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Abar, the First Black Superman (1977)

 -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  March 1977 (USA)
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Upon moving into a bigoted neighborhood, the scientist father of a persecuted black family gives a superpower elixir to a tough bodyguard, who thus becomes a superpowered crimefighter.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
J. Walter Smith ...
Dr. Kincade
Tobar Mayo ...
Abar
Roxie Young ...
Mrs. Kincade
Gladys Lum ...
Debbie Kincade
Tony Rumford ...
Tommie Kincade
Rupert Williams ...
Jim Kincade
Tina James ...
Susan Kincade (as Lonnie James)
Art Jackson ...
Dudley
Allen Ogle ...
Peabody
Joe Alberti ...
Hunt
Dee Turguand ...
Mabel
Nelson Meeker ...
Mayor
William Carrol Jr. ...
Marco
James Dickson ...
Tough
Richard Corrigan ...
Councilman
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Good For a Few Laughs
7 February 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Abar, the First Black Superman (1977)

** (out of 4)

Dr. Kincade (J. Walter Smith) moves his wife and two children into an all white neighborhood where they soon become targets of physical and mental violence. Turns out the white folks aren't too happy about blacks moving in so the doctor must get a bodyguard named Abar (Tobar Mayo) to help. After a tragic death the doctor uses a chemical he's been working on to turn Abar into a superhero. ABAR, THE FIRST BLACK SUPERMAN is a pretty campy movie that thankfully has enough funny moments to make it worth sitting through. With that said, if you're wanting a "good" Blaxploitation film then this here certainly isn't it, although I must say there's some good stuff scattered around and with some more editing I think you could have had a very good movie. What's so strange is that the title refers to the character as a "Superman" type but he actually turns into a mix between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesus. Abar walks around with special powers that can produce storms, put snakes into women's beds and he even has the power to turn black men's alcohol into milk. This entire sequence is rather bizarre and I'm not exactly sure what the point was but you have to admit that it's rather entertaining. The hilarious moments come from the racist white people. If you've seen a Blaxploitation movie then you know all whites are racist and that stays true here. Just wait until you see the neighbors reaction to the blacks moving in and her "breakdown" is among the funniest scenes I've seen in a very long time. How long it takes for the protests to start was rather hilarious as was a bit where the news station warns people that blacks have moved into town. The performances for the most part are forgettable but both Smith and Mayo are mildly interesting in their parts. The biggest problem is that the film runs on way too long and it takes way too long for the story to get going. I'm really not sure why they waited nearly an hour for the powers to kick in but by then you've really lost interest in it. This is certainly far from a "good" movie but fans of the genre should get a few laughs out of it.


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