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Original Gangstas (1996)

 -  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

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John Bookman
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Jake Trevor
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Laurie Thompson
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Reverend Dorsey
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Gracie Bookman
Oscar Brown Jr. ...
Marvin Bookman
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Slick
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Bubba
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Spyro
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ...
Damien
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Kayo
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Detective Slatten
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Michael Casey
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Storyline

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 <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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The original bad boys are stepping up in '96!


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Rated R for non-stop violence and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »
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10 May 1996 (USA)  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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$3,014,000 (USA)
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Camera crew shadow visible during the fight at the abandoned steel mill. See more »

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John Bookman: Big talk coming from a faggot who don't even know what sex his mother is.
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Original Gangstas
Performed by 'Code Blue' and Rio Appling and Rilondra Appling with The Dramatics
Written by Rick Appling, 'Code Blue' and Frankie Peay
Publishing by A Right To Fly Music (BMI), Kira Kurland, Burton Publishing, Appling Publishing, Code Blue World's Music
Produced by Rick Appling, 'Code Blue' and Frankie Peay
Courtesy of PAR Records
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Could Have Been So Much Better
26 November 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Somewhat disappointing homage to 70's blaxploitation films. Has a lot going for it with a cast full of great actors from that genre and a director who did some solid work there too. But ultimately it doesn't work well. Despite the violence and language, it's nowhere near as gritty, tough, and sexy as those 70's films. Also, and this sounds like a cheap shot, the fight scenes are comically bad. One could argue that perhaps this was an intentional part of the film paying tribute to the likes of Rudy Ray Moore but that would be a huge stretch. The fights don't appear to be choreographed so the actors just move each other around and throw professional wrestling punches instead. Still, the cast and director are worth recommending you check it out.


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