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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  22 March 1973 (Netherlands)
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After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

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Simon Chuckster ...
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Hubert Scales ...
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John Dullaghan ...
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West Gale
Niva Rochelle
Rhetta Hughes ...
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Nick Ferrari
Ed Rue
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Biker (as Johnny Amos)
Ted Hayden
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Young Sweetback / Kid (as Mario Peebles)
Sonja Dunson
Michael Augustus
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Melvin Van Peebles wrote, directed, produced, edited, composed and starred in this powerful and inflammatory attack on White America. After the body of a black man is discovered, Sweetback helps two white 'acquaintances' in the police force to look good by agreeing to go with them to the station as a suspect. But he is forced to go on the run after brutally attacking the two policemen when they arrest and beat up a young black man. Written by David Claydon <dc6212@bristol.ac.uk>

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22 March 1973 (Netherlands)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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$15,180,000 (USA)
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No Hollywood studio would back this movie with an all-black cast, so actor/writer/director Melvin Van Peebles financed it himself, aided by a $50,000 loan from Bill Cosby. It became a hit, earning $15 million. See more »

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After the movie a "warning" for the white community appears: "Watch out - a baad assss nigger is coming to collect some dues." See more »

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One of the greatest underground hits of the 70s
5 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

A powerful film whose impact is through a montage of images, music, and dialogue, alternating to disorient and reorient the viewer. It might be pretty confusing plot-wise (or perhaps it just doesn't have much of a plot) and the actors are mostly bad, but this film was well thought out and executed with a goal of excellence (something that can't be said for many films, underground or Hollywood). To boot, it is also entertaining and probably gave the exploitation crowd their money's worth in 1971 with some hardcore violence and softcore sex.

Van Peebles created a unique experimental film that succeeds on its own terms. It is a classic for all time.


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