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Baadasssss! -- Mario Van Peebles's half documentary/half homage to his father Melvin's 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
Baadasssss! -- Mario Van Peebles's half documentary/half homage to his father Melvin's 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.


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A father. A son. A revolution.
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Mario Van Peebles ... Melvin Van Peebles

Joy Bryant ... Priscilla

T.K. Carter ... Bill Cosby

Terry Crews ... Big T

Ossie Davis ... Granddad

David Alan Grier ... Clyde Houston

Nia Long ... Sandra

Paul Rodriguez ... Jose Garcia

Saul Rubinek ... Howard 'Howie' Kaufman

Vincent Schiavelli ... Jerry

Khleo Thomas ... Mario

Rainn Wilson ... Bill Harris

Karimah Westbrook ... Ginnie

Len Lesser ... Manny & Mort Goldberg

Sally Struthers ... Roz

Jazsmin Lewis ... Working Girl

Adam West ... Bert

Ralph P. Martin ... Tommy David (as Ralph Martin)

Robert Peters ... Bob Maxwell

Glenn Plummer ... Angry Brother

Khalil Kain ... Maurice

Pamela Gordon ... Ethel

Wesley Jonathan ... Panther

Joseph Culp ... Attorney

John Singleton ... Detroit J
Joan Blair ... Brenda

Penny Bae Bridges ... Megan

Mandela Van Peebles ... Angel Muse

E.J. Callahan ... Bartender

Keith Diamond ... Large Brother

Don Dowe ... Officer
Brian 'Skinny B.' Lewis ... Panther

Mickey Mello ... David

Christopher Michael ... Black Journalist
Tyrone M. Mitchell ... Man
Alan James Morgan ... Josh
David Alan Smith ... Brewster

Nathan Wetherington ... Jimmy

Robin Bobeau ... Excited Lady (as Robin Wilson)
Paul Roach ... Pimpy Paul
Marley Van Peebles ... Trick or Treater
Maya Van Peebles ... Trick or Treater

Bridget Avildsen ... Trick or Treater
Craig Jones ... Trick or Treater

Kate Krystowiak ... Moonbeam
Anthony Rodriguez ... Fernando
Thomas Longo ... Camera Assistant
Robert Yosses ... Script Supervisor

Danny Hebert ... Crew Member
Michele Hill ... Biker Girl
Les Miller ... Nora
Robert Primes ... Union Thug (as Bob Primes)
Buzzxsassy ... Union Thug
Rey Riogo ... Union Thug
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brent Schaeffer ... Panther
Megan Van Peebles ... Herself (also archive footage)
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Directed by
Mario Van Peebles 
Writing credits
Melvin Van Peebles (book "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto")

Mario Van Peebles (screenplay) &
Dennis Haggerty (screenplay)

