In the mid-1960's, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest...parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two... See full summary »
Car Wash is about a close-knit group of employees who one day have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt, including Richard Pryor as a preaching 'wonder-man' who is ... See full summary »
In contrast to most of the violence-laden "blaxploitation" films of the period, this low-budget effort eschews exploitation for humanity and domestic drama. Leonard Jackson plays a barber ... See full summary »
Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their... See full summary »
The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers the kids have an extraordinary musical talent they form a band. Winning talent show ... See full summary »
Holly Robinson Peete
In the mid-1960's, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest...parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two of the guys when they meet a pair of career criminals and get falsely arrested in connection with stealing a Cadillac. We follow their lives through the end of high school and the dramatic end to their school year. Written by
According to Garrett Morris, the producers did not want to cast him in the role of Mr. Mason because they felt that he looked too young. Morris was a real-life schoolteacher at the time. Director Michael Schultz insisted that Morris was right for the role. See more »
In the opening montage, we see Chicago buildings such as the John Hancock Building, Lake Point Tower, the Equitable Building, Marina City and the IBM Building, none of which existed in 1964. See more »
I love this movie, but it's hardly "blaxploitation"
While this seems to be a black equivalent to "American Graffitti", I would hardly call this "Blaxploitation". Really not in the same boat as "Sweet Sweetbacks Badass Song", all those Pam Grier movies by Jack Hill, and the usual sort. Interesting to see Lawrence Hilton Jacobs in something other than "Welcome Back Kotter", or his low-rent action films. Interesting to note that "Kotter" comes up in a few posts, but I didn't see anyone mention that the TV show "What's Happening" (and the later, "What's Happening Now" I suppose), was based on, and inspired by this film, which is why I wanted to see it in the first place. This film is vastly superior to "What's Happening" (for many reasons, most obviously, the lack of the "Rerun" character), and has real heart. Also, it features some excellent use of Godzilla footage in the theatre scenes, something I always appreciate. If you haven't seen it, you really should.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?