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  (in credits order)

Billy Dee Williams ... Johnny Johnson

D'Urville Martin ... Billy Joe Ashley

Celia Milius ... Rene Freeman (as Celia Kaye)

Raymond St. Jacques ... Imir

R.G. Armstrong ... Mr. Freeman

Maidie Norman ... Mrs. Johnson
Ed Cambridge ... Dr. Smalls
Billy Durkin ... Michael Freeman
Morris D. Erby ... Mr. Johnson
Pamela Jones ... Luanna
Cal Wilson
John Johnson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rhonda Brown
Clifford Choice
Marlene Czernin

Nate Esformes
Nana Fitz

Sam Gilman
Jarrod Johnson

Andrzej Krakowski

Judy Morris
Ernest Robinson
Clifford Strong
Herman Washington
Vernon Waters
George Wagner ... Car Theft Victim (uncredited)

Directed by
Oscar Williams 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oscar Williams 

Produced by
Edgar Charles .... producer
Roger Corman .... producer
D'Urville Martin .... associate producer
Mel Taylor .... producer
Oscar Williams .... producer
Original Music by
Wade Marcus 
Cinematography by
William B. Kaplan 
Film Editing by
Richard Van Enger Jr.  (as Dick Van Enger Jr.)
Production Management
Andrzej Krakowski .... production manager
Sound Department
Richard Sperber .... sound effects editor
Richard L. Anderson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (additional scenes)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt driver
Ernest Robinson .... stunt coordinator
Henry Kingi .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Mosby .... first assistant camera
Robert Warden .... grip (as Bob Warden)
Roderick Young .... additional photographer
Music Department
Grant Green .... music played by
Don Hahn .... music supervisor (as Donald C. Hahn)
Edd Kalehoff .... musician: moog synthesizer
Wade Marcus .... music arranger
Michael McCroskey .... music editor

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"Blast!" - USA (recut version)
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83 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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Violence on the streets in this gritty blaxploitation effort, 13 November 2016
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

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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