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Panther (1995)

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

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Judge
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Tyrone
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Brimmer
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Cy
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Rose
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Alma
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Yuck Mouth
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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 »
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3 May 1995 (USA)  »

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A fekete párduc  »

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$6,834,525 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Angela Bassett also played Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X (1992). See more »

Goofs

When Detective Brimmer is chasing Judge, he makes a radio call saying the he is running east on Market Street, in Oakland, CA. Market Street in Oakland, runs South to North. There is no way to run East on Market Street. See more »

Quotes

Rodgers: [a Black FBI agent is being introduced] Gentleman, this is Pruitt, he'll be working with us from here on in.
Brimmer: But isn't he...
Pruitt: Special People for Special Problems
Brimmer: Sorry I didn't know that the FBI had...
Pruitt: Obviously there are many things that you don't know, should we just get to the point, the Black Panthers have united with other organizations sponsored by the communists to undermine our efforts in Vietnam. In the opinion of Mr. Hoover, the Black Panther Party is Public Enemy Number One. They have ...
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References Malcolm X (1992) See more »

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Shotgun
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Mario Van Peebles, director and writer.
27 August 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Panther (1995) is not to meant to be a dead on account of the Black Panther Party. This is what they call historical fiction. That is when you make up a story involving real life characters. The book this movie was based upon was writing a few years back by Melvin Van Peebles. The story is nothing more that a fictional account dealing with real life people.

It's a movie. Not a documentary. So please keep this in mind when watching it. But the dramatic elements and acting were quite good. I enjoyed it as a drama. If you want to learn about the Black Panther Party this is a good launching pad. From here I suggest you go to your local library and study up on these revolutionaries who tried to make some decent changes to the poor communities but were sabotaged by the F.B.I. and their army of rats and snitches.

I thought it was a bold step for Mr. Van Peebles to try and make a mainstream movie about a group of local heroes who have been buried by the mainstream and the far right. Stars Kadeem Hardison, Bokeem Woodbine, Joe Don Baker, Courtney B. Vance, Chris Rock, Bobby Brown and Angela Bassett. Directed by Mario Van Peebles. Co written by Mario and Melvin Van Peebles.

Recommended.


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