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Black Belt Jones (1974)

A Mafia buy out of Papa Byrd's karate school downtown ends in his death. Byrd's daughter, Sydney, refuses to sell, and wants revenge. Byrd's students call the Black Belt Jones for help. Jones reluctantly teams with Sydney in many battles.

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Sydney
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Pop Byrd
Eric Laneuville ...
Quincy
Alan Weeks ...
Toppy
Andre Philippe ...
Don Steffano
Vincent Barbi ...
Big Tuna
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Blue Eyes
Malik Carter ...
Pinky
Eddie Smith ...
Oscar
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Plummer
Sonny Barnes ...
Tango (as Clarence Barnes)
Earl Jolly Brown ...
Jelly (as Earl Brown)
Jac Emel ...
Marv the Butcher (as Jac Emil)
Wayne Musgrove ...
Brother Blake
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Storyline

The Mafia's Don learns that the City is planning a new civic center, and is buying the land where it will be, to make easy money when the city council will buy it. The one piece the Don doesn't have yet, is the old African-American karate school owned by Papa Byrd. Big Tuna, the Mafia Don's right hand man, goes to Pinky, their representative in that area and they tell him that he owes them $250,000 but instead of paying, they want him to get Papa Byrd's school. Pinky tries to muscle the karate master into handing out the property title, but he throws him out. A teacher calls Black Belt Jones, a friend of Papa Byrd, to talk to him about this, but before he does Pinky and his thugs accidentally kills Papa Byrd in a second visit. Before dying in friends' arms, Byrd says that the school belongs to Sydney - whom nobody knows. Black Belt Jones knows that Sydney is Byrd's daughter, whom he hasn't seen since she was a child. Black Belt asks a friend of his who works for the Government, to ... Written by Artemis-9

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He clobbers the mob

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29 March 1974 (Denmark)  »

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Freie Fahrt ins Jenseits  »

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Goofs

Position of the thug on the police car hood. See more »

Quotes

Pop Byrd: I got superfly!
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Connections

Featured in The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from Black Belt Jones
Performed and Composed by Dennis Coffey (as Dennis Coffy) & Luchi De Jesus
Arranged by Dennis Coffey (as Dennis Coffy) & Mike Theodore
Courtesy of Sussex Records
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Breezy and enjoyable.
8 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Jim Kelly may not be in the class of Bruce Lee, but he does show some impressive martial-arts moves; his co-star, Gloria Hendry, more than holds her own. This flick is half blaxploitation actioner and half Bond movie; in both fields, you could do much worse. The plot is minimal, to say the least, and the silly sound effects used to "enhance" the various kicks and punches do date the film, but it's still very fast-paced, playful and thoroughly enjoyable. (**1/2)


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