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Black Dynamite -- An outrageous action comedy-spoof following the exploits of an ex-CIA agent (Michael Jai White) and full-time ladies man out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps and The Man.
Black Dynamite -- A 1970s-set story of a man's mission to fight drugs, crime, and injustice from his city's streets, all the way to the Honky House.
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Black Dynamite -- A 1970s-set story of a man's mission to fight drugs, crime, and injustice from his city's streets, all the way to the Honky House.

Overview

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
13 January 2010 (France) See more »
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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 »
Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Best spoof since airplane! See more (76 total) »

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
T.J. 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)

Garen Petrossian ... Goon 3 (uncredited)

John Rhymes ... Suga Pimp (uncredited)
Charlotte Stokely ... White Chick #2 (uncredited)
Poco Zocko ... Goon (uncredited)
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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 .... sound editor
David Barber .... sound re-recording mixer
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 .... stunts
Robbie Alexander .... stunt double: Michael Jai White
Pete Antico .... stunt performer
Clayton J. Barber .... stunts (as Clayton Barber)
Troy Lindsay Brown .... stunt performer
Fernando Chien .... stunts
Arnold Chon .... stunts
Sean Christopher .... stunts
David Chan Cordeiro .... stunts (as David Cordeiro)
Gary Daniels .... stunts
Roel Failma .... stunts
Clay Donahue Fontenot .... stunts (as Clay Fontenot)
Precious Garrett .... stunt double: Tommy Davidson
Precious Garrett .... stunts (as Preshas Jenkins)
Lauren Mary Kim .... stunts (as Lauren Kim)
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunt double (as Henri Kingi)
Luke LaFontaine .... stunts
Will Leong .... stunt performer (as Leong William)
James LeQuang .... stunt performer
James Lew .... stunts
Michael Li .... stunt rigger
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts (as Jalil Lynch)
Panuvat Anthony Nanakornpanom .... stunt double: Phil Morris (as Anthony Nanakornpanom)
Norb Phillips .... stunts (as Norbert Phillips)
Damion Poitier .... stunts
Jeff Pruitt .... stunts
Simon Rhee .... stunts
Buddy Sosthand .... stunts
Larnell Stovall .... stunt double
Jen Sung .... stunts (as Jen Sun Outerbridge)
Jake Swallow .... stunts
C.C. Taylor .... stunts
Steve Upton .... stunt rigging coordinator
David Wald .... stunts
Lee Whittaker .... stunts (as Lee Whitaker)
Mike Wilson .... assistant fight choreographer
Mike Wilson .... assistant stunt coordinator
Kerry Wong .... assistant fight choreographer
Kerry Wong .... assistant stunt coordinator
Roger Yuan .... fight choreographer
Ron Yuan .... action director
Ron Yuan .... fight coordinator
Ron Yuan .... stunt coordinator
 
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 Nash .... on-line editor
Mike Sowa .... digital intermediate color timer
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (uncredited)
Valance Eisleben .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
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
Nick Bergthold .... location assistant
Ben Feldman .... production legal services
Felisha N. Grice .... production assistant
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (as Mariah Breitel)
Paula Killen .... office production assistant
Derick LaSalla .... assistant production coordinator
Angela Mak .... production legal services
Frank Pinnock .... location consultant
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:MA | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
James McManus practiced using the nunchuks six hours a day to prepare for his role.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The area code for Topeka, Kansas didn't become 785 until 1996.See more »
Quotes:
Fiendish Dr. Wu:You should try the Wu family Red Silk kung fu.
[Fiendish Dr. Wu shows off his moves. Black Dynamite responds by showing off moves of his own]
Black Dynamite:Black Dynamite Panther Fist!
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs The Mack (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Detectives Link 3See more »

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132 out of 165 people found the following review useful.
Best spoof since airplane!, 20 June 2009
Author: leeroy321 from United Kingdom

This film reduced me to tears of laughter. I've just returned home from seeing it at the Edinburgh film festival and can honestly say this is one of the best movies i've seen this year. I could just list all of the best bits of the movie in this review, but i'd rather you all just went to see it for yourselves.

As a parody/homage of the blaxploitation movies of the 70's, this is perfect. If I didn't know better, i'd think this was actually made in the 70's. Its full of cool little details, the decor, the fashion, the hair styles, the Isaac Hayes/Curtis mayfield style music that details the plot in the lyrics (sometimes scene specific), the grainy picture and the intentionally dodgy camera-work, crash zooms, boom mics in shot etc. During the fight scenes, Michael jai white's kung fu yell is a spot on impersonation of Jim Kelly's (he of Enter the Dragon fame).

Like all the best spoofs, all the actors play it completely straight. White is perfectly cast as Black Dynamite, and if there is any justice in the world, this movie will make him a star. I can almost imagine Samuel L playing this part, but I doubt he could have played it as well as white did. The scene that crystallised his performance for me, was when, during a long speech, a boom mic pops in to shot right next to his face. During the scene, the cameraman is continually trying to adjust the shot to hide the mic. Dynamite continues with his speech as if nothing is going on, but just before he is finished talking, he quickly glances at it, then finishes his speech. The way he plays it is perfect and had everyone in the cinema in fits of laughter.

I said earlier that this is the best spoof since airplane, but I actually think this may be better. In airplane, the jokes were quickfire, but hit and miss, but in black dynamite, every joke hits its mark, and its just as quickfire as airplane. The tone is set pretty quick ( when an undercover agent is caught out cos he cant talk jive properly) and doesn't let up until the credits have rolled. I was still laughing hours after I left the cinema just thinking about it.

Watching this made me wonder how the Austin powers films were such big hits. They were a similar kind of parody but nowhere near as funny, and at the end of the day, aside from a couple of amusing cameos, a one man show (and not a very good one at that). If this doesn't at least do Austin powers numbers, I will be very disappointed, as it deserves the success. Very rarely does a film make me laugh so hard I cry, and this movie did it several times, and its not just me, I think everyone in the cinema had the same experience. Go and see this first chance you get, I cant recommend it enough.

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