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The Final Comedown (1972)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 1972 (USA)
Black revolutionaries take action in the white suburbs.

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Johnny Johnson
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Billy Joe Ashley
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Rene Freeman (as Celia Kaye)
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Imir
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Mr. Freeman
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Mrs. Johnson
Ed Cambridge ...
Dr. Smalls
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Michael Freeman
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Mr. Johnson
Pamela Jones ...
Luanna
Cal Wilson
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Black revolutionaries take action in the white suburbs.

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The Final Comedown
Written by Wade Marcus and Grant Green
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Violence on the streets in this gritty blaxploitation effort
13 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE FINAL COMEDOWN is a cheap blaxploitation vehicle for actor Billy Dee Williams, later to achieve worldwide fame and recognition for his role in the STAR WARS films. His appearance here is something of a star-making turn for the actor, who burns up the screen as the black revolutionary determined to stand up to the racist white cops who are making his life a nightmare.

This is an undeniably cheap film that's plenty rough around the edges, although it's an interesting picture for sure. It avoids the usual stereotypes of sex and violence that often prop up this genre, even though both are present throughout the running time, most noticeably during a lengthy and gratuitous sex scene. Instead it provides a kind of social commentary exploring the issues of the times, and the racism inherent in 1970s society.

The grungy vibe of THE FINAL COMEDOWN gives it a realistic appearance even though it isn't particularly satisfying on a visceral or emotional level. The supporting cast is a well-judged one and I was amused to see a younger R.G. Armstrong, still looking old even at this stage of his career. This isn't the kind of film that's going to set anyone's world on fire - it's obscure for a reason - but fans of the stars or genre will find themselves intrigued by it.


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