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The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)

A black man plays Uncle Tom in order to gain access to CIA training, then uses that knowledge to plot a new American Revolution.

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Lawrence Cook ...
Dan Freeman
Janet League ...
Joy
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Dahomey Queen
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Dawson
Paul Butler ...
Do-Daddy Dean
Don Blakely ...
Stud Davis
David Lemieux ...
Pretty Willie
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General
Jack Aaron ...
Carstairs
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Senator Hennington
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Mrs. Hennington
Beverly Gill ...
Willa
Bob Hill ...
Calhoun
Martin Golar ...
Perkins
Jeff Hamilton ...
Policeman
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In order to improve his standing with Black voters, a White Senator starts a campaign for the CIA to recruit Black agents. However, all are graded on a curve and doomed to fail, save for a soft-spoken veteran named Dan Freeman. After grueling training in guerrilla warfare, clandestine operations and unarmed combat, he is assigned a meager job as the CIA's token Black employee. After five years of racist and stereotyped treatment by his superiors, he quietly resigns to return to his native Chicago to work for a social services agency...by day. By night, he trains a street gang to be the vanguard in an upcoming race war, using all that the CIA has taught him... Written by Baroque

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23 December 1981 (France)  »

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Agentti iski takaisin  »

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The actor who played Pretty Willie (David Lemieux) was a member of the Black Panthers and later became a Chicago police detective. See more »

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National Guard Soldier: [after being shot] Why me?
Stud Davis: Cause it's WAR, Honky!
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Spoofed in Black Dynamite (2009) See more »

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The greatest of all African-American movies.
31 July 1999 | by (Sylmar, California) – See all my reviews

I viewed this film in a Pan African Studies class at California State University, Northridge in 1993. Professor James Dennis who was a Civil Rights activist who made the Mississippi Freedom Rides told us this was the best film about and by African-Americans, and I agree with him wholeheartedly! I would like to get this video and show it in the classes I teach in history. This film was ahead of its time. Sam Greenelee is a very good writer and captures the essence of the struggle for African-Americans.


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