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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
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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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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: So tell me what are you gonna do about these gang's?
Mayor: Well, from what I understand you used to be a gang-member yourself a founding member of the Reb's.
John Bookman: Yeah, that's true. But we didn't kill people.
Mayor: Yes but uh... you started something and it's outta control.
John Bookman: Because you let it!
Mayor: Now listen, DON'T LAY THIS SHIT ON ME! You are pissed off because you have become a victim of something you started yourself.
Michael Casey: You see Mr. Bookman I'm afraid that is your legacy to Gary, so don't be coming in here waving ...
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Rollin'-Up
Written, Produced, Arranged and Performed by John Bolden & Teddy Bolden II
Publishing: Third City Music (BMI)
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Blaxploitation stars kick ass
10 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

It's like old home wee when stars like Jim Brown (Slaughter, Black Gunn), Fred Williamson (Starsky & Hutch), Pam Grier, Ron O'Neal (Superfly), Richard Roundtree (Shaft), and Paul Winfield (Sounder) get together to teach some young punks a lesson. Heavys of the 70's blaxploitation genre are called home to get some revenge and clean up the town. Lots of talking and shooting and good old fashioned fisticuffs.

Pam Grier (Coffy, Foxy Brown) is back in the form we like. She was one of the first female action stars in Hollywood. Looking forward to a retrospective this weekend when they replay two of her best.


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