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Panther (I) (1995)

R  |   |  Drama  |  3 May 1995 (USA)
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A dramatized account of the story of The Black Panther Party of Self-Defense.



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Panther is a semi-historic film about the origins of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The movie spans about 3 years (1966-68) of the Black Panther's history in Oakland. Panther also uses historical footage (B/W) to emphasize some points. Written by Qawi Robinson

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

3 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fekete párduc  »

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$6,834,525 (USA)

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Angela Bassett also played Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X (1992). See more »


At the school, when they are rallying for more members. See more »


Tyrone: Uh, Alma is it? We don't...
Alma: What? I'm black ain't I, I wanna help my community right or do you think oppression ends with that thing dangling between your legs?
Tyrone: But...
Alma: But nothing! We want full-fledged membership in the Black Panther Party and none of that alright sugar as long as you play the background, rubbing my feet, getting my drink bullshit, you dig?
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References Malcolm X (1992) See more »


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Written by David Porter
Performed by Sam & Dave (as Sam and Dave)
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You can't cheer for "Braveheart" if you can't cheer for this
18 January 2001 | by (Just outside Raleigh, NC) – See all my reviews

How is it possible that anyone can like a movie like "Braveheart" (a "fact-based" movie about Scottish people in the Middle Ages taking a stand against the tyranny that was going on) and then have the idea that this "fact-based" movie is any different?

Here were people in bad living conditions (to put it very lightly) and, along with using their Constitutional Right for a Well-Regulated Militia to Bear Arms for Necessary Protection, did all sorts of other things to improve their communities. The Black Panthers were mostly exposed as angry Blacks running around with guns, but that would be like saying the operetta version of "Les Miserables" is about a little girl named Cosette who dreams of a "Castle on a Cloud". As was shown in the film, they also had free breakfast programs and, in some areas in the country, free lunch programs so they could send the kids to school on full stomachs and thus be able to learn better. There was also the medical care they provided, and educational programs, etc. It was also shown that it went downhill once the founding members were in jail and were unable to run the show, so to speak.

As far as conspiracy theories are concerned, keep in mind that anybody during that time who asked "What's wrong with this picture?" (let alone did something about it) had FBI files started on them. And, in this extreme case, given that at the time the country was still in the crawling stage of getting used to the idea of equality of all races and sexes (among other things), is it really that hard to believe that "Big Brother" would flood the place with narcotics and other means of self-destruction? All I can say is "Well, DUH!"

Anyway, if you like movies based on history that deal with groups of people at the bottom (and in a worst case scenario) struggling against those up high to improve their situations, then just like "Braveheart", you should enjoy this film.

It's uncomfortable to watch at times, but, as we all know, there's no comfort in struggling; that's what makes victory more appreciable, assuming we achieve that victory in the first place.

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