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The Black Godfather (1974)

R | | Crime | 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:
Rod Perry ...
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
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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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[first lines]
Tommy: [pointing to the house] Well, here it is. Let's rip it off.
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Somewhat under par Blaxploitation crime flick
11 May 2016 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

It would only be fair to say that the title of this one gives a pretty clear clue of what it's going to be about in advance. Needless to say, The Black Godfather is about the head honcho of an African-American gangster group. It's clearly a Blaxploitation riff on the earlier mega hit, The Godfather (1972), except in this one there is no focus whatsoever on the rise of the central character up to the summit of his organisation. Basically, in this one he has arisen to the rank of godfather after approximately ten minutes in! So the focus is on things he has to deal with as the leader of a black gang, such as white hoods trying to introduce drugs into the neighbourhood, something the black criminals are strongly opposed to. In order to combat this, the godfather joins forces with a Black Panther styled militant group.

I was looking forward to this one, as it sounded like a sure fire winner but in all honesty it's a pretty poor effort from a genre where even most of the ropiest entries are still somewhat entertaining. It is a little too talky for its own good and it doesn't deliver enough fun on the whole. The black godfather himself wasn't truthfully the most interesting central character as it turned out, which was disappointing. It's probably a film suited mostly to Blaxploitation fanatics and I'm sure it will deliver something for most of them. One point of interest I did find though was the presence of Duncan McLeod as the requisite corrupt cop – he, of course, played the shady lawyer Porter Hall in the delicious cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) and it certainly was at least nice to see him appear in something else.


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