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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
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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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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)  »

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Freie Fahrt ins Jenseits  »

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Goofs

The trash van scoop is up, then down. See more »

Quotes

Pinky: Choose money over honey? Shiiiiit. Man, you can pull out my groin, just gimme that coin! Man, I'd rather be dead than not have any bread! Pinky's mama didn't raise no fool!
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Referenced in E yu tou hei sha xing (1978) 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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Kung Fu/Action/Blaxsploitation/Comedy at its best!
22 September 1999 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

I found out about this movie by title alone through a strange series of overheard conversation and jokes. I had no idea it would be this great! Black Belt Jones stars Jim Kelly who's best known for his role in Enter the Dragon aside Bruce Lee, but don't expect the same kind of film. The entire movie is just about perfect if you like cheesy 70's action movies, kung fu movies, or just a good laugh. I really can't tell if the director intended for this movie to be funny or not, but it had me on the floor laughing. It's really not funny in a bad, MST3K way, but actually in a respectable manner. I don't think anyone could watch even the opening credits to this movie without laughing. Jim Kelly can actually pull off some nice fighting moves, but while doing so, emits some of the funniest vocalizations I've ever heard. Imagine a deeper voiced Bruce Lee crossed with Larry from The Three Stooges. The plot of the movie is simple and never gets in the way of the enjoyment of the film and such great lines as "You won't be back for more! If you want some more, then come on back!" And if you like this movie, especially Jim Kelly's fighting, I'd suggest watching Three the Hard Way which, while not as amusing of a film, has some great Jim Kelly fight scenes in the same style as Black Belt Jones. Rent both films for a great Jim Kelly double-feature!


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