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Black Dynamite (2009)

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Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Applegate ...
Aunt Billy
Osiris (as Obba Babatunde)
Captain Yancy
Troy Lindsey Brown ...
Kid #1
Fredella Calloway ...
Cheryl Carter ...
Black Dynamite's Mother
Juka Ceesay ...
Valet Girl (as Juka Cesay)
Nicholas Earley ...
Neighborhood Kid
Soul Brother (as Jason Jack Edwards)
Jon Kent Ethridge ...
Mary Evans ...
Woman at table


This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House.. Written by Anonymous

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He's super bad. He's outta sight. He's... See more »


Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 January 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Black Dynamite - yhden miehen armeija  »

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Box Office


$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$131,862 (USA) (16 October 2009)


$228,477 (USA) (23 October 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Best Spoof since the 80's ZAZ glory days!
18 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is what "Undercover Brother" and "Grindhouse" (minus the 'phony' trailers) wished they could have been but weren't: a tribute to a dismissed period of cinema that feels like it belongs (and comes from) its era.

But this isn't just a collection of random jokes or stabs at blaxploitation genre clichés without rhyme or reason. There is an actual story (convoluted and non-sensical but it's there, and even allows long scenes that advance the plot to unfold without a single obvious joke), there are real characters (over-the-top and cliché' but not two-dimensional walking cardboards) and there are action/fighting scenes (enhanced via the same seamless green screen/CG technology used in "Kung-Pow" a few years back) that make this an actual blaxpoitation movie that just happens to be funny because it's being so true and respectful to the genre it represents. Michael Jai White looks and inhabits his lead role like he stepped out of the 1970's; it's the best casting for a movie since Christopher Reeve got the Superman/Clark Kent role, and I'm not kidding. Supporting actors really get into their blaxpoitation roles (Arsenio Hall and Tommy Davidson are hilarious in too-brief cameos) but they don't overplay their OTT personalities or overstay their welcome. The way "Black Dynamite" gets around its 'R' rating to sneak in a graphic sex scene is not only genius but ties directly with the movie's best scene in which the 'heroes' crack the code in a cafeteria. And the orphanage scene has to be seen to be believed. :-P Only the overblown finale that pushes things way past the breaking point (think "Shoot 'Em Up" and yes, it's that big a misfire) betrays the cinematic illusion that this is a 70's flick that's been rotting in a vault somewhere.

I got my $12.50's worth and will gladly wait for the DVD because I'm sure there's a joke or two I missed. The one's that hit the mark are hilarious though. Don't listen to the DVD Talk reviewer on this one (they're usually right but this time he's way off), "Black Dynamite" is a winnah!

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