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Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)

Johnny Barrows, a G.I, is dishonorably discharged from the army after striking his commanding officer. When he returns home, he is mugged and thrown in jail. Down on his luck and with no ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Johnny Barrows
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Tony Da Vince
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Mario Racconi
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Don Da Vince (as Tony Caruso)
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Don Racconi
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Richard
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Prof. Theodore Rasputin Waterhouse
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Carlo Da Vince
Aaron Banks ...
Capt. O'Malley
Robert Phillips ...
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Nancy
Victor Rogers ...
Tom
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John LaMotta ...
Antonio Goti (as Johnny LaMotta)
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Johnny Barrows, a G.I, is dishonorably discharged from the army after striking his commanding officer. When he returns home, he is mugged and thrown in jail. Down on his luck and with no money, he gets a job at a gas station run by a racist jerk. After a while, he beats him up and is thrown in jail again. Shortly after, a mobster hires him as a mafia hit man because of his military training and he now gets caught in the middle of a rival gang war between two families. Written by Jmac1988

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Brutal!..Blasting!..Blazing!

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Action | Crime | Drama

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January 1976 (USA)  »

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Peace is Hell  »

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Star Fred Williamson's M*A*S*H (1972) co-star Elliott Gould came in for a half-hour's work to help out his friend. Gould completely improvised his part on the spot. See more »

Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the veteran who traded his place on the front line for a place on the unemployment line. Peace is Hell. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob Movie (2012) See more »

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The Hero & Some Other Time
Sung by Gordon Staples and The Devastating Affair
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Part improv, part gangster story, part hilarity
31 May 2006 | by (Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain) – See all my reviews

I wish someone would put Fred's directorial debut out in a decent widescreen DVD. The pan and scan versions out there now are so tightly cropped that they add a quality of hilarity even when the film is actually hitting some pretty serious notes (the pan and scan job is so bad it is almost like some kind of Austin Powers gag). But that said, I'm sure that much of the film would still be hilariously inept in any aspect ratio. In fact, the climax features THE most unintentionally comical Kung Fu fight ever put to film. I mean how often have you seen an actor start a butt-kicking by suddenly making snake moves with his hands and going "ASsssssssssshhhhhhhhsh sh sh sh"?

But there are some very effective moments as well, especially a brief cameo from Elliot Gould, who must have hit upon VERY hard times in the five years between MASH and this. And the sequence in which Johhny lets loose his anger by blasting and summarily cremating a mob boss almost seems like it's from another, much better, movie.

Anyway, it's a crazy hodgepodge, but I'd still like to see it in the original widescreen. Fred rules!


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