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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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Trivia

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

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Dink: Man, that money don't mean shit I can alway's get cream! I'm a businessman man for real Damien I got information anything you want to know about Spyro, Kayo that bitch Princess, anybody man we can work as a team for real,we can get money man that's what I'm talking about.
Damien: This is very dissapointing, we've shown you nothing but love Dink and respect because we care about you we've alway's cared about you.
Dink: I'm saying man, what is this coming to?
Damien: This is what this is coming too
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Featured in Baadasssss Cinema (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Inner City Blues
Performed by Ideal & The Chi-Lites
Produced by Bishop 'Stick' Burrell Sr. for 2 Hard 2 Touch Productions Inc.
Written by Marvin Gaye - James Nyx (as James Nyx Jr.) and Bishop Burrell - Ruben Nero
Publishing: Jobete Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)/Bishtick Music (BMI)
Chi-Lites appear courtesy of Brunswick Records
Ideal appears courtesy of NooTrybe Records
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A nod to an OG!
2 January 2017 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

This is something like a re-union party of the so-called blaxploitation film stars, which shows the whole world that those guys and ladies are still sexy and strong enough to teach some lessons to the young, disrespectful punks in the neighborhood of the city of Gary, Indiana. That's all about the story, which is as uninspired as any B-action flicks. "Original" gangstas come back to town, to fight against the "new" gangsters that rule the street with terror. The charm of the film lies in the cast, which looks a dream team for any fans of the 1970's blaxploitaion films. Here they are back in good form: Fred Williamson ("Black Caesar"), Jim Brown ("Slaughter"), Pam Grier ("Coffy"), Richard Roundtree ("Shaft") and Ron O'Neil ("Superfly") and you got also players like Robert Forster (who in the following year makes a smashing collaboration with Pam Grier in "Jackie Brown") and Wings Hauser in his very unlikely role. It is a gift from the heaven for the movie fans like me.

Overall rating: 7 out of 10.


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