for a little bit?

Of course. l'll send Chazz.

Keep them both out of trouble.

Give them some direction.

Good, better, best, never...

Never let it rest, until good gets better

and your better gets best.

Thank you, Sister Shirley.

ls that cornbread, Sister Sweet?

lf it was, l'd be eating it!

l'm on my way to work.

l'll see you all Sunday.

Okay, now.

-Need a hand there?

-Yeah, get me on out of here.

-Thank you, baby.

-You have a blessed day now.

-All right. You, too.


l bet that is cornbread.

This is the place for it then.

Sweet's cornbread ain't never been strong.

You saying her cornbread's for the birds?

l'm telling you it ain't as good as mines.

You watch yourself with my Chazz now.

No, no, no, Silas, don't even think about it.

Ain't nothing there.

-Hey, Mother Darling.

-Hey, Sister Shirley. How are you, honey?

Mr. Mookie,

do you have a moment for Jehovah today?

-Hell to the no!

-Jehovah loves you!

Mookie, when are you going

to leave Sal's Famous

and come on over to Lil' Heaven, son?

-l gotta get paid!


Mother Darling, l'd like you

to meet my grandson, Silas here.

Your... Silas.

Ooh! What a fine-looking young man.

Ooh, he's a fine-looking man.

Do you want some water, Sister?

l'm going on over to the C-Town.

No, thank you, Bishop. l'll pass.

Well, you know,

it's cool over in the land of Jesus,

where the water is sweet, the air is clear.

Mark says, "A prophet is not without honor."

And it depends on the prophet.

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Spike Lee

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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