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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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They Made Blaxploitation in Africa?!! See more (3 total) »


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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 (alternative 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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They Made Blaxploitation in Africa?!!, 10 March 2011
Author: Brian Harris (wildsidecinema) from United States

I know exploitation cinema isn't exclusive to America, many countries around the world have made and continue to make exploitation, but I have to say that I'm rather surprised to see a Blaxploitation film hailing from South Africa. I suppose when you think about it though, considering all of the political and racial strife South Africa has seen, Blaxploitation cinema definitely makes sense. Naturally this isn't the first time this particular film has seen release here in the states, a company called EastWest (likely a bootleg outfit) is still currently selling the "Soul Patrol" version of Death of a Snowman which runs one minute shorter than Synapse's. I know BCI also owned the rights to this a few years back though I can't seem to find any indication that it was indeed actually released.

Anyhow, the film itself was quite entertaining; there were a few sequences that seemed to drag along here and there but actors Davenport (lovin' his Sean Connery beard!) and Gampu were likable characters with a laid back, believable relationship. Seeing Gampu portray a respectable Blaxploitation hero with a strong moral compass was also a refreshing change-up from the usual pimps, pushers, hustlers, gangsters and vigilantes that typified the sub-genre.

Basically the action was right on point, violence over-the-top and the score was wonderful as it was filled with dark grooves and fast-paced action funk so, for me, everything about Death of a Snowman just felt right. As I said, there were a few lulls but this is exploitation…not Fellini. If there weren't some dull moments and missed opportunities for nudity, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this so thoroughly. Yeah right!

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