Producer/director Jules Dassin wanted to remake The Informer with an all-black cast, set in inner-city America. The original Liam O'Flaherty story was based on the Irish rebellion against the English in the early 1920s. Dassin felt it mirrored black-white relations in the US in the 1960s. See more »
Get "Up Tight!" released to home video & broadcast on TV
I've never seen this film, but am an admirer of Dassin & many of the actors in its cast. So I'd love to see it released to home video & aired on TV. One way to make this happen is to vote for its home video release on the TCM website (www.tcm.com). Just enter the film's title in the search window, then look for the home video voting sidebar. I'm especially intrigued by the other comments here describing the film's fidelity to the post-ML King assassination mood and its Cleveland location. I've never been to Cleveland, but sure remember what Oakland was like at that time! And it's interesting that the movie's setting is a Midwestern industrial center other than Chicago--an unusual choice. But, mainly, I'm curious to see what a maker of several outstanding US & European film's (e.g., "The Naked City," "Topkapi") made of US race relations in the late 60s.
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