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

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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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Featured in Baadasssss Cinema (2002) See more »

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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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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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