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I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  23 February 1989 (West Germany)
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In this parody of blaxploitation movies, a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s to help him get revenge on Mr. Big.

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Flyguy
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Ma Bell
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Knuckles
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Jack Spade returns from the army in his old ghetto neighbourhood when his brother, June Bug, dies. Jack declares war on Mr. Big, powerful local crimelord. His army is led by John Slade, his childhood idol who used to fight bad guys in the 70s. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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It's tough to be a black hero.

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23 February 1989 (West Germany)  »

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I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,030,057 (USA)
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Angelo Moore:  standing to the left of the doorway with the rest of the L.A. ska band Fishbone when Flyguy comes out and struts down the street. See more »

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The same extra can be seen walking past Slade and the reporter, and then again a few seconds later when Jack introduces himself to Slade. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Big: I know you're surprised that a big Hollywood star like me would appear in this movie. A lot of Hollywood stars have done exploitation films, like Angie Dickinson in "Big, Bad Mama."
Jack Spade: Or Shelley Winters in "Cleopatra Jones"!
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Kung Fu Joe (Steve James) crawls up to a cop at the scene of the film's final confrontation: "Slade. I must find Slade." [rips off his shirt] "Kung Fu Joe is here!" Cop: "Sorry buddy. They've already gone." [walks away] Kung Fu Joe: [calls after him] "Yo brother, do you got a bandaid?" See more »

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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Kung Fu Fighting
Written & Performed by Carl Douglas
Courtesy of PRT Records
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It proves I can beat up a girl and a midget!!
1 July 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka' is an affectionate if not particularly literate send-up of the blaxploitation genre that misses more often than it hits but like any underdog, you can't help rooting for it. The first full length film directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans, 'Sucka' is the classic set-piece of a returning war veteran avenging the death of his brother by taking on the mob and with his group of hardened 70's crime fighters, reclaim the streets from Mr. Big.

The film itself is competent enough though a little thin on visual jokes and slapstick preferring longer skits which more often than not fizzle out simply because they run on for too long. For a first-time helmer this is understandable as you go with what you know, and as Wayans was more comfortable with stand-up and TV 'Sucka' wasn't able to develop into a coherently funny movie the way 'Scary Movie' would be some 12 years later.

What makes it stand up is the sheer lunacy of some of the set-pieces, and the cast which would make any blaxploitation picture salute with pride. Alongside Wayans you have blaxploitation legends Bernie Casey spoofing Shaft, Isaac Hayes and Jim Brown reprising their roles as 'Truck Turner' and 'Slaughter' and some deliciously funny cameos from Clarence Williams III, John Vernon Antonio Fargas and a young Chris Rock. The picture though belongs to the late and sorely-missed Steve James in a delirious send-up of his own career as martial-arts sidekick. Despite being a better actor than most of his co-stars James would forever languish on the B-list and would die just five years after this movie was made. He steals every scene he's in though, and if you need to bow out to 'Kung Fu Fighting' it's as good as any a way to go.

The film has a few good running jokes such as the mother's stunt double and the Shaft score running in the background and at a trim 88 minutes doesn't stay too long to put you off it. In the end it succeeds despite being nothing more than a loose collection of sketches held together by some very funny and very talented actors. It's worth watching just for the exchange between Hayes and Rock where the latter tries to buy some food (note: watch the end credits of Rocks' CB4 and you'll see this repeated at a newsstand) and the Pimp of the Year sequence, complete with Fargas wandering into the ghetto in full 70's pimp outfit mistakenly believing he's the smoothest thing out there. It's easy enough to like this film: rent it, enjoy it and hope someone comes up with a sequel soon.


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