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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
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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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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 movie is set in Gary Indianana, Fred Williamson (John Bookman) was born in Gary. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jake Trevor: [Jake has justed saved John from gangmembers;to John on the ground] Johnny,Johnny. It's alway's been your problem partner, pick a fight with too many people then you just fall apart.
John Bookman: [Groaning] Ahh, Jake don't bring that shit now man.
Jake Trevor: Let me give you a hand.
[helps John up]
Jake Trevor: how you been,man?
John Bookman: Ahh man.
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Shout of the Streets
Performed by The Dells
Written by Fred Pittman (as F.L. Pittman) and Noel Closson
Publishing by Clossongs, Soul Survivor, All Nations Music, Las Go Round, Kira Kurland and Appling Publishing (BMI)
Produced by Fred Pittman (as F.L. Pittman) and Preston Glass
Courtesy of PAR Records
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Before there were The Expendables, there were Original Gangstas
6 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have always been a big fan of the blaxsploitation genre of the 70's and Original Gangsta's brings back most of the genre's biggest stars for this ensemble cast 90's action flick. The film is headlined by Fred "The Hammer" Williamson and is accompanied by Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree and Ron O'Neil. In this very stylish 90's flick former old school heavies reunite to bring street justice and reclaim their neighborhood from ruthless dope pushing gang, The Rebels. This is the same gang that our heroes founded in the 70's as a protection gang, that has de evolved to its current incarnation as Gary, Indiana has become economically depressed, crime and violence has been on the rise. This was a great vehicle for Fred Williamson and "The Hammer" is a great commanding presence here as the lead. At age 58, he still is plenty tough and cool in this and is one of my favorite performances for sure. This is driven by action and style and there is plenty of it to go around. The more dramatic scenes were well done also and has great support from Paul Winfield, Robert Foster and Wings Hauser. Larry Cohen director of classics Black Caesar and Hell Up In Harlem did a great job in directing this and The Hammer himself was producer as well. Christopher B Duncan and Eddie Bo Smith Jr. were great as villains Spyro and Damien. Plus be sure not too miss cameo's from Bushwick Bill and others as well as a real excellent 90's rap soundtrack. Original Gangstas is pretty much The Expendables for the blaxsploitation genre and I personally like this movie a lot.


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