Robert’s Reviews: Detroit

Hello Clever People!  Welcome to my review for the film based on the race related Detroit riots in 1967 that related to police brutality, Detroit. This film chronicles the night at the Algiers hotel when multiple racist cops came into a building and questioned white and black people alike about a supposed gun shot they heard, and the events afterwards and the consequences that certain people had to face that were both terrifying and brutal. Click the link below to watch the review!

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 15-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to
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4 Responses

  1. Robert, I love waking up to your Saturday reviews. You’re so articulate, and you throw in little nuggets that make me think and even laugh. (“The guy with the punchable face…”)

    Thank you, Robert!

  2. Russell J. Swartz says:

    During the 1967 Detroit riot I lived and worked in Detroit. I had the unique experience of driving through an American city passed machine gun emplacements guarding gun and liquor stores, passed stores and houses gutted by the rioters to a complex of factories near the River Rouge where I worked. Here I found fear that these factories, the seven-story coal pile next to the factory where I worked and other valuable property would become the next target of the rioters. The following year I taught in the Detroit inner-city and a number of my students were among the rioters the previous summer. They spoke, with some animation, of their participation in the riots and what they had looted. I know that there was substantial injustice in Detroit and legitimate complaints about the power structure but I also know that many of the rioters were simply out to get whatever they could.

    • conservative says:

      In the late 50s, my grandfather took me to the Rouge plant a few times to show off his first grandson to his buddies.   My grandfather was a blacksmith turned millwright foreman for 40 years.

      The story of Detroit is so complex it is better suited to books.  Detroit was the Silicon Valley of its day when I was born at Henry Ford Hospital in the 1940s.  Hundreds of thousands of poor Southerners came to Detroit during world war 2.  When the Japanese  began producing cars better than Detroit, there could never be enough jobs for the functionally illiterate black and white migrants.  Highly skilled tool and die makers were educated at  Ford Trade School, and engineers from Cass Tech and Michigan’s great university engineering schools.

      When I graduated from a Catholic all boys high school in Detroit in 1967, the city had an explosive mixture of Klu Klux Klansmen, segregated cities like Dearborn, organized crime, heroin, and no hope for those ex-southerners.  In the wake of the riots, Father Cunningham started Project Hope to train talented black young men as tool and die makers.

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