Produced by
Bruce Wayne Gillies .... line producer
Dennis Haggerty .... associate producer
Dennis Haggerty .... co-producer
Tobie Haggerty .... associate producer
Tobie Haggerty .... co-executive producer
Michael Mann .... executive producer
Jerry Offsay .... executive producer
G. Marq Roswell .... co-producer
Mario Van Peebles .... producer
Tal Vigderson .... co-producer
Original Music by
Tyler Bates 
Cinematography by
Robert Primes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nneka Goforth 
Anthony Miller 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Production Design by
Alan E. Muraoka 
Art Direction by
Jorge Borrelli  (as Jorge Gonzalez Borrelli)
Set Decoration by
Galit Reuben 
Costume Design by
Kara Saun 
Makeup Department
Kokeeta Douglas .... hair stylist
Kokeeta Douglas .... makeup designer
Pat Harris .... assistant hair stylist (as Patricia Harris)
Pat Harris .... assistant makeup artist (as Patricia Harris)
Denise Pugh-Ruiz .... assistant hair stylist (as Denise Ruiz)
Denise Pugh-Ruiz .... assistant makeup artist (as Denise Ruiz)
Mark Starr .... assistant hair stylist
Mark Starr .... assistant makeup artist
Gianni Thomas .... assistant hair stylist (as Gianni)
Gianni Thomas .... assistant makeup artist (as Gianni)
Production Management
Bruce Wayne Gillies .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tamu Blackwell .... second second assistant director
Rachel Dickson .... second assistant director (as Rachel M.S. Dickson)
Bruce Wayne Gillies .... first assistant director
Bruce Wayne Gillies .... second unit director
Brian 'Coach' Rosett .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jake Blecha .... leadman
Mark Henderson .... art department intern
Kevin Hummel .... swing gang
Robert Hummel .... assistant property master (as Bob Hummel)
Ryan Kriss .... swing gang
Dana MacDuff .... property master
Jeff Powers .... graphic designer
Jeffrey Powers .... graphic artist
Roni Spitzer .... buyer
Sound Department
Hennie Britton .... foley recordist
Derrick Cloud .... boom operator
Benjamin L. Cook .... supervising sound editor (as Benjamin Cook)
Carlos Delarios .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Paul Demers .... foley assistant
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
Frederick Howard .... sound effects editor (as Fred Howard)
Craig Jurkiewicz .... sound effects editor
Michael Keeping .... foley artist (as Michael P. Keeping)
Dave Kustin .... assistant sound editor
David Parker .... sound mixer
Jason Schmid .... sound re-recording mixer
Anne Slack .... sound effects editor (as Anne-Marie Slack)
Brian Slack .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Beverley Hartigan .... special effects (as Beverly Hartigan)
John C. Hartigan .... special effects (as John Hartigan)
Albert Lannutti .... special effects (as Albert Lanutti)
Visual Effects by
Craig Kuehne .... digital compositor
Kim Robert Koscki .... stunt coordinator (as Kim Koscki)
Camera and Electrical Department
Marty Boger .... grip
Paul Cuffee .... gaffer (as Paul Cuffe)
Ian Dodd .... camera operator: "a" camera
Frank Gardner .... best boy
Paul Gibilisco .... second assistant camera
Steve Gurklys .... videographer: behind-the-scenes
Freeman Hardin .... electrician
Kaiser 'Kai' Kim .... electrician (as Kaiser Ki-Pyo Kim)
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator
Dan Kneece .... camera operator: "b" camera
Steven Mann .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John T. Martin .... key grip
Johnny W. Martin .... key grip (as Johnny Martin)
Skip Mobley .... second assistant camera
Michael O'Connor .... still photographer
Heather Page .... camera operator
Cricket Peters .... best girl electric (as Crickett Peters)
Ann Rosencrans .... electrician
Omari Thomas .... electrician
Gary Katsuya Ushino .... first assistant camera (as Gary Ushino)
Michael Valenzuela .... grip
Charly Winzer .... grip
Jason Wood .... electrician
Dan Kneece .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Gary Katsuya Ushino .... digital imaging technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Laura Cataldo .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erick Anderson .... wardrobe assistant
Kassie Byrd .... wardrobe intern
Tasha Monique Carter .... on-set costumer
Tanya Sanchez .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Patrick S. Clark .... post-production coordinator (as Patrick Clark)
Tim King .... executive in charge of post-production
Amy B. Melendez .... post-production assistant
Jay Melzer .... digital editor
Nathan Novero .... assistant editor
Tom Overton .... colorist
Robert C. Rodriguez .... assistant editor
Robert C. Rodriguez .... on-line editor: HDTV
Michael Stahlberg .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tree Adams .... composer: additional music
Christopher S. Parker .... music coordination and clearances (as Chris Parker)
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Adam Swart .... music coordination and clearances
Frank Macchia .... musician: sax and flute (uncredited)
Garth Trinidad .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator
Julius M. Fletcher .... driver (as Julius Fletcher)
Mark Garrett .... driver
Other crew
Luis Brito .... caterer
Marty Carlin .... studio teacher (as Martin Carlin)
John Carlson .... digital transfer engineer
William Clark Coit III .... location manager (as William Coit)
Laura Collier .... assistant production accountant
Nathan Crum .... digital utility
André Devantier .... caterer (as Andre Devantier)
Rex Dominguez .... set production assistant
Kevin Dreher .... production assistant
Phil Eisenhower .... studio teacher
Jena English .... researcher
Guy Flint .... studio teacher
Dale V. Franz .... script supervisor (as Dale Franz)
Jose Garcia .... consultant
Mimi Gillies .... production coordinator
Kristina Granai .... craft service assistant
S.J. Granai .... craft service (as Stephanie Granai)
Jennifer Hill .... animal wrangler
Meica Kelly .... office production assistant
Kanchan Kurichh .... production assistant
Robert Lewis .... location assistant
Michael Matus .... medic (as Michael Matis)
Keana McGee .... assistant production coordinator
Jaime R. Mejia .... production assistant (as Jaime Mejia)
Jeff Milcheck .... production assistant (as Jeff Millcheck)
Les Miller .... assistant: Mr. Van Peebles
Bobbie Nanfito .... animal wrangler
Shonta Odom .... office intern
Stella Pacific .... studio teacher
Greg Pacificar .... production assistant (as Gregory Pacificar)
Anjoli Rountree .... production assistant
Raul Sanchez .... animal wrangler
Jessica Shannon .... production accountant
Sabrina Sipantzi Ballard .... life guard (as Sabrina Ballard)
Michael Thomas .... office intern
Tom Vice .... account service representative
Keana McGee .... production secretary (uncredited)
Chad Tomasoski .... title designer (uncredited)
Eothen Alapatt .... special thanks: Stone Throw Records
Marc-Magnum Davis .... special thanks
Pamela Gordon .... in memory of
Darrell R. Grimes .... the producers wish to thank
Stephen A. Housden .... special thanks (as Steve Housden)
Vicki Letizia .... special thanks
Summer Mann .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass" - USA (original title)
"Badass" - USA (alternative title)
"Gettin' the Man's Foot Outta Your Baadasssss!" - USA (new title)
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Rated R for pervasive language and some strong sexuality/nudity
Canada:108 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Argentina:108 min | Australia:109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Troy Garity appears uncredited as the singer Donovan.See more »
Anachronisms: While making "Sweet Sweetback", Melvin Van Peebles makes a reference to TV's "Soul Train", a show that would not be introduced into nationally syndication for another year.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Teenage Mother (1967)See more »
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A must-see for anyone interested in film-making or screen writing, 16 September 2004
Author: anhedonia from Planet Earth

