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Abar, the First Black Superman (1977)

PG  |   |  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 ...
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 ...
Allen Ogle ...
Joe Alberti ...
Dee Turguand ...
Nelson Meeker ...
William Carrol Jr. ...
James Dickson ...
Richard Corrigan ...


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


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March 1977 (USA)  »

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Abar: Black Superman  »

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Won 3 Oscars in 1978. Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor. See more »

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A wonderful expression of black community frustration. Abar is one of my favorite movies of all time.

Abar is obviously set up in an extreme environment. The blatant racism may seem to be too much for some viewers, but one must remember that it is just a movie. Actually, when witnessing the acting and editing, I find it hard for the average person to forget that it's just a movie. However, regardless of the poor editing and dialogue delivery, the characters are skillfully (almost magically) developed. The extreme prejudices portrayed in the film may not seem realistic for this day and age, but I think that it compensates for all of the constant problems and issues of minority disrespect/disregard in american society that may seem subtle, but in reality, cause just as many feelings of societal rejection and frustration within minority communities. With this film, I urge the viewer to, first, get a good laugh at the overall makeup of the film, and then check it out again to pick up on some of the issues that "In Your Face (Abar)" presents to our "great" american society.

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