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Ganja & Hess -- Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and the horror cinema, Bill Gunn's revolutionary independent film GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity.

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Bill Gunn (writer)
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The Devil wanted their souls...She wanted their bodies and more! See more »
Plot:
After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor's assistant finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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

Mabel King ... Queen of Myrthia
Betsy Thurman ... Poetess
Enrico Fales ... Dr. Green's Son
Tommy Lane ... Pimp
Tara Fields ... Woman with Baby

Directed by
Bill Gunn 
 
Writing credits
Bill Gunn (writer)

Produced by
Jack Jordan .... executive producer
Quentin Kelly .... executive producer
Chiz Schultz .... producer
Joan Shikegawa .... associate producer (as Joan Shigekawa)
 
Original Music by
Sam Waymon 
 
Cinematography by
James E. Hinton 
 
Film Editing by
Victor Kanefsky 
 
Production Design by
Tom H. John  (as Tom John)
 
Costume Design by
Scott Barrie 
 
Makeup Department
Scott Cunningham .... makeup artist
Annie M. DeMille .... hair stylist (as Annie DeMille)
 
Production Management
Ed Dessisso .... production supervisor
Louis Pastore .... production manager (as Lou Pastore)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony B. Major .... assistant director (as Anthony Major)
 
Art Department
James Walker .... properties master
 
Sound Department
Mike Lobel .... special audio effects
Ron Love .... sound
Bill Meredith .... sound assistant
Al Nahmias .... sound editor
Emil Neroda .... re-recording mixer
Emil Neroda .... re-recording
Vincent Stenerson .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Malcolm Drummond .... stunts
Tony King .... stunts
Tommy Lane .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Blackwell .... second cameraman
Thurman Faulk .... assistant camera
William W. Lister .... lighting director (as Bill Lister)
Dennis Murphy .... best boy
Rex North .... key grip
James Walker .... camera assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Celia Bryant .... wardrobe (as Ceil Bryant)
 
Editorial Department
Cynthia Castleman .... assistant editor
Samuel D. Pollard .... assistant editor (as Samuel Pollard)
 
Music Department
Edward Bland .... musical director (as Ed Bland)
Nadi Qamar .... musician: African instruments
 
Other crew
Janos Adams .... assistant to producer
Renoir Darrett .... script supervisor
Janis Klein .... production secretary
Scottie Lew .... production assistant
Lincoln Pasteur .... production assistant
Alan Skog .... production assistant
Roger Wall .... assistant to director
 

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Also Known As:
"Black Vampire" - USA (video title)
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110 min | USA:78 min (cut version)
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Mono (Dolby 2.0)
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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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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Ganja & Hess, 3 April 2005
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

I first heard of GANJA & HESS (1973) on the Internet but, after reading several favorable reviews, I decided to purchase it and I'm glad I did – though I've only watched it once so far. While I absolutely adore the "old" horror films, it's refreshing that once in a while a film comes along that treats the genre with extra sensitivity and maturity: Bill Gunn's approach, while peripheral in intent, is highly original and invigorating. The music score adds that much more to it, while the photography and editing techniques envelop the whole in a truly stunning visual style. It is inconceivable that such a seminal (and relatively recent) piece of work was almost lost to the ravages of time, not to mention the ignorance and pretensions of commercially-minded distributors!

The DVD's Audio Commentary, though limited (due to the obvious absence of Gunn and Duane Jones), was quite informative and the cast and crew members involved were certainly enthusiastic, harboring a genuine affection for the film. The essay co-written by Tim Lucas was also very interesting, filling as it does the "gaps" concerning the film's background and its chequered history along the years.

I would have liked that the notorious shorter version of the film, BLOOD COUPLE – complete with alternate credits and extra footage, shot by Gunn but discarded when assembling the original director's cut – could have been included on the DVD but, when I put this question to David Kalat (All Day's President), this is what he had to say:

"On GANJA & HESS, all of the parties involved in the original version hated and despised the BLOOD COUPLE recut and everything it represented to them. They worked hard, for little pay, to make a Black art film, and found their work abused and maltreated. 25 years later, through the DVD, they found an opportunity to try again. None of them--the producer, the editor, the DP--would have agreed to include the BLOOD COUPLE cut on the DVD, and I respected their wishes. I used Tim's article as a way to describe that alternate version, even if it wasn't otherwise represented."

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