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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Did You Know?


Roger Guenveur Smith, who plays Pruitt, also played Huey Newton in A Huey P. Newton Story (2001), meaning he has played characters at the birth and death of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. See more »


At a party, a Black Panther member is shown playing a cream colored guitar with a Floyd Rose tremolo and locking nut. Floyd Rose didn't invent the locking tremolo system until 1977. The film is set in the mid-'60s. 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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simplistic but a thriller
24 February 2004 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

Panther's depictions of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and the opposing white establishment are perhaps a bit simplistic; nevertheless it made the movie no less thrilling.

Mario Van Peebles uses television footage from the civil rights struggles in the 1960s to demonstrate why the Black Panther Party came into existence. The scenes of police brutality and the Party standing up to the police were shot well and enable the viewer to grasp the fear as well as frustration of the times. Whether or not the film portrays an accurate account of history and the reasoning behind the creation of the Party is debatable. Of course, no film is completely historically accurate, and most producers, writers and directors have their own agenda when making a film. However, all that being said, it is not difficult to believe that the 'white' establishment behaved either exactly or near to the way it is depicted in the film. We need only read our history books, newspapers and watch footage (some of which was shown in the film) of the 'white' establishment's appalling actions during that period and indeed for centuries before that to determine that the depictions of overt racism and inhumane treatment dished out by the police and others in the film were not far fetched.

One other fact to consider is that the Panthers were considered an enemy to the established order and therefore the propaganda surrounding the history of the Party depicts them as worse than they actually were. The film, I believe, breaks those negative images down. It goes beyond the headlines of the time and depicts the problems facing black Americans then and indeed to some extent now. Indeed the most impressive aspect of the film is how it portrayed the need for the Black Panther Movement. One finds it difficult to advocate violence; however when one's life is on the line and those who are meant to protect are the perpetrators, then the right to defend oneself is the right of every person. The most powerful message this film sends is that the Panther Party was the result of a need not simply a desire.

The film may not be 'completely historically accurate;' however it does present a different view of the Panther Party and its objectives, one that is long overdue. This film is a must see!

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