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Small Axe: Mangrove (2020)




Critic Consensus: Anchored by strong performances and an even stronger sense of conviction, Mangrove is a powerful indictment of institutional racism.


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Mangrove centers on Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes), the owner of Notting Hill's Caribbean restaurant, Mangrove, a lively community base for locals, intellectuals and activists. In a reign of racist terror, the local police raid Mangrove time after time, making Frank and the local community take to the streets in peaceful protest in 1970. When nine men and women, including Frank and leader of the British Black Panther Movement Altheia Jones-LeCointe (Letitia Wright), and activist Darcus Howe (Malachi Kirby), are wrongly arrested and charged with incitement to riot, a highly publicized trial ensues, leading to hard-fought win for those fighting against discrimination. Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Shaun Parkes (Lost in Space), and Malachi Kirby (Curfew) star alongside Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty), Jack Lowden (The Long Song), Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsmen), Gershwyn Eustache (The Gentleman), Nathaniel Martello-White (Collateral), Richie Campbell (Liar), Jumayn Hunter (Les Miserables), and Gary Beadle (Summer of Rockets). Mangrove was co-written by Alastair Siddons and Steve McQueen.


Shaun Parkes
as Frank Crichlow
Letitia Wright
as Altheia Jones-LeCointe
Malachi Kirby
as Darcus Howe
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All Critics (136) | Top Critics (44)

It boasts a profound sense of character, culture, place, and history. It does not simply feel impressive - it feels necessary.

January 11, 2022 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

An electrifying account of a landmark 1971 trial that exposed anti-Black racism within London's Metropolitan Police.

November 20, 2020 | Full Review…
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"Mangrove" rings with such authenticity it feels like a documentary.

November 19, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In the same way that the Mangrove Nine upended expectations and protocol in the court system, McQueen and his crew take the familiar trope of injustice on trial and inject it with fresh vigor.

October 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Considered on its own terms, "Mangrove" is first-rate filmmaking even when it falls into a tried-and-true recipe

September 28, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The standard, expected beats and tropes are hit, but what happens within those elements makes the film so powerful and so rewarding.

September 25, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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