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Black Shampoo (1976)

A black hairstylist has sex with his female customers, and tries to keep the Mafia from taking over his business.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Daniels ...
Mr. Jonathan
Tanya Boyd ...
Brenda St. John
Joseph Carlo ...
Mr. Wilson (as Joe Ortiz)
Skip E. Lowe ...
Gary Allen ...
William Bonner ...
Maddox (as Jack Mehoff)
Bruce Kerley ...
Sheldon Lee ...
Chauffeur (as Salvator Benissimo)
Anne Gaybis ...
Mrs. Phillips
Heather Leigh ...
Mrs. Simpson (as Diana St. Clair)
Fred D. Scott ...
Freddie (as Fred Scott)
Marl Pero ...
Kelly Beau ...
Ruby Williams ...
Helene Farber ...


A black hairstylist has sex with his female customers, and tries to keep the Mafia from taking over his business.

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Release Date:

5 March 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agrioi ektelestes... kaftes koukles  »

Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dean Cundey replaced Michael Mileham as the director of photography for this movie after the first day of shooting. See more »


The towel on Mrs. Carruthers' shoulders as she gets up. See more »


Gay hairdresser: [describing a female customer] That bitch! She pinched my chin, honey, and she didn't even tip me!
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Referenced in Baadasssss Cinema (2002) See more »


Mr. Jonathan
Sung by The Gerald Lee Singers Featuring Stephana Loeb, Debbie James, Nancy Shanks
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One baad movie!
8 October 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Black Shampoo" is one of the lousiest blacksploitation films I've seen, and if you're familiar with the genre, you know thats saying a lot. In terms of technical quality, this makes "Dolemite" look like "Do the Right Thing". Fortunately, its also extremely entertaining because of the crappy nature of the product. Absolutely nothing happens, but the incredibly dated production and stupidity make it very entertaining for a bad movie night. The film is also pretty schizophrenic. For most of the running time, it feels like a standard 70s softcore porno with some blacksploitation elements. However, at the end it becomes an action film when our hero begins to weld a chainsaw.

Just what makes this so entertaining? For one, its extremely politically incorrect with just about every stereotype in the book. Blacks, whites, gays, rich, no ones safe from the screenwriters. Plus, the film has a badness that crosses over into surrealism at moments, especially the rodeo cookout. Also, its hilarious how no one can resist our hero's "charms", Mr. Jonathan. Personally I was a bit confused, because he comes across as being egotistical and dull as a dishwasher. Oh well, it all works within the context of the film. Add to this some truly silly violence (the gay hairdresser gets a curling iron up his, well you know, and the aforementioned hero's chainsaw revenge), make this lots of fun for fans of psychotronic cinema. By the way, its directed by the guy who play Acid in "Satan's Sadists", one of my personal favorite cult films. (6/10)

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