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Youngblood (1978)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  24 May 1978 (USA)
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A gang war/drug story set in a Los Angeles ghetto about the coming of age of a 15-year-old black youth. In HD.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan O'Dell ...
Sybil (as Ren Woods)
Tony Allen ...
Vince Cannon ...
Jeff Hollis ...
Ron Trice ...
Sheila Wills ...
Herb Rice ...
Durango (as Herbert Rice)
Lionel Mark Smith ...
Chaka (as Lionel Smith)
Maurice Sneed ...
Ann Weldon ...
Mrs. Gordon


A gang war/drug story set in a Los Angeles ghetto about the coming of age of a 15-year-old black youth. In HD.

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If you live through the gang wars, the pushers, the back-alley deathtraps... YOU GONNA BE A STAR!


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After Bummie (Ron Trice) is killed, you can still see him breathing. See more »


Performed by War
Courtesy of Far Out Productions and MCA Records
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Decent black action thrills
16 January 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was the box office draw, but the focus of Youngblood is actually the title character, played with reasonable conviction by What's Happening! semi-regular Bryan O'Dell. He's a not so street smart kid who wants to run with the Kingsmen, a local gang headed by Hilton-Jacobs, a returned Vietnam vet. The Kingsmen spend a lot of time drinking, beating up rival gang members, and abusing each other, but that doesn't mean they don't have a social conscience: when they lose a member to smack, the hunt is on for the dope pushers peddling junk in the 'hood. The story is familiar but is helped along by a uniformly good cast. War's score is excellent, especially the title track and Galaxy, featured in a disco scene heavily reminiscent of Soooooouuullllll Train. Watch for Ron Neal (Superfly) in a brief cameo as a high school gym teacher.

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