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Ganja & Hess (1973)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  20 April 1973 (USA)
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After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor's assistant finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Duane Jones ...
Dr. Hess Green
Marlene Clark ...
Ganja Meda
Bill Gunn ...
George Meda
Sam Waymon ...
Rev. Luther Williams
Leonard Jackson ...
Archie
Candece Tarpley ...
Girl in Bar
Richard Harrow ...
Dinner Guest
John Hoffmeister ...
Jack Sargent
Betty Barney ...
Singer in Church
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Queen of Myrthia
Betsy Thurman ...
Poetess
Enrico Fales ...
Dr. Green's Son
Tommy Lane ...
Pimp
Tara Fields ...
Woman with Baby
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Storyline

Dr. Hess Green, an archaeologist overseeing an excavation at the ancient civilization of Myrthia, is stabbed by his research assistant, who then commits suicide. When Hess wakes up, he finds that his wounds have healed, but he now has an insatiable thirst for blood, due to the knife carrying ancient germs. Soon after, Hess meets his former assistant's wife, Ganja. Though Ganja is initially concerned about her missing husband, she soon falls for Hess. Though they are initially happy together, Ganja will eventually learn the truth about Hess, and about her husband. Will she survive the revelation? Will Hess? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Bad blood runs between them. See more »

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Drama | Horror

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20 April 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Vampire  »

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The Kickstarter funded Spike Lee joint Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is a modern reinterpretation of Ganja & Hess. Bill Gunn also helped Spike Lee write the script for his new film. See more »

Quotes

Ganja Meda: [after becoming dependent on blood] Why am I always cold?
Dr. Hess Green: [quietly] I don't know.
Ganja Meda: Are you always cold?
Dr. Hess Green: Uh hm.
Ganja Meda: What have you done about it?
Dr. Hess Green: Grown used to it.
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There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood
(uncredited)
Lyrics by William Cowper
19th century camp meeting melody
Performed by children's choir
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Misunderstood
17 March 2003 | by (Sweet Briar, VA) – See all my reviews

Many comments on this film from other users implicitly take on a perspective not unlike that of the producers who severly cut the film before its theatrical release because they expected it to be a more conventional blaxploitation horror film. It is neither blaxploitation nor horror, but instead one of the few (only?) examples of an independent African-American art cinema from the early '70s. It may be flawed, but it is also an incredibly ambitious, challenging film. If you are a fan of Shaft, Superfly, et. al., you may not like this one; if you are a fan of Bergman, Bunuel, or Antonioni, you should check it out.


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