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The Black Godfather (1974)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  15 August 1974 (USA)
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J.J., a rising star in the black crime scene, is in the process of consolidating his power over the neighborhood. One of the only remaining obstacles is the white heroin cartel that is ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
J. J.
Damu King ...
Don Chastain ...
Tony Burton
Diane Sommerfield ...
Jimmy Witherspoon ...
Duncan McLeod ...
Lt. Joe Sterling
Sonny Spyder Brown
Anny Green ...
John Alderman ...
Betsee Finlee ...
Junkie (as Betsy Finley)
Ken Bell ...
Cinque Attucks ...
Tom Scott ...
Ricardo Brown ...
Kathryn Jackson ...
Mrs. Brown


J.J., a rising star in the black crime scene, is in the process of consolidating his power over the neighborhood. One of the only remaining obstacles is the white heroin cartel that is understandably reluctant to abandon such a lucrative market. Tensions rise between the two rivals, and people on both sides get killed. Eventually, the matter is destined to come to an explosive confrontation. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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There's A New Godfather In Town... ...and everybody want his body - The F.B.I. ... some very foxy chicks... and the Mafia! See more »


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15 August 1974 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Tommy: [pointing to the house] Well, here it is. Let's rip it off.
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Pretty Lame Even for the Genre
6 February 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Black Godfather (1974)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

The title to this Blaxploitation flick pretty much tells you all you need to know. Rising gangster J.J. (Rod Perry) wants to get his black brothers buying dope from their own kind and in order to do this he must battle the evil white gangster (Don Chastain) who keeps pushing into his neighborhood. THE BLACK GODFATHER is a pretty lame entry in the genre for a number of reasons but the biggest is that it's simply got a cash-in title and very little else. A lot of these Blaxploitation films were nothing more than cash-ins but every once in a while you'll come across one that's actually good. Sadly, this here isn't that type of film as this here is pretty boring from start to finish and there are only a couple campy scenes that keep it from being a real disaster. I think the biggest problem is the rather lackluster direction, which just never pumps any energy or excitement onto the screen. The film just seems to be going through the motions and there's nothing that happens that you won't see coming from a mile away. Even the lead character isn't all that interesting and not for a single second do you care about his cause, care about his friends or even care if he's killed or not. As with most of these films, all the blacks are hard-working people just trying to make some cash for themselves while all the whites are evil racists. This simple set up can be fun when it's done correctly but here it just seems tired and old. I actually thought Perry was good in the lead role but it's really too bad that the screenplay didn't give him something better to do. I also liked Chastain as the bad guy. The highlight of the film is when a group of blacks break in on a couple and the white woman is needing a fix and offers herself for one. This entire sequence is pretty hilarious and it's too bad we didn't get more moments like this.

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