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Blankman (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Action, Crime | 19 August 1994 (USA)
A simpleton inventor becomes a superhero with a bulletproof costume and a low budget.

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Mayor Marvin Harris
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Grandma Walker
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Michael 'The Suit' Minelli
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Sammy the Blade
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Mr. Stone
Harris Peet ...
Commissioner Gains
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Tony the Match (as Joe Vassallo)
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Mr. Crudd
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Ned Beadie
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Bus Driver
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Storyline

Darryl is a childlike man with a genius for inventing various gadgets out of junk. When he stumbles on a method to make his clothes bulletproof, he decides to use his skills to be the lowest budgeted superhero of all. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Fighting crime on a budget. Fighting crime in his underwear. The world's biggest nerd is about to become its newest hero! See more »

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Comedy | Action | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for off-color humor | See all certifications »

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19 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blankman - Um Super-Herói Muito Atrapalhado  »

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$7,892,208 (USA)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the movie Last Action Hero (1993), 'Damon Wayans (I)' can be seen wearing a Blankman hat at the premiere of Jack Slater IV. See more »

Goofs

The glass door in the studio shatters before J-5 makes contact with it. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Stone: Ratings give me a woody.
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Connections

References Family Matters (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Deep
Written by Steve Roll'n & DC the Brain Supreme
Produced by Steve Roll'n and DC the Brain Supreme for Tag Team Music, Inc.
Performed by Tag Team
Courtesy of Bellmark/Life Records
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Transcends film stereotypes
19 November 2014 | by (Fort Myers, Florida) – See all my reviews

First, let me explain that I understand that this film has a crazy story with not the best acting. Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier do an amazing job as the two protagonists of this film unfortunately it falls a bit short with comedy. The cliché love story I think is part of the superhero stereotype it is adding into the mix.

This movie came out a decade too early I think. As we are now, in 2014, flooded with superhero films like Kick-Ass, Super, and all the comic book movies we are getting. Blankman is a wonderful attempt to get change film for black lead actors. Let me explain.

There is a trope in film called the "White Savior Character," in which a black person is the lead actor but always have to be saved or helped by another white character. He can't do anything on his own, there are numerous examples of these types of films including Finding Forester, 12 years a slave -brad pitt, Hardball, Gran Torino, Amistad, Cool Runnings, Wildcats, Mississippi Damned, and The Blind Side. Also I would use Django Unchained but in Gjango QT flips this and Django escapes, saves the girl, and makes revenge all on his own after his friend has died.

Blankman reverses this trope and has a black superhero save the day despite his nerdiness, try and save a white mayor, and defeat the bad guy. This goes against years of films to the contrary and I think it should be commended for this exact purpose.

It's one of those movies where the story isn't the best, the acting isn't the best, but the message and themes far exceed expectations and for that I rated it so highly.


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