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Director:
Writer:
Melvin Van Peebles (written by)
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Release Date:
22 March 1973 (Netherlands) See more »
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Tagline:
The Film that THE MAN doesn't want you to see! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Melvin Van Peebles 
 
Writing credits
Melvin Van Peebles (written by)

Produced by
Jerry Gross .... producer
Melvin Van Peebles .... producer
 
Original Music by
Earth Wind & Fire 
Melvin Van Peebles 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Maxwell (director of photography) (as Bob Maxwell)
 
Film Editing by
Melvin Van Peebles 
 
Makeup Department
Nora Maxwell .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Clyde Houston .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jose Garcia .... second unit director
Clyde Houston .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John H. Newman .... sound editor (as John Newman)
Arthur Piantadosi .... dubbing (as Art Piantadosi)
Clark Will .... sound
Luke Wolfram .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jose Garcia .... camera operator
Robert Maxwell .... camera operator (as Bob Maxwell)
 
Editorial Department
Jeremy Hoenack .... assistant editor
J.F. Kinyon .... archival editorial services (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Earth Wind & Fire .... orchestrator (as Earth Wind and Fire)
 
Other crew
Chic Borland .... production assistant
Skip Karnas .... production assistant
Winfred Tennison .... production assistant
Priscilla Watts .... production assistant
 
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Also Known As:
"Sweet Sweetback" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
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Runtime:
97 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Canada:R | Canada:(Banned) (Nova Scotia) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | USA:R (1974) | USA:X (1971)
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Film debut of Mario Van Peebles.See more »
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Featured in Baadasssss! (2003)See more »

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27 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
The Cinema of Melvin Van Peebles., 27 August 2005

Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971) was a independent marvel from Melvin Van Peebles. It also influenced the so called black exploitation movement of the seventies. According to Mr. Peebles, after the surprise success of this film, the producers of SHAFT changed his character into a black man. Even beyond Hollywood, Mr. Peebles still has some creative control. Before he made this film and the small success of WATERMELON MAN, several Hollywood Studios wanted him to be a Black expert. They wanted him to doctor some scripts and make them "black" (the term he used can be found in his back about the making and selling of Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971). This book is cool, it also has a lot of vital information, a script to the movie and a copy of the soundtrack.

Mr. Van Peebles used a lot of French new wave style of film making when he shot this movie. The many unique editing and camera angles can be found scattered throughout the movie. He also composed the brilliant soundtrack which also comes across as a concept album. You can listen to the movie on record! This movie was more of a statement to the White Establishment. That a black man can make a unique film without the restraints of the studio system and not have to answer to investors and anxious producers.

I have to give a hand to Mr. Van Peebles. He never gave in to the studios and make terrible sell-out projects. Like him or loathe him, you have to give him all the kudos he deserves and then some.

Highly recommended.

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