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A multi-layered satire of race relations in America. Live-action sequences of a prison break bracket the animated story of Brother Rabbit, Brother Bear, and Preacher Fox, who rise to the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Barry White ...
Sampson / Brother Bear
Charles Gordone ...
Preacherman / Preacher Fox
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Pappy / Old Man Bone (as Scat Man Crothers)
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Randy / Brother Rabbit (as Philip Thomas)
Danny Rees ...
Clown
Buddy Douglas ...
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Jim Moore ...
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A multi-layered satire of race relations in America. Live-action sequences of a prison break bracket the animated story of Brother Rabbit, Brother Bear, and Preacher Fox, who rise to the top of the crime ranks in Harlem by going up against a con-man, a racist cop, and the Mafia. Written by Alan Smithee, Sr.

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rabbit | fox | bear | race relations | satire | See more »

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BARRY WHITE and his men are bustin' out to win! They'll stop the man from calling them "Coonskin" See more »

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Animation | Crime | Drama

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20 August 1975 (USA)  »

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Bustin' Out  »

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In researching this film, director Ralph Bakshi went into Harlem with a tape recorder and asked various people "What's it like being black in America?" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man in Blue: Fuck you.
Man in Yellow: Alright, I'm gonna give some example: I heard that 350 white folks committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. And out of the 350, there was two that was niggers.
Man in Blue: And one of them was pushed.
Man in Yellow: [laughs]
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References Detroit 9000 (1973) See more »

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Baby Needs A New Pair Of Shoes
Written by Charlie Brown
recorded on Polydor Records by Charlie Brown
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a hard, uncomfortable look at racism in America
19 April 2006 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Street Fight is a brilliant piece of brutal satire. This is not a movie you just watch for fun. It is not a comfortable experience, although it does have some laugh-out-loud moments. This is a movie you watch when you need food for thought.

To dismiss this film as simply racist is to miss the point entirely. This is not only a satire of Song of the South, it's also a biting commentary on the prejudices that Americans still have as a society. Every ethnic group portrayed in the movie gets shown as grotesque caricatures of their stereotypes, which in turn are grotesque caricatures of real people. Through this wild exaggeration, the filmmaker shows just how absurd these tightly-held beliefs really are.

If you're the sort of person who's willing to acknowledge the ugliness of the prevalent prejudices American culture still holds, and if you're not afraid to look your own prejudices in the eye, this movie may be for you.


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