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Director:
Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
13 January 2010 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
He's super bad. He's outta sight. He's... See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Phyllis Applegate ... Aunt Billy

Obba Babatundé ... Osiris (as Obba Babatunde)

William Bassett ... Captain Yancy
Troy Lindsey Brown ... Kid #1
Fredella Calloway ... Waitress
Cheryl Carter ... Black Dynamite's Mother
Juka Ceesay ... Valet Girl (as Juka Cesay)

Kevin Chapman ... O'Leary

Tommy Davidson ... Cream Corn

Lucky Davis ... Paperboy
Nicholas Earley ... Neighborhood Kid

Richard Edson ... Dino

Jason Jack Edwards ... Soul Brother (as Jason Jack Edwards)
Jon Kent Ethridge ... 12 year old Black Dynamite
Mary Evans ... Woman at table
Cory Gluck ... 16 year old Jimmy

Dionne Gipson ... Afroditey

Arsenio Hall ... Tasty Freeze
Paul Hayes ... Doctor
Darrel Heath ... Militant 2
Erika Vution ... Black Chick (as Ashli R. Jackson)
Justine Joli ... White Woman Swimming
Izetta Karp ... Granny

Irwin Keyes ... Henchman

John Kerry ... Chief

Charmane Star ... Asian Chick (as Sheryn Lascano)
Daniel Leavitt ... Teasing Boy #1

Buddy Lewis ... Gunsmoke

Neil Lewis ... 18 year old Black Dynamite
Buddy Love ... Drug Dealing Pimp

Brian McKnight ... Sweet Meat
James McManus ... Richard Nixon

Byron Minns ... Bullhorn

Phil Morris ... Saheed

Jessica Moreno ... Dumb Broad #1
Joy Mulligan ... Nurse
Tumani Nicole ... Brikwilla

Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Mo Bitches (as Miguel Nunez)
Victor Orlando ... Club M.C.

Nicole Ari Parker ... Mahogany Black

Damion Poitier ... Thug #2 (as Damian Poitier)
Candace Rice ... Shawanda

Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Gloria

John Salley ... Kotex
Akhir Shabazz Regains ... Freddie

Tucker Smallwood ... Congressman Monroe James
Edwina Snowden ... Black Chick #2
Brittney Sorensen ... White Chick

Chris Spencer ... Militant 1

Mike Starr ... Rafelli

Larnell Stovall ... Thug #1

Nicole Sullivan ... Patricia Nixon

Nakia Secrest ... Euphoria (as Nakia Syvonne)
Ben Tan ... Kid #2

Paul Taylor ... Pretty Terry

Al Vicente ... Capo

Baron Vaughn ... Jimmy

Jimmy Walker Jr. ... Roscoe (as Jimmy Walker Jr)

Michael Jai White ... Black Dynamite

Kym Whitley ... Honey Bee

Lee Whittaker ... Donut Man

Billy 'Sly' Williams ... Willy Sly (as Billy Sly Williams)

Mykelti Williamson ... Chicago Wind

Bokeem Woodbine ... Black Hand Jack

Cedric Yarbrough ... Chocolate Giddy-Up
Andre Younge ... Reggie

Roger Yuan ... Fiendish Dr. Wu
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pete Antico ... Abraham Lincoln (uncredited)
Sorana Black ... Disguised Waitress #1 (uncredited)

Sean Christopher ... Nipsy (uncredited)

Andray Johnson ... Karate Instructor (uncredited)

Lauren Mary Kim ... Hoe (uncredited)

Jesse Lewis IV ... Militant #3 (uncredited)
Alexis McCombs ... Hooker (uncredited)

K.J. Middlebrooks ... Pimp in barbershop (uncredited)
Kevin Murry ... Nipsy's neighbor (uncredited)
Loren Oden ... Leon St. James (uncredited)

Garen Petrossian ... Goon 3 (uncredited)

John Rhymes ... Suga Pimp (uncredited)
Charlotte Stokely ... White Chick #2 (uncredited)
Poco Zocko ... Goon (uncredited)

Directed by
Scott Sanders 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Jai White (screenplay) &
Byron Minns (screenplay) &
Scott Sanders (screenplay)

Michael Jai White (story) &
Byron Minns (story)

Produced by
Jillian Apfelbaum .... co-producer
Deanna Berkeley .... executive producer
James Berkeley .... executive producer
Charla Driver .... line producer
Alison Engel .... co-producer
Nathan Funk .... co-producer
Trevor Funk .... co-producer
Intesar Haider .... associate producer
Seth Harrison .... co-producer
Matt Richards .... co-producer
Jenna Segal .... co-producer
Paul Segal .... co-producer
Jenny Wiener Steingart .... producer
Jon Steingart .... producer
 
