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Black Dynamite -- An all-star cast led by Michael Jai White is featured in this 1970's-style blaxploitation action film about the legendary super crime fighter "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..
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.

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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
13 January 2010 (France) See more »
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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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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 .... sound editor
David Barber .... sound re-recording mixer
Melissa Bylsma .... sound coordinator
Trevor Dowswell .... sound coordinator
John Evans .... boom operator
Sara Evans .... sound mixer (as Sara Glaser)
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Michael Jai White has stated he was not just playing Black Dynamite, but also the actor playing Black Dynamte. The actor, Ferrante Jones, was a running back for the Baltimore Colts whose career ended due to a broken neck. If you pay attention you'll notice that Black Dynamite has a hard time turning his neck to one side. This is because of Jones' neck injury.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In another nod to blaxploitation films, when Black Dynamite enters Jimmy's apartment finding it ransacked and is attacked by the Heavy Hitters; Black Dynamite fires eighteen shots from a six shot revolver.See more »
Quotes:
Black Dynamite:Hey lil' mama, it may be bigger than you, and it may be bigger than me, but it ain't bigger than you AND me, can you dig it?See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Disco Godfather (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Detectives Link 3See more »

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56 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
Listen up turkey! Black Dynamite is the baddest movie to ever hit the big screen!, 26 October 2009
Author: crazytrain89 from Chicago, IL

All you suckas gather round, there's a brand new movie in town! So get on up and check the scene cause Black Dynamite is the baddest movie to ever hit the big screen! Black Dynamite, directed by Scott Sanders (Thick as Thieves), is a fun and ridiculous throwback to all of the great blaxploitation films of the 1970's. Paying homage to such great films as Shaft, Dolemite, Coffy, and more.

The movie centers around Black Dynamite, an ex-C.I.A. Agent / Vietnam Vet / Kung-Fu Master / Pimp / Everyday Bad Ass, who is pulled back in the game when the mob kills his brother and puts the dope on the streets. So Black Dynamite is forced to take down the mob and clean up the ghetto. On his quest for vengeance we discover that the treachery runs far deeper then we ever could imagine. Black Dynamite must take his fight from the streets all the way to the top, even if that means taking on The Man himself in the white halls of the Honky House.

The film is not only an homage to the stories and themes of blaxploitation films, but also how they where made and the culture behind the genre in a whole. Top-notch crews with million dollar budgets never made these types of movies. Often blaxploitation films, like any other exploitation genre of the 70's, were filled with botched shots, boom mics, and stