MOVIE TRAILERS I HAVE LOVED: ”CLOCKERS”
When I saw this trailer for the movie Clockers in 1995, I was SOLD. I thought it was gonna be the most amazing movie EVER. Martin Scorsese producing a Spike Lee film? With Harvey Keitel and John Turturro? And it looked so different, the way it was shot, it didn’t look like any other movie I had seen at that point. Also, I don’t think I had heard “All Along The Watchtower” used in a million other things yet, so its use at the end sort of knocked me out.
In the end, the movie was just okay. Not bad, but not the life-altering experience I’d anticipated. The best thing about the movie was Delroy Lindo, whom I’d never seen before. John Turturro, so prominent in the trailer, was barely in it at all.
Seeing it again now, it’s still a pretty good trailer, but I feel like other movies and TV shows have since delivered on the things I thought it was promising, so it’s lost a lot of the power it once had.
EDITED TO ADD:
*Dyna Moe notes: ”And it stole its poster design. That’s the only association I have with it: ‘Ripped off poster.’”
TRUE! The poster for Clockers was pretty much a straight steal from the Saul Bass poster for Anatomy Of A Murder. Bass himself complained about it, saying, “The convention is when anyone steals something, they call it an homage.”
I stole that quote from this 1995 Entertainment Weekly article.