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Youngblood (1978)

 -  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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Rommel
Bryan O'Dell ...
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Sybil (as Ren Woods)
Tony Allen ...
Hustler
Vince Cannon ...
Corelli
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Junkie
Jeff Hollis ...
Pusher
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Reggie
Ron Trice ...
Bummie
Sheila Wills ...
Joan
Ralph Farquhar ...
Geronimo
Herb Rice ...
Durango (as Herbert Rice)
Lionel Mark Smith ...
Chaka (as Lionel Smith)
Maurice Sneed ...
Skeeter-Jeeter
Ann Weldon ...
Mrs. Gordon
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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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If you live through the gang wars, the pushers, the back-alley deathtraps... YOU GONNA BE A STAR!

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Youngblood (Livin' in the Streets)
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Typical '70s movie
4 April 2010 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Back in the 1970s, it seemed like almost every movie that had a black cast was about the blacks being victims of their environment in one way or the other. I thought that was patronizing, but that was the popular theme. Unlike Shaft and Superfly that had strong lead characters that fought back against the system in a smart way, Youngblood focused on the story of a bunch of young teens who were being led by the forces of their neighborhood street life. Hilton-Jacobs plays the soldier who has just returned from Vietnam and should have the most leadership abilities of anyone in his hood. Unfortunately, he is not much of a leader. This film is somewhat slow-paced and bleak. None of the characters is very happy with their lives, and they are all looking for fulfillment from their gang-life and their buddies. There are a couple of twists that just added to that sense that everyone is corrupt (even Youngblood's brother is a drug-dealer/hit-man). The message of this film is one of hopelessness. Everyone is pretty bad, from the white guys who are drug dealers/killers down to the blacks who are drug addicts, or street pushers, or killers; and even the gang members who try to fight back end up stealing and killing. The ending of this movie is bizarre. Half the story is not clear, and what happened to a number of the characters remains untold. It is like if they just ran out of film and wrapped it up when it was 85% finished. As a 1970s movie, it is a testimony to what was politically correct at the time.


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