Fruitvale Station (DVD)

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FRUITVALE was the winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. 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 Years Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasnt 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.

Product Details

Movies & TV
1 Sep 2014
Region 2
85 min
Age Restriction
16 LV
Supply Source
South Africa


Fruitvale Station
Release Year
Running Time
84 min
Alternate Title
Dramas / Biography / Biographical / Murder / Race Relations
US Box Office
$16.1 million
Official Website
Rotten Tomatoes®
94% 87%
Filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature directorial debut with this drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a vibrant 22-year-old Bay Area father who was senselessly gunned down by BART officers on New Year's Day in 2009, and whose murder sent shockwaves through the nation after being captured on camera by his fellow passengers. Octavia L. Spencer, Melonie Diaz, and Kevin Durand co-star.
Poster for Fruitvale Station
Cast & Crew
Ryan Coogler
Melonie Diaz / Kevin Durand / Michael B. Jordan / Ahna O'Reilly / Octavia L. Spencer
Robert Aljouny / William Enzoe Bayley / Darren Bridgett / John Burke / Jonez Cain / Israel Cesar / Kassandra Cesar / Jessica Clark / Liisa Cohen / Tom Cokenias / Keenan Coogler / Kurt Cotton / Nick Crispen / Charmaine Davis / Destiny Ekweume / Christina Elmore / Alan C. Foster / Alex Garcia / Jason Garcia / Trestin George / William Gochez / Tatiyana Gomez / Tristan Gray / Marvin Greene / Kenny Griffin / Della Hamlin / Lucena Herrera / Jasmin James / Michael James / Steven Craig Johnson / Wanda Johnson / Spencer Kalin-Mulder / Julian Keyes / Guzman Leonel / Caroline Lesley / James Mastel / Nicole Maxali / Jemal McNeil / Dustin Miller / Laurel Moglen / Chris Morocco / Chad Michael Murray / Ariana Neal / Jennifer Nicole / Alejandra Nolasco / Joey Oglesby / Maleah Nipay Padilla / Monty Paulson / Lola Preza / Reggie Rahming / Saul Ramirez / Brian Richardson / Chris Riedell / Ruben Rivera / Bianca Rodriguez / Marjorie Shears / Patrick Sieler / Noah Staggs / Maya Tapia / Tamera Tomakili / Victor Toman / Razon Tramble / Herman Tsui / Sergio Valle / Matthew Ward / Denzel Worthington / Thomas Wright / Levi Zavala / Noah Zavala / Nassir "Sammy" Zughayer
Ryan Coogler
Ludwig Goransson
Director of Photography
Rachel Morrison
Jihyun Kim
Assistant Director
Antonio Grana
Sound Re-Recording
Bob Edwards / Zach Martin
Stunt Coordinator
Rocky Capella
Set Decorator
Kris Boxell
Aurora Bergere
Music Director
Jonathan Leahy / Manish Raval / Haroula Rose / Tom Wolfe
Visual Effects Designer
Studio 400a
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"[Jordan] is, unquestionably, the film’s greatest asset....The actor relocates some of the gravity of his devastating arc on 'The Wire'..."
A.A. Dowd (11 Jul 2013, )
Chicago Sun-Times
"The intimacy of debut writer-director Ryan Coogler’s approach to the film and the no-frills, believably real quality of the main performances combine to drive the senselessness of Oscar’s killing home with visceral impact."
Bruce Ingram (18 Jul 2013, )
Entertainment Weekly
"Jordan's performance is grippingly subtle....It's great political filmmaking, period." -- Grade: A
Owen Gleiberman (12 Jul 2013, )
Los Angeles Times
"Made with assurance and deep emotion, FRUITVALE STATION is more than a remarkable directing debut for 26-year-old Ryan Coogler. It's an outstanding film by any standard."
Kenneth Turan (11 Jul 2013, )
New York Times
"[A] powerful and sensitive debut feature....Everything it has to say about class, masculinity and the tricky relations among different kinds of people in a proudly diverse and liberal metropolis is embedded in details of character and place."
A. O. Scott (12 Jul 2013, )
4 stars out of 4 -- "FRUITVALE STATION is about what we can imagine when we cast our gaze across the longstanding divides in this persistently, cancerously segregated American society."
Steven Boone (11 Jul 2013, )
Rolling Stone
"[D]ebuting director Ryan Coogler creates a bruising masterpiece."
Peter Travers (23 May 2013, )
USA Today
4 stars out of 4 -- "FRUITVALE STATION is a profoundly compelling, gut-wrenching and important film."
Claudia Puig (11 Jul 2013, )
Wall Street Journal
"FRUITVALE STATION is a directorial debut of limitless promise; as a first feature it's almost miraculous."
(11 Jul 2013, )