Directed by John Singleton, a fictional version of the 1923 Rosewood massacre in Florida, where African American were slaughtered and run off their land. Loaded with Hollywood stars such as Ester Role as Aunt Sarah, Ving Rhames as Mann, Don Cheadle as Sylvester Carrier and Jon Voight as John Wright. The movie was prompted after the 1980 Newspaper report on this secret incident and the 1990's suit of survivors. Also, the fact that Florida is the first state to pay out reparations to the survivors and their descendants was the motivation. This movie sheds light on how a white woman's word in the 1920's supersedes what a multitude of African Americans reported seeing.
Fanny Taylor played by Catherine Kellner is a white woman that has affairs with men when her husband is at work. Everyone knows but does not tell her husband. Meanwhile, after one of her escapades with a drifter, he gets rough and leaving bruises. She freaks out then screams rape and it was a black man. The white men of the town start going out and accusing and killing black people. There is a stand off at the home of one black man and he fights back after being forced.
Meanwhile the mob of drunken angry white men attempt to enter adjacent towns killing and burning down the homes of black people. Some towns don't want any part of their craziness, turn them around and send them back their way.
Retuning back to Rosewood they kill, torture and burn homes of every black person they come across. Then they start to meet real resistance when they run into Mann. He is determined to get the women and children onto the train. Mr. Wright is bring to the meeting point. After several days the riots end and people begin to pick up the pieces and rebuild Rosewood.
- Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Esther Rolle, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill
- Warner Home Video
- John Singleton