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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
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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)
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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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Action | Comedy

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29 March 1974 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Freie Fahrt ins Jenseits  »

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Goofs

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

Quotes

Sydney: [to Jones] My cookie would kill you!
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Connections

Featured in It Came from Hollywood (1982) 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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Among the most entertaining blaxploitation films ever made, a great blend of action and comedy
20 June 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Black Belt Jones" is a mixture of action and comedy thats actually successful in both departments. Not in the "Dolemite" style where its so unfunny and wrong you begin to laugh at it either. The humor in this film is legitimately funny (particularly the moments involving Scatman Crothers early on). Jim Kelly didn't have the personality appeal that Bruce Lee had (his co-star in the classic "Enter the Dragon"), but he manages to carry the film's weight on his shoulders well. Its certainly a much better star vehicle for him that the later "Black Samurai".

The direction by Robert Clouse is similar to his earlier "Enter the Dragon". This means its not anything groundbreaking, but it doesn't have to be. He knows how to stage an action sequence very well and keeps everything moving at a quick pace. Many of the fight sequences here are staged for cheesy laughs and Clouse manages to pull it off. "Black Belt Jones" is among both the most enjoyable blaxploitation and low-budget kung-fu films. It isn't a masterpiece, but where else can you see Scatman Crothers kick some ass? (7/10)


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