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Original Gangstas (1996)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 10 May 1996 (USA)
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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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
Dru Down ...
Kayo
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Detective Slatten
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Mayor
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Michael Casey
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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 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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Hot City  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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$3,014,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The F word is said 103 times. See more »

Goofs

Camera crew shadow visible during the fight at the abandoned steel mill. See more »

Quotes

John Bookman: So what's the deal man, in the old day's it never took you this long to hotwire a car
Jake Trevor: The old day's man, boy you got to get rid of that, man if they smell that cheap ass cigar smoke they're going to know you been in the car.
John Bookman: It ain't no cheap cigar it cost me a dollar and a Quarter, anyway I do the smoking you load the weapons alright.
Jake Trevor: Yeah, now I done stashed the shit.I gotta go load the weapons, I gotta drive the car, and Laurie's she's gotta come up with all the plan's what you gonna do boss...
John Bookman:
Jake Trevor: [...]
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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On the Grind
Performed by The Click
Produced by Tone Capone for Dollars & Spenc Productions
Written by Tone Capone (as Anthony Gilmour), E-40 (as Earl Stevens), Denzil Foster (as D. Foster), Thomas McElroy (as T. McElroy), Jay King (as J. King IV), Suga-T (as Tenina Stevens), B. Jones, Damone Stevens and B. Jones
Publishing: Zomba Songs, Inc./E-40 Music Publishing/B-Legit Publishing/D-Shot Publishing/Suga T Publishing (all adm. by Zomba Songs, Inc.) (BMI)
True Science Publishing Zomba Enterprises, Inc. (adm. by Zomba Enterprises Inc.) (ASCAP) Jay King IV Music, Songs of All Nations, EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)
Contains an interpolation of "Situation #9"
(Denzil Foster (as D. Foster), Thomas McElroy (as T. McElroy), Jay King (as J. King IV))
Jay King IV Music/Songs of All Nations/EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)
The Click appear courtesy of Zomba Recording Corp.
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A veteran cast make this worth watching
27 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

A veteran cast make this update of the blaxploitation genre worth watching. Fred Williamson (Black Caesar), Jim Brown (Slaughter), Pam Grier (Coffy/Foxy Brown), Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and Ron O'Neal (Superfly) join forces to combat the newer, younger version of the same gang they formed some twenty years prior. Not enough Roundtree or O'Neal and barely enough action but a decent enough entry. For fans of the genre.


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