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The Black Gestapo (1975)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  March 1975 (USA)
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General Ahmed has started an inner-city People's Army to try and relieve the misery of the citizens of Watts. When the locals are put under increasing pressure by Mafia thugs, Ahmed's ... See full summary »

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Col. Kojah (as Charles P. Robinson)
Phil Hoover ...
Vito
Edward Cross ...
Delmay (as Ed Cross)
Angela Brent ...
Marsha
Wes Bishop ...
Ernest
Lee Frost ...
Vincent
Donna Young ...
White Whore (as Dona Desmond)
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Joe
Rai Tasco ...
Dr. Lisk
David Bryant ...
Dope Pusher
J. Christopher Sullivan ...
T.V. Owner
Colin Male ...
Newscaster
Gene Russell ...
Gambler
Uschi Digard ...
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General Ahmed has started an inner-city People's Army to try and relieve the misery of the citizens of Watts. When the locals are put under increasing pressure by Mafia thugs, Ahmed's second-in-command Colonel Kojah asks for permission to start a protection squad to take more direct action. Ahmed fears this protection squad will just turn into a vigilante mob, and his prediction soon proves correct. Will Ahmed be able to wrest control back from the power-mad Kojah, or will he be the mob's next victim? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Gen. Ahmed: No one's going to respect you if you do not respect yourselves. No one's going to help you. You have got to get it together by yourselves FOR yourselves. Martin Luther King had a dream, and it was blasted into eternity with him. I offer you reality! You've got to stand tall and demand your rights. No one's going to give you a damn thing. The People's Army was established through a grant given by the white community: blacks helping blacks with white money. Now you've turned your backs on your ow...
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Insulting, damp squib of a film
28 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the many blaxploitation with the title prefix Black... (...Samurai, ...Caesar, ...Aphrodite), Gestapo also manages - rather uncomfortably - to incorporate the iconography of Nazism, bringing another of the popular sub-genre's of the exploitation market, that together make nazi-blaxploitation. "The People's Army", a vigilante group headed by General Ahmed (Rod Perry), are set up in Watts to protect black citizens in the inner city. After they run a white criminal organisation from the community, second in command Colonel Kojah (Charles Robinson), breaks the group in the middle to form his own, more fascistic group, indulging in money-making activities such as drug dealing, and orates for more direct, violent action.

Writer-director Lee frost (along with co-writer-producer Wes Bishop), has obviously, and incredibly insensitively, misinterpreted the black power movement in the late 1960's/'70's - particularly the Black Panthers - and presented it with Nazi iconography. It's an uncomfortable juxtaposition to see a group of black men congregated on a ghetto basketball pitch, dressed fully in the garments of the most vilified, ultra-racist political movement of the twentieth century. Why exactly would anyone (but particularly an ethnic minority), take on this most instantly recognisable of images?

There does seem to be an attempt to perhaps represent the opposing views of the two major iconic black figures of the 1960's. In Ahmed we have the message of non-violent protest from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whilst Kojah's view of violent actions mirrors the philosophy of Malcolm X, and his pronouncement of using violence in self-defence. But maybe I'm just reading into something that's not actually there. When the film isn't insulting its audience, it displays nothing new to an already lagging genre, and simply presents generic tropes: Blaxploitation was always criticised for perpetuating racial stereotypes, but this film could indeed be guilty of far more. With a series of scenes-we've-seen- before, such as the castration of a white man, after he raped a sister, the film also uses the contemporary necessities such as soft female nudity. Action scenes are played out with little excitement or even much vigorous movement, which along with the amateurish film making makes this film a totally dull squib. So... Hardly the "New Master Race," instead simply insulting to anyone who watches.

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