MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 11,238 this week

Abar, the First Black Superman (1977)

 -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  March 1977 (USA)
4.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.1/10 from 158 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 6 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 106 titles
created 08 Mar 2011
 
a list of 122 titles
created 28 Sep 2013
 
a list of 156 titles
created 9 months ago
 
list image
a list of 28 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Abar, the First Black Superman (1977)

Abar, the First Black Superman (1977) on IMDb 4.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Abar, the First Black Superman.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Special (2006)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lonely metermaid has a psychotic reaction to his medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero. A very select group of people in life are truly gifted. Special is a movie about everyone else.

Directors: Hal Haberman, Jeremy Passmore
Stars: Michael Rapaport, Paul Blackthorne, Josh Peck
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A numbers king pin tries to stay in business as the mafia and police close in around him.

Director: Bill Brame
Stars: Frank DeKova, Paul Harris, Frances E. Williams
Certificate: M Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Argoman is practically invincible with powers beyond the scope of mortal man. Who is Sir Reginald Hoover, he seems to know what mission Argoman is involved with? Will Jenabell become the ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Grieco
Stars: Roger Browne, Dominique Boschero, Eduardo Fajardo
Trailer War (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A meticulous selection of the best, strangest and most amazing coming attraction trailers in the world.

Stars: Joe Dante
Black Heat (1976)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Kicks Carter, a streetwise Las Vegs cop, is out to shut down an upscale hotel that is actually a front for a host of illegal activities. A gang headed by the scuzzy Ziggy is running ... See full summary »

Director: Al Adamson
Stars: Timothy Brown, Russ Tamblyn, Jana Bellan
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In Victorian London, Dr. Henry Jekyll attempts to create an elixir of life using female hormones stolen from fresh corpses. He reasons that these hormones will wipe out all common diseases ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A rich but racist man is dying and hatches an elaborate scheme for transplanting his head onto another man's body. His health deteriorates rapidly, and doctors are forced to transplant his ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Frost
Stars: Roosevelt Grier, Ray Milland, Don Marshall
Fantasy | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A satirical comedy about an unsophisticated country boy who treks off to Chicago, gets shot by mobsters and awakens to find that he has the powers of Superman. In HD.

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Jon Voight, Monique van Vooren, Severn Darden
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

One of several Rudy Ray Moore films, THE HUMAN TORNADO is part of the on-going adventures of Dolemite: a signifying' super-hero. Dolemite comes to the rescue of Queen Bee, whose primarily ... See full summary »

Director: Cliff Roquemore
Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Lady Reed, Jimmy Lynch
Guyver (1991)
Sci-Fi | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A young man discovers a mechanical device that merges with his own body, turning him into a cyborg superhero. When strange creatures start appearing, trying to take the device back, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Screaming Mad George, Steve Wang
Stars: Greg Joung Paik, Jimmie Walker, Peter Spellos
Abby (1974)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A possession film about a marriage counselor who becomes possessed by a Demon of Sexuality, when her father in law, an Exorcist, freed it while in Africa. He returns home, along with his ... See full summary »

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Carol Speed, William Marshall, Terry Carter
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Ron Atkins
Stars: Lawrence Wade Bucher, Stella McKinney
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He asked for Equality, he witnessed injustice. He knew Wisdom ... he got Revenge! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abar: Black Superman  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Absolutely horrible, though in a "fun" way
6 October 2010 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

"Abar, The First Black Superman" sounds good due to the title, but really this is a huge mess of a film, even though it is fun to watch (despite the brutality).

A black family led by an established and successful doctor (nice new shiny Caddy he has) moves into a very nice (a.k.a. "white") neighborhood, where they encounter racism by pretty much everyone who is white. Right away, all the whiteys are picketing, tossing trash on the property, and even calling their little black children names like "picaninny," before escalating to much worse things, such as trying to blow up the house, attempted rape, and much worse.

The movie is actually racist in that it makes every single white person racist against blacks, even when (not to give anything away) really bad things happen to the black family. There's not a single white person in the whole movie that pretty much wouldn't fit right at home with KKK.

Anyhows, Abar and his militant black gang take care of various whiteys and Abar himself stays at the family's home to protect them (because he's being paid). All the while, he complains that the doctor he is protecting turned his back on "the brothers" by moving into whitey's 'hood. It turns out the doc is working on a serum to give someone superhuman powers, and Abar finally takes it and becomes a superhero.

But does he perform feats of strength and become a crime fighter? Despite what it looks like, no. Instead, his powers consist of making a constant "swoosh" noise every time he does something seemingly supernatural, and these things are downright hilarious. He sees a bunch of bums drinking wine bottles, which he turns into milk bottles. He sees teenagers getting high and wasting time, so he turns them into college graduates (complete with the outfit!). He sees a preacher get into his big shiny new car, which he turns into a horse and carriage (which the crowd outside with the preacher doesn't find odd at all apparently). He then causes grief for various bad whiteys around town. He does stop one crime - he makes a purse-snatcher keep running until he's exhausted and he returns the purse.

There is a downright hilarious scene near the end, where this mean 'ol (very attractive) white woman finally apologizes to the black family, only to then reveal a startling revelation!

The acting (especially the doctor) is totally abysmal (hilarious) and most of these people only appeared in this film. If you like movies that are so bad that they are good, this is definitely one to watch.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Abar, the First Black Superman (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?