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Darktown Strutters (1975)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Musical  |  8 October 1975 (USA)
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Syreena must investigate the disappearance of her mother, Cinderella. A series of wild complications follow.



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Syreena must investigate the disappearance of her mother, Cinderella. A series of wild complications follow.

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soft as silk, strong as steel See more »


Action | Comedy | Musical


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8 October 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Get Down and Boogie  »

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Joe Viola was originally slated to direct this film. Moreover, screenwriter George Armitage also initially expressed interest in directing this film, but decided not to because he was busy working on another script that he sold called "Trophy" that never got made into a movie. See more »


Syreena: I need to get me a shotgun and rip...
Cinderella: Child come here. Come here honey. Ain't you learned NOTHING from all them hippie children that got their heads beat in?
Syreena: Yeah, I learned that you beat them before they beat you, Mama, that's what I learned.
Cinderella: You're gonna go on forever fighting like that, you ain't NEVER gonna win. The enemy's in our heads.
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Any similarity between this true life adventure and the story Cinderella ... is bullshit. See more »


What You See Is What You Get
Written by Anthony Hester
Performed by The Dramatics
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You may never find a strange movie like this anywhere!
12 November 1998 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

DARKTOWN STRUTTERS is pure soul-crazed 70s entertainment at its maximum! I strongly urge all archivists of blaxploitation cinema to go out and hunt down this one-of-a-kind rarity, a blaxplo-comedy-musical that knows no bounds when it comes to absolute weirdness. Everything from the opening sequence ("Any similarity between this true life adventure to the story Cinderella...IS BULLS--T!") to the rest is genuine cinematic trash, but it's well worth the agony! ALABAMA'S GHOST was just as weird! I'm not too crazy about comedies, but the erraticly innovative formula was far ahead of its time (for 1974). Still, this is a one-way ticket to Funkland Junction! Among the highlights you'll get to see are a police car with a gargantuan siren and a cloning machine, which are hard to believe. The oddball taste does appear to fit well in DARKTOWN STRUTTERS, making this an enjoyable trip through a time when fashion trends and moral values have gone through mass transition. It does contain a familiar musical number by The Dramatics, singing "What You See Is What You Get". It's more than just a classic TV sitcom taped in front of a live audience, it's a campy experience that has recently gone timeless while it improves with age. See this film only once in your life and your infatuation with CAR WASH will be all over! Too bad a lot of you have missed this one!

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