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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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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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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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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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$3,014,000 (USA)
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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 »

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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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Down for the Fun
Written by John Bolden, Teddy Bolden II and Jarvis Washington
Performed by Shakey 'J'
Background Vocals: John Bolden & Teddy Bolden II
Produced & Arranged by John Bolden & Teddy Bolden II
Publishing: Third City Music (BMI)
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Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em
11 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

From the swaggy gentlemen at Po' Boy Productions, comes "Original Gangstas", a film that is as engrossing as it is hilarious. This slightly above-average film almost manages to keep the viewers glued to their seats for significant portions of the movie.

Fred "The Hammer" Williamson headlines what could be described as a surprisingly good cast. At the ripe age of 58, Fred has shown no signs of slowing down, and I was extremely impressed at the old man's youthfulness and his flair for kicking ass. Fred is joined by industry heavyweights Pam Grier, Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree, and some random guy named "Godfrey".

The movie takes place in the Hammer's hometown of Gary, Indiana. When a bunch of young, ignorant pranksters initiate a crime wave within the city, the Hammer decides to take matters into his own hands. The storyline is pretty solid, and the veteran actors turn in decent performances. The Hammer definitely carries the film, and his fan club won't be disappointed.

On the other hand, the younger guys in this movie didn't seem to know how to act at all. They weren't very believable, and "Dru Down" deserves a special mention, as he may be one of the worst actors I've ever seen. This fool couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. A department store mannequin would have sufficed. With that said, the dialogue is phenomenal. This film is full of great one-liners you can playfully recite with your friends at Chuck-E-Cheese. The action scenes were hilarious. There were multiple instances of Fred round-house kicking a guy to the face, which caused his victim to conveniently land on a randomly placed mattress? I don't think that was the filmmaker's intent, but nevertheless, the Hammer brings the heat.

In the distant future, will future scholars refer to "Original Gangstas" as a cinematic masterpiece? Will future generations stick this bad boy in a time capsule so that people can watch it 200 years from now? Probably not, but this film is still better than 80% of anything Nicholas Cage has ever done. If you're a fan of the Hammer, or blaxploitation films, or hilarious fight scenes, then you'll enjoy this movie.


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