5.7/10
54
6 user 1 critic

The Baron (1977)

| Action, Drama
Black actor tries to make his own movie with an all-black cast, but to make it he's forced to borrow money from the Mafia. Complications ensue.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (original story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Glove (1979)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A bounty hunter is offered $20,000 - off the record - for the capture of a very large man who dons body armor and steel-plated gauntlets for his regular beatings of some unfortunate individuals.

Director: Ross Hagen
Stars: John Saxon, Roosevelt Grier, Joanna Cassidy
Big Daddy (1969)
Drama | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A visitor to the Everglades swamps in Florida encounters and falls in love with an uneducated girl. But he finds competition for her affections from the unlikely and mysterious A. ... See full summary »

Director: Carl K. Hittleman
Stars: Victor Buono, Joan Blondell, Chill Wills
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

This Thriller/horror movie tells the tale of a young girl who is terrified that her insane mother will take her away from her beloved foster mother. One day, the crazed real mother attempts... See full summary »

Director: Robert Allen Schnitzer
Stars: Sharon Farrell, Edward Bell, Danielle Brisebois
The Baron (TV Series 1966)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Stories of an antique dealer who is really an undercover agent.

Stars: Steve Forrest, Sue Lloyd, Paul Ferris
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Viet Nam veteran decides to undergo transgender operation in the 1970's. Melodrama. Ok at best

Director: Joseph Van Winkle
Stars: Gloria Manon, Dane Clark, Joan Blondell
Cobra nero (1987)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A lone cop struggles to protect a female photographer from a gang of psychopathic bikers.

Director: Stelvio Massi
Stars: Fred Williamson, Eva Grimaldi, Bruno Bilotta
The Black 6 (1973)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A black high school student is caught dating a white girl by the girl's brother. He and his biker gang beat the boy to death. The boy's brother, who is a member of a black biker gang, hears... See full summary »

Director: Matt Cimber
Stars: Robert Howard, Cindy Daly, Mikel Angel
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Liv is a mercenary drawn into a mission to rescue a kidnapped politician. He travels to the volatile Mideast and is assisted by Laura, a translator, where their lives are imperiled.

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Diana Sands, Calvin Lockhart, Seth Allen
Deathsport (1978)
Action | Sci-Fi | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Futuristic Science Fiction about a sport to the death, using "destructocycles".

Directors: Allan Arkush, Nicholas Niciphor, and 1 more credit »
Stars: David Carradine, Claudia Jennings, Richard Lynch
The Dead Don't Die (TV Movie 1975)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In the 1930s, a sailor trying to prove that his brother was wrongly executed for murder finds himself becoming drawn in the occult world.

Director: Curtis Harrington
Stars: George Hamilton, Linda Cristal, Joan Blondell
Battered (TV Movie 1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Gritty drama of three interweaving stories of three women of various backgrounds and ages whose marriages are complicated by spouse-abuse by their husbands.

Director: Peter Werner
Stars: Karen Grassle, LeVar Burton, Mike Farrell
Bobby Parker and Company (TV Movie 1974)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Bobby Parker thinks he is going crazy when his neuroses apparently take on human form.

Director: Bill Persky
Stars: Ted Bessell, Marj Dusay, Joan Blondell
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Jason
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vicki Baltimore ...
Dancer
Marlene Clark ...
Caroline
Leonard Jackson
...
Joey
Charles McGregor ...
The Cokeman
Samm-Art Williams ...
Rufus
Edit

Storyline

Black actor tries to make his own movie with an all-black cast, but to make it he's forced to borrow money from the Mafia. Complications ensue.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Baron Wolfgang von Tripps  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Surprisingly entertaining and well-made black action drama
2 August 2000 | by (New Orleans, United States) – See all my reviews

The Baron puts a unique spin on the typical 70s Blaxploitation shoot-em-up flick. Calvin Lockheart (who you may remember as a guest star on Good Times playing Florida's gambling cousin Raymond), plays an aspiring movie actor/producer/filmmaker who must turn to the underworld (and becoming some old lady's "Hot Dog") in order to raise money to make his film. And he must pay back his investors before someone gets hurt.

What Lockheart lacks in brawn (which seemed to be required for male leads in 70s black cinema -- i.e. Richard Roundtree, Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, etc.), he makes up in character and charm as he "battles" the gangsters in order to give life on screen to "The Baron." And while there are fewer "battles" than a typical Blaxploitation action movie (This film is more drama than action.), the ones that are shown are even more convincing since they're not the usual quick-n-dirty gun battles that we Blaxploitation fans have seen over and over.

Plenty of suspense, exciting action, good editing, solid acting, interesting storyline, and a groovy soundtrack by Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson make _The Baron_ a great rental choice when you're looking for some cool 70s black cinema. Especially if you're looking for something different from the same ole shoot 'em up/karate chop Blaxploitation film.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Baron (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?