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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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Beetle
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Sweetback
Hubert Scales ...
Mu-Mu
John Dullaghan ...
Commissioner
Wesley Gale ...
(as West Gale)
Niva Rochelle
Rhetta Hughes ...
Old Girl Friend
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
Peter Russell
Ron Prince
Steve Cole
Megan Van Peebles ...
Kid (as Megan Peebles)
Mikel Angel ...
(as Mike Angel)
Jeff Goodman
Curt Matson
Marria Evonee
Jon Jacobs
William Kirschner ...
(as Bill Kirschner)
Vincent Barbi
Chesley Noone ...
(as Chet Norris)
Joni Watkins
Jerry Days
John Allen
Bruce Adams
Brer Soul
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edson C. Kurose ...
Coronor (as Ed Kurose)
Max Van Peebles ...
Young Sweetback
Maggie Bembry ...
Woman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Melvin Van Peebles

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Melvin Van Peebles ... (written by)

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Jerry Gross ... producer
Melvin Van Peebles ... producer

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Earth Wind & Fire
Melvin Van Peebles

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Robert Maxwell ... director of photography (as Bob Maxwell)

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Melvin Van Peebles

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Jeremy Hoenack ... assistant editor
Jon Kinyon ... archival editorial services (uncredited)

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Nora Maxwell ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

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Clyde Houston ... production manager

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Jose Garcia ... second unit director
Clyde Houston ... assistant director

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John H. Newman ... sound editor (as John Newman)
Arthur Piantadosi ... dubbing (as Art Piantadosi)
Clark Will ... sound
Luke Wolfram ... sound editor

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Cliff Wenger ... special effects

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Jose Garcia ... camera operator
Robert Maxwell ... camera operator (as Bob Maxwell)

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Earth Wind & Fire ... orchestrator (as Earth Wind and Fire)

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Chic Borland ... production assistant
Skip Karnas ... production assistant
Winfred Tennison ... production assistant
Priscilla Watts ... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The Film that THE MAN doesn't want you to see! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sweet Sweetback (United States)
  • Sweet Sweetbacks Lied (Germany)
  • Свит Свитбэк: Песня мерзавца (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Sweet Sweetback (Japan)
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  • 97 min
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Budget $500,000 (estimated)

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs The fire truck that appeared at the end of the car explosion was not originally supposed to appear. Due to a permit still not filed, the fire department was unaware and proceeded to appear unannounced. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Identity Crisis (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Sweetback's Theme See more »
Crazy Credits After the movie a "warning" for the white community appears: "Watch out - a baad assss nigger is coming to collect some dues." See more »
Quotes Beetle: Like you gonna have to kinda lay out, stretch out a little while, be real cool. Kinda lay dead. Ol' Beetle'll let you know what's happenin', what's goin' down. You don't have to worry about nothin'. If you need anything, anything at all, brother, just keep the faith in Beetle, ol' Beetle goin' to bring you through, cause this is just a skirmish. You know how the game goes, baby. But you keep the faith in me and you my man. You my favorite man. Can you dig it, baby? Together, you know, maintain. They can't bother you as long as Beetle's with you. Now you go on and hibernate like that ol' bear and don't go nowhere, can you dig it? Yeah? Ha! Mellow. Go out the back door, now. Speed along and don't let nobody know where you at. Let sleeping dogs rest. You dig it, baby? Ha, ha, yeah.
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