Original Music by
Adrian Younge 
 
Cinematography by
Shawn Maurer 
 
Film Editing by
Adrian Younge 
 
Casting by
Jason James 
Rick Montgomery 
 
Production Design by
Denise Pizzini 
 
Set Decoration by
Antonia Nunez 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
 
Makeup Department
Tena Austin .... key makeup artist
Kali Balugo .... key makeup artist
Randi Mavestrand .... additional makeup artist
Valerie Nelson .... additional hair stylist
Cole Patterson .... additional makeup artist
Allen Payne .... additional hair stylist (as Al Payne)
Charles Gregory Ross .... hair department head
Yvette Shelton .... key hair stylist
Laini Thompson .... makeup department head
Megan Weems .... additional hair stylist
 
Production Management
Tessa Lyn Stephenson .... unit production manager: additional photography
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cristi Rickey .... second second assistant director
Chad Rosen .... first assistant director
Tessa Lyn Stephenson .... second assistant director
Ron Yuan .... action director
Ron Yuan .... second unit director
 
Art Department
A.J. Chatem .... propmaker foreman
Davin Cheng .... storyboard artist
Derek Dean .... set dresser
Ethan Goodwin .... set decoration buyer
Laura M. Guzik .... art department coordinator
Kevin 'Chevy' Martinez .... set dresser
Joyce Yeich .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
David Barber .... re-recording mixer
David Barber .... sound editor
Melissa Bylsma .... sound coordinator
Trevor Dowswell .... sound coordinator
John Evans .... boom operator
Sara Glaser .... sound mixer
Sean Gray .... sound designer
Sean Gray .... sound effects editor
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Steve Morantz .... production sound mixer: additional photography
Richard Ragon .... second unit sound mixer
George Wymenga .... sound utility
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Adler .... visual effects supervisor
Ko Eun Koni Jung .... visual effects
Seo Jungwook .... research and development
Jason Madigan .... technical director
Sunny Sung-Yong Park .... visual effects (as Sungyong Park)
Sadie D. Johnson .... digital project manager (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tsuyoshi Abe .... stunt player
Pete Antico .... stunt player
Clayton J. Barber .... stunt player (as Clayton Barber)
Fernando Chien .... stunt player
Arnold Chon .... stunt player
Sean Christopher .... stunt player
David Chan Cordeiro .... stunt player (as David Cordeiro)
Gary Daniels .... stunt player
Christopher Donton .... action consultant
Roel Failma .... stunt player
Clay Donahue Fontenot .... stunt player (as Clay Fontenot)
Precious Jenkins .... stunt player (as Preshas Jenkins)
Lauren Mary Kim .... stunt player (as Lauren Kim)
Henry Kingi .... stunt player
Luke LaFontaine .... stunt player
Will Leong .... stunt player (as Leong William)
James Lew .... stunt player
Michael Li .... stunt player
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunt player (as Jalil Lynch)
Panuvat Anthony Nanakornpanom .... stunt player
Norb Phillips .... stunt player (as Norbert Phillips)
Damion Poitier .... stunt player
Jeff Pruitt .... stunt player
Simon Rhee .... stunt player
Buddy Sosthand .... stunt player
Larnell Stovall .... stunt player
Jen Sung .... stunt player (as Jen Sun Outerbridge)
Jake Swallow .... stunt player
C.C. Taylor .... stunt player
Steve Upton .... stunt player
David Wald .... stunt player
Lee Whittaker .... stunts (as Lee Whitaker)
Mike Wilson .... assistant fight coordinator (as Michael Wilson)
Mike Wilson .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Michael Wilson)
Mike Wilson .... stunt player (as Michael Wilson)
Kerry Wong .... assistant fight coordinator
Kerry Wong .... assistant stunt coordinator
Kerry Wong .... stunt player
Roger Yuan .... co-fight coordinator
Ron Yuan .... action director
Ron Yuan .... fight coordinator
Ron Yuan .... stunt coordinator
Robbie Alexander .... stunt double: Michael Jai White (uncredited)
Troy Lindsay Brown .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Precious Jenkins .... stunt double: Tommy Davidson (uncredited)
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunt double (uncredited)
James LeQuang .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Michael Li .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Panuvat Anthony Nanakornpanom .... stunt double: Phil Morris (uncredited)
Larnell Stovall .... stunt double (uncredited)
Steve Upton .... stunt rigging coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Benjamin Agee .... electrician
Darwin Montana Browne .... key grip
Robert Forrest .... film loader
Prashant Gupta .... still photographer
Jeremy Launais .... gaffer
Luis Lopez DeVictoria .... best boy grip
Frank Sun .... additional photographer
Gregg Thompson .... grip
Gregg Williams .... camera operator
Ramian E. Williams .... set lighting technician
 
Animation Department
Greg Franklin .... animation director (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Rich King .... extras casting
Mac Marshall .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pierre Ciofassa .... set costumer
Megan Coates .... set costumer
Elaine McGhee .... key costumer
Kara Stanford .... key set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Craig Alpert .... special consultant
John S. Nash .... on-line editor (as John Nash)
Mike Sowa .... digital intermediate color timer
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (uncredited)
Valance Eisleben .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Nick Bergthold .... location assistant
Frank Pinnock .... location consultant
 
Music Department
Brian Bennett .... composer: stock music
Syd Dale .... composer: stock music
David Gold .... composer: stock music
Steve Gray .... composer: stock music
Alan Hawkshaw .... composer: stock music
Clive Hicks .... composer: stock music
David Hollander .... music supervisor
Keith Mansfield .... composer: stock music
Johnny Pearson .... composer: stock music
David Snell .... composer: stock music
Alan Tew .... composer: stock music
 
Transportation Department
Joey Banks .... transportation captain
Billy Colbert .... transportation coordinator
Tim Farrands .... driver
Javier Jimenez .... driver
Reese Lane .... driver
William Majik .... driver
Peter Ortega .... driver
Joey Rivera .... driver
Craig Walendy .... driver
 
Other crew
Craig Alpert .... special consultant
Matt Baker .... key production assistant
Susan Bambara .... additional script supervisor
Ben Feldman .... production legal services
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (as Mariah Breitel)
Paula Killen .... office production assistant
Derick LaSalla .... assistant production coordinator
Angela Mak .... production legal services
Felisha N. Grice Pedersen .... production assistant (as Felisha N. Grice)
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... production accountant
Anna Rosenbaum .... assistant to producer
Stella Rubin .... production accountant
Tim Shuler .... office production coordinator
Jennifer Spencer .... production assistant
Mike Tristano .... weapons supplier
 
Thanks
Norwood Cheek .... special thanks
Peyton Reed .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language, some violence and drug content
Runtime:
84 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (DVD rating) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:16 | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/16 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45443)

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Trivia:
Roscoe's fictitious "Chili and Donuts" is a play on the real-life Roscoe's "House of Chicken and Waffles".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The area code for Topeka, Kansas didn't become 785 until 1996.See more »
Quotes:
[Black Dynamite and his gang break into Gunsmoke's apartment and discover him in shock after seeing his penis shrunk]
Black Dynamite:Anaconda Malt Liquor gives you a little dick! Should we kill him?
Bullhorn:[Pulls out his gun and points it at Gunsmoke] Man, do you want to live? I said, do you want to go on?
[Bullhorn shoots Gunsmoke to end his misery]
Bullhorn:Man, this time, these crackers have gone too far!
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39 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
See Black Dynamite, you jive turkeys!, 15 November 2009
Author: chrismsawin from United States

Black Dynamite has quite a reputation as just about every article or review that mentioned the film gave it high praise. Is it possible for a film to be incredible while paying homage to the films that inspired it? Sure it is. Directors like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez make a living doing just that. With Black Dynamite, however, you may not know what to expect. Expect it to parody the blaxploitation films from the 70s, pay homage to classic kung-fu films, have ridiculous dialogue, a storyline that hilariously doesn't make sense, and have a funky soundtrack with lyrics that are just as awesome as the rest of the film.

Michael Jai White is really the selling point of the film since he is Black Dynamite and you're with him the entire film. I hadn't seen much of White's work before this, but I'm definitely wanting to see more now. His fight scenes are top notch and from what I could tell, it looked like he did the majority of his own stunts. The word I've been hearing is that he's a fairly impressive actor overall, but has just never really picked the right roles and never really broke into the mainstream. Maybe after playing Gambol in The Dark Knight helped him out a bit because he definitely has a bright future as not only an action star, but an actor as well. Other than his superb martial arts work, White's comedic timing is also really important in a film like this and it really pays off. There's a scene where a boom mic is noticeably in the shot while Black Dynamite is giving a big speech. He draws attention to it by repeatedly glaring at the mic throughout the scene, but doesn't miss a beat of the dialogue. Ridiculous scenes like that were crucial in the overall enjoyment factor of the film.

The dialogue is laugh out loud funny at times. There's a scene where the CIA show up at Black Dynamite's house and Agent O'Leary says to Black Dynamite, "We heard about your brother's death and we don't want you running around turning the streets into rivers of blood." Black Dynamite responds with, "Then tell me who did it and I'll just leave a puddle." The storyline is just as absurd, as well. Other than the film missing scenes that were shown in the trailer and things not fully being resolved with Vincent "The Don" Rafelli, the scene where Black Dynamite and his crew figure out what Anaconda malt liquor's true purpose is is both hilariously long-winded and confusing.

Black Dynamite may not be for everyone, but it will be hilariously awesome for most who actually get to see it. The film somehow manages to blend comedy as absurd and ridiculous as films like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy or Zoolander and have hard hitting action scenes that are noticeably a tribute to classic Bruce Lee films. This blaxploitation parody comes highly recommended, can you dig it?

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