Spike Lee & Martin Scorcese, an unlikely collaboration. Scorsese was originally set to direct Clockers but his commitments to Casino got in the way. He stepped aside and became producer, giving the film over to Spike Lee. It's one of the most potently graphic urban gangsta movie's there is. The movie grabs you by the throat right from the opening credits with a montage of confronting and disgusting crime scene photos. This is an ugly film with Spike Lee's trademark racial statement. During the 80s and 90s he was a truly prolific director, having made some of the most powerful and significant films of the generation. "Do The Right Thing" is his opus but for me Clockers runs a close second. Harvey Keitel, John Tuturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer and others all give rock solid performances and Lee's approach to the film's aesthetic creates a hard, cold and brutal drama for strong stomaches. It's a near perfect film and watching it again I can't help but feel that it had to inspire The Wire (HBO)... there are so many similarities. It's also one of the few Spike Lee films that hasn't become a victim to time and cultural change. It stands strong and hasn't dated...