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Five on the Black Hand Side (1973)

PG | | Comedy | 25 October 1973 (USA)
In contrast to most of the violence-laden "blaxploitation" films of the period, this low-budget effort eschews exploitation for humanity and domestic drama. Leonard Jackson plays a barber ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Brooks
Leonard Jackson ...
Mr. Brooks
Virginia Capers ...
Ruby
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Gideon
D'Urville Martin ...
Booker T.
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Preston (as Richard Williams)
Sonny Jim Gaines ...
Sweetmeat (as Sonny Jim)
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Stormy Monday
Bonnie Banfield ...
Gail
Frankie Crocker ...
Rolls Royce
Tchaka Almoravids ...
Fun Loving
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Marvin (as Carl Mikal Franklin)
Cal Wilson ...
Hasaan
Philomena Nowlin ...
Katheryn
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In contrast to most of the violence-laden "blaxploitation" films of the period, this low-budget effort eschews exploitation for humanity and domestic drama. Leonard Jackson plays a barber who is also the domineering head of a middle-class African American family. Jackson is forced to rethink his values when his previously docile wife joins their three children in rebelling against her husband's retrogressive behavior. Written by Anonymous

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You've been coffy-tized, blacula-rized and super-flied - but now you're gonna be glorified, unified and filled-with-pride... when you see "Five on the Black Hand Side"

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"Five on the Black Hand Side" Written by H.B. Barnum See more »

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Referenced in Disappearing Voices: The Decline of Black Radio (2008) See more »

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Five on the Black Hand Side
Music by H.B. Barnum (uncredited)
Lyrics by H.B. Barnum (uncredited), James D. Cobbin (uncredited), Mexie Marlowe (uncredited), Ronald L. Murray (uncredited) and Jay Wilson (uncredited)
Performed by Keisa Brown and Prime Cut
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I saw the film in 1973 and in 2004.
14 December 2004 | by (Fla.) – See all my reviews

A light comedy that touched on subjects very real at the time. The production seems rough around the edges by todays standards but in comparison to others at the time typical. The setting could be in the northeast, or the west, or the south. The actors are originals whose parts were copied and polished over and over for the next ten years. What might be considered a little corny today was closer to actuality then. Perhaps we are more cynical now but on the other hand I see similarities Between this films underlying themes and a couple of the newer films of this type. Maybe we could go back to warm comedies that speak of our issues, maybe we have. See it while it is still available. One of my favorites. A classic of the time.


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