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Black Belt Jones (1974)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Mel Novak ...
Blue Eyes
Malik Carter ...
Pinky
Eddie Smith ...
Oscar
Alex Brown ...
Plummer
Sonny Barnes ...
Tango (as Clarence Barnes)
Earl Jolly Brown ...
Jelly (as Earl Brown)
Jac Emil ...
Marv the Butcher
Wayne Musgrove ...
Brother Blake
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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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Action | Comedy

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29 March 1974 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Freie Fahrt ins Jenseits  »

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

Quotes

Black Belt Jones: I'm gonna make you sweat one way... and then the other.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Theme from Black Belt Jones
Performed and Composed by Dennis Coffey (as Dennis Coffy)
Arranged by Dennis Coffey (as Dennis Coffy) & Mike Theodore
Courtesy of Sussex Records
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Whacky, wild, and unbelievably funny!
18 September 2001 | by (Montreal, Quebec) – See all my reviews

When you have a 70's kung-fu flick full of polyester suits and afro's, along with such choice dialogue as "Ouch! You shot me!", "I'm Gonna turn you into fudge", or "Tuna who?", you know you're in for the time of your life!

Definitely to be watched with a group of friends, this is a one-of-a-kind gem among all movies. The action is often so badly choreagraphed and timed that it's F'N good!

Plot is the same as any basic old-school chop-socky... martial arts school fights from being taken over, master is killed, and main character must avenge the master. Think "Chinese Connection" (Bruce Lee), but 70's ghetto style!

The sound track itself is a reason enough to see BLACK BELT JONES! Jim Kelly ROCKS!


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