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Darktown Strutters (1975)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trina Parks ...
Syreena
Edna Richardson ...
Carmen
Bettye Sweet ...
Miranda
Shirley Washington ...
Theda
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Mellow
Curtis Price ...
Lead singer at club
Christopher Joy ...
Wired
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Raunchy
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V.D. (as DeWayne Jesse)
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Commander Cross
Charles Knapp ...
Officer Tubbins
Edward Marshall ...
Officer Emmo
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Officer Hugo
Milt Kogan ...
Officer Babel
Gene Simms ...
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Syreena must investigate the disappearance of her mother, Cinderella. A series of wild complications follow.

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8 October 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Get Down and Boogie  »

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George Armitage wrote the script in three days. See more »

Quotes

Bo: This is Mrs. Parasol.
Mrs. Parasol: Mrs. Charles Parasol.
Syreena: Hi, Charles!
Mrs. Parasol: What is that outfit?
Syreena: I don't know! I saw Miss Julie Eisenhower wearing one on television.
Mrs. Parasol: [about a can opener] I'll take that.
Syreena: I'll wrap it.
[rips Mrs. Parasol's skirt]
Mrs. Parasol: Oh! This is outrageous!
Syreena: Thanks! It's nice to be appreciated!
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Crazy Credits

Any similarity between this true life adventure and the story Cinderella ... is bullshit. See more »

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What You See Is What You Get
Written by Anthony Hester
Performed by The Dramatics
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Absolute INSANITY--Satiric Attack on Racism, or Just Racist?
9 March 2008 | by (Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain) – See all my reviews

Darktown Strutters has to rate right up there with The Forbidden Zone for goodnatured, unbridled kinetic energy, outright insanity, and its willful desire to offend. This is a surreal flick in which everything is over the top to such a degree you have to wonder if it was due to drug use or if it was a purposeful creation of satire. In any case, I was entertained and appalled at the same time. But then again, I don't think that a middle aged white guy in the 21st century was really the intended audience for this film. The audience for this flick was the inner-city black-theater crowd of the mid-seventies. I just wonder how it played back in the day? Did they laugh along with the exaggerated black stereotypes, seeing it all as a satirical take on how black culture was seen by the mainstream? Or were they up in arms, seeing it as a slap in their collective faces by white filmmakers? I wonder. Was Darktown THE definitive satire of the "Blaxploitation" genre, or was it the genre's nadir?


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