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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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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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The People Called Them Heroes. The F.B.I. Called Them Public Enemy Number One. See more »

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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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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 »

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

Bobby Seale: We not anti-white, we anti-oppression! You can't fight racism with racism.
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Black People
Performed by George Clinton
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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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