It's a real shame that mediocre indie films, such as "Open Water" and "Napoleon Dynamite," get tons of publicity while a gem like "Baadasssss!" goes unnoticed.

Director and co-writer Mario Van Peebles affectionately, but truthfully, chronicles a fictional telling of his father, Melvin Van Peebles' attempt to make "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," modern black cinema's groundbreaking film, which was compulsory viewing for the Black Panthers and paved the way for countless black actors, filmmakers and film technicians. The Spike Lees, Ernest Dickersons, John Singletons and Wayanses owe a huge debt of gratitude to not only what Melvin accomplished 33 years ago, but also how he did it.

Mario Van Peebles' previous directorial efforts, "New Jack City" (1991), "Posse" (1993) and "Panther" (1995), showed potential, but were mired in clichés and turned out to be rather forgettable. That's not the case with "Baadasssss!"

This is an exciting, funny and moving film about one man's zeal to make the movie he wants to make. Melvin did not want to kowtow to studios and was fed up with how blacks were portrayed in Hollywood movies. So he set out to make a movie where the black man fought back, then went on the run and got away. And he did it with an ethnically diverse crew (which was unheard of then), many of whom knew little or nothing about movie-making.

"Baadasssss!" brilliantly illustrates Melvin's struggles, including pretending he was shooting a black porno film to hide his real intent from the crafts unions, running out of money, losing his vision in one eye and finding a distributor for "Sweet Sweetback."

Mario shows a deep sense of love and respect for his father's achievement. But Mario definitely doesn't sugarcoat his depiction of Melvin. The Melvin we see in this film is a driven, obsessive man who loves his friends and family deeply, but won't let anything or anyone stop his film, including the weekend jailing of his crew. Mario's reluctance about being forced to be in a "sex scene" in his dad's movie is one of the film's highlights. The moment works thanks to a nicely subdued and thoughtful performance by Khleo Thomas as the young Mario.

Mario Van Peebles and Dennis Haggerty penned a smart, energetic script. They add a nice undercurrent to the story by creating a father-son dynamic, which adds a layer of surprising depth to the story. Mario Van Peebles so completely immerses himself into the role of his father that we forget we're watching Mario play Melvin.

Where the script falters is in its over-reliance on voice-over narration used to to convey Melvin's thoughts. It works sometimes. But it also seems obtrusive. For instance, Melvin's thoughts about the contents of the props drawer aren't needed because we're smart enough to know how dangerous or funny it could have all turned out.

"Baadasssss!" is as much about Melvin's passion to make his influential film as it is about the importance of maintaining one's integrity. Just as Melvin didn't compromise his story, Mario, too, apparently held out and refused to compromise. Producers wanted him to make the film more acceptable to "a white audience" or toss in some hip-hop. But Mario didn't relent and made the film he wanted to make.

The paradox about this film about the making of a film is that while Mario's movie is technically and cinematic ally superior to Melvin's seminal film, "Baadasssss!" ultimately isn't as politically, socially or historically influential as the film it chronicles. Nevertheless, for anyone interested in movie-making, "Baadasssss!" is a must, along with the documentaries, "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" (1991) and "Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography" (1992). "Baadasssss!" is one of the best and most enjoyable films ever made about film-making.

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