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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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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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Melvin Van Peebles contracted gonorrhea from one of the actresses during filming of one of the sex scenes in the movie. He applied for compensation from the Directors Guild because he "got hurt on the job" and used the money to buy more film.See more »
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Featured in Baadasssss Cinema (2002) (TV)See more »

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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The one that started it all ..., 22 January 1999
Author: Mr Pants (maestropants@yahoo.com) from Columbus, Ohio

You can say what you want about "blaxploitation" films. If nothing else, they can be a lot of fun in their overt use of black stereotypes and semi-predictable storylines. Since their construction is so obvious, it is not the same as the way blacks were portrayed in a film like "Birth of a Nation." Melvin Van Peebles put this thing together by himself (with a little monetary help from Bill Cosby), and while the technical quality is not exactly Hollywood, neither is the content. It is difficult to imagine what it must have been like to have been in the audiences for this film's premiere, as a strong black character emerges to defend his existence against the Racist State. The film uttered what nearly everybody has thought, and seeing it on the screen must have been a truly shocking experience. Perhaps even cathartic, but that may be pushing it. I don't know. I wasn't there.

Maybe it's a good sign that viewing such films today lends itself more to camp fun than any possible serious interpretation; it is a sign that we have moved on, at least a little bit.

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