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Original Gangstas (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  10 May 1996 (USA)
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Marvin Bookman is a small shop owner in Gary, Indiana, USA. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bookman
Jake Trevor
Laurie Thompson
Reverend Dorsey
Gracie Bookman
Oscar Brown Jr. ...
Marvin Bookman
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ...
Dru Down ...
Detective Slatten
Michael Casey


Marvin Bookman is a small shop owner in Gary, Indiana, USA. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the police. The gang doesn't like this so they go to the store and rough him up. Soon, John Bookman comes to town to set the wrong things right. With the help of Laurie and his old friend Jake, they attempt to take back the streets and show the new breed of gang members what the true originals can do. Written by Josh Pasnak <>

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The original bad boys are stepping up in '96!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for non-stop violence and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Warzone  »

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Box Office


$4,800,000 (estimated)


$3,014,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene with the two police cars exploding is lifted directly from "RoboCop 2" - also an Orion picture. See more »


When John and Jake do a drive-by at the steel mill in an attempt to start the gang war, several fires in barrels are burning. When they make their second pass, the smoke and fire can be seen going backwards, back into the barrels. See more »


John Bookman: Big talk coming from a faggot who don't even know what sex his mother is.
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Featured in Baadasssss Cinema (2002) See more »


Written, Produced, Arranged and Performed by John Bolden & Teddy Bolden II
Publishing: Third City Music (BMI)
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Blaxploitation stars kick ass
10 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's like old home wee when stars like Jim Brown (Slaughter, Black Gunn), Fred Williamson (Starsky & Hutch), Pam Grier, Ron O'Neal (Superfly), Richard Roundtree (Shaft), and Paul Winfield (Sounder) get together to teach some young punks a lesson. Heavys of the 70's blaxploitation genre are called home to get some revenge and clean up the town. Lots of talking and shooting and good old fashioned fisticuffs.

Pam Grier (Coffy, Foxy Brown) is back in the form we like. She was one of the first female action stars in Hollywood. Looking forward to a retrospective this weekend when they replay two of her best.

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