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The Black Godfather (1974)

R  |   |  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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J. J.
Damu King ...
Don Chastain ...
Tony Burton
Diane Sommerfield ...
Yvonne
Jimmy Witherspoon ...
Nate
Duncan McLeod ...
Lt. Joe Sterling
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Sonny Spyder Brown
Anny Green ...
Honey
John Alderman ...
Cockroach
Betsee Finlee ...
Junkie (as Betsy Finley)
Ken Bell ...
Eddie
Cinque Attucks ...
Winston
Tom Scott ...
Newscaster
Ricardo Brown ...
Danny
Kathryn Jackson ...
Mrs. Brown
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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 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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Le parrain noir de Harlem  »

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[first lines]
Tommy: [pointing to the house] Well, here it is. Let's rip it off.
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seen it once, that's enough
6 January 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

On the one hand, it's pretty good to focus on a man whose aim is to keep drugs out of his community, but this is silly. The fight scenes aren't as neat as those seen in "Shaft" or "Superfly". An interesting factoid is that Tony Burton, who plays Sonny, has also starred in two of the most famous movies: he played Apollo Creed's trainer in "Rocky" and the garage owner in "The Shining" (on whose set he played chess with Stanley Kubrick).

So, there's nothing special about "The Black Godfather". Like any blaxploitation flick, it's purpose is to show African-Americans being cool. This one succeeds at least partly.


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