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The Black Klansman (1966)

 |  Drama  |  June 1966 (USA)
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After a black man's daughter is killed by the KKK, he seeks revenge by becoming a Klansman.

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Richard Gilden ...
Jerry Ellsworth
Rima Kutner ...
Andrea
Harry Lovejoy ...
Rock
Max Julien ...
Raymond
Jakie Deslonde ...
Farley
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Lonnie (as Jimmy Mack)
Maureen Gaffney ...
Carole Ann
W. McLennard ...
Wallace
Ginode Augustino ...
Sawyer
R.L. Armstrong ...
Jenkins (as Tex Armstrong)
Byrd Holland ...
Buckley
Whitman Mayo ...
Alex
Frances E. Williams ...
Ellie Madison
Ray Dannis ...
Sloane
William Collins ...
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After a black man's daughter is killed by the KKK, he seeks revenge by becoming a Klansman.

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Ted V. Mikels gets topical.
7 July 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The legendary schlock director, creator of such memorable productions as "Astro-Zombies" and "The Doll Squad", actually takes himself seriously for this reasonably effective, interesting comment on race relations in the deep South, circa 1966. This is a time when a civil rights law had been passed, and the white people in this story are none too happy about that. Some of the Klansmen in the small Alabama town of Turnerville try to fire bomb a church and kill the daughter of a man named Jerry Ellsworth (Richard Gilden). Jerry, you see, is a light skinned black who realizes that he could pass for white, so he does so and manages to infiltrate the KKK so that he can get his revenge.

One might have a hard time believing that this is the same Mikels who made those other pictures. It works pretty well, and one can get caught up in the story, written by John T. Wilson and Art Names, and be eager to see the antagonists get their just desserts. This is all done in a very straightforward, no frills manner, and it does get a lot of juice from a standout characterization by Max Julien, later star of "The Mack", as a young revolutionary with a "by any means necessary" type of approach. His scenes are the best in the movie. But star Gilden ('Death Valley Days') does a decent job as well. Harry Lovejoy as Rook is good at playing just the sort of guy who deserves his comeuppance. James McEachin (star of the short-lived 'Tenafly' TV series) makes a strong film debut as Lonnie. Look for Byrd Holland, also the makeup artist on this show, in a small role as the mayor, and B movie legend Gary Kent as Wilkins.

Sharp cinematography by Robert Caramico and atmospheric music by Jaime Mendoza-Nava are solid attributes, and the movie comes complete with a theme song that's a real hoot.

I agree with another review here: it would be too easy to dismiss this as mere exploitation; it does have more depth than some people would expect. It's worth a look.

Eight out of 10.


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