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Death of a Snowman -- An ambitious news reporter learns of deaths from the hands of an all-black vigilante group known only as "War on Crime".


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Release Date:
September 1978 (USA) See more »
A South African Exploitation Classic! See more »
A white cop and a black reporter join forces to investigate apparent vigilante killings in the South African underworld. | Add synopsis »
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Sloppy semi-blaxploitation with a touch of excitement See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order)

Nigel Davenport ... Lt. Ben Deel
Ken Gampu ... Steve Chaka
Peter Dyneley ... Captain
Bima Stagg ... Johnson
Madala Mphahlele ... Luther 'Snowman' Daniels
Morrison Gampu ... Pops, Steve's father
Joe Lopes ... Chops
Hal Orlandini ... Jim
Steve Cohen ... Steve
Stuart Brown ... Alcock
Karen Pooe ... Prostitute
Jack Fisher ... Sun Hing
Moira Downie ... Heather
Miriam Mthlose ... Charley
Tullio Moneta ... Tullio
Sydney Chama ... Artist
Trevor Blow ... Frankie
Margaret Singana ... Singer

Directed by
Christopher Rowley 
Writing credits
Bima Stagg (writer)

Produced by
Stephen Brind .... executive producer
Martin Wragge .... producer
Original Music by
Trevor Rabin 
Fransua Roos 
Robert Schroder 
Patric van Blerk 
Cinematography by
Fred Tammes 
Film Editing by
Alfred Cox 
Production Design by
Karl Reimer 
Makeup Department
Anni Taylor .... makeup artist (as Annie Taylor)
Production Management
Peter Warnaby .... production manager
Sound Department
Edward Pearse .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Paul Kemp .... special effects
Reo Ruiters .... stunt coordinator
Jannie Wienand .... stunts (as Jannie Wynand)
Martin Wragge .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Rainer Lanuschny .... first assistant camera
Perci Young .... second assistant camera (as Percy Young)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Merkel .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Audrey Cox .... second assistant editor
Monica Schmikl .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Allan Goldberg .... music producer
Trevor Rabin .... musical director
Patric van Blerk .... music producer
Other crew
T. da Silva .... end titles
Stan Friedman .... end titles
Cheryl Frootko .... continuity
Charles A. Gould .... production assistant (as Charles Gould)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Black Trash" - USA (video title)
"Harlem Black Muscle" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"Soul Patrol" - USA (reissue title)
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USA:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video rating) | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Sloppy semi-blaxploitation with a touch of excitement, 13 December 2005
Author: KnatLouie from Copenhagen, Denmark

I found this movie in the bargain-bin at my local Blockbuster, where it was available in a very old cassette (where it said VHS/Video 2000/Beta Max on the cover), and the title was 'The Hunt for Mr. Clean' in danish.

It took about an hour of playing time before this so-called 'Mr. Clean' would show up, and it was only as a pseudonym for Luther 'Snowman' Daniels, who was played by Madala Mphahlele, who apparently hasn't done any movies before or since this one. He plays a gangster who had some kind of connection with real-life gangster Joey Gallo, who got shot in 1972. (The cover of the film describes this movie as the main character being Joey Gallo chasing Mr. Clean, totally wrong and bizarre writings, kinda funny) - And Nigel Davenport who played Lt. Ben Deel, the cop on the case was only in the movie for about 15 minutes or so, the main hero is Ken Gampu who plays the journalist Steve Chaka, who has cracked down the entire case by himself, but the police don't trust him anymore, so he can't tell them anything about the information. Bima Stagg, who wrote this, has a role as Johnson in this movie, but I can't remember who he was. The most interesting character was a poor mans Donald Sutherland (with the big beard and long hair), who went around and killed a lot of people, but apparently he wasn't very important for the plot, since he suddenly was removed halfway in the movie.

All in all, there was a lot of muddled fights and chases, which annoyed me quite a lot, since you couldn't see what the heck was going on (say, ten black men fighting in a dark basement with poor lighting isn't very fun to watch, unless you like playing guessing-games) But I have to give it at least 4 of 10, since it had a lot of cool shoot-outs, and Asian mobsters in South Africa, plus two guys with HUGE Afros talking to each other, which made me laugh. It is quite rare, so you're lucky if you can find it. It isn't very likely that this will be released on DVD in the near future (or ever), so the VCR's (videoplayers) can't be deemed redundant yet.

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