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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) Poster

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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.
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.
This was one of Earth, Wind, and Fire's early work. Melvin Van Peebles paid them with a check that later bounced. To this day, the band has still not been paid for their contribution to the film.
Though it only earned $4 million, it was the top-grossing independent movie of 1972.
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Considered the first "blaxploitation" movie. It preceded Shaft (1971) by a few months.
Dedicated to "Brothers and sisters who have had enough of the Man."
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Film debut of Mario Van Peebles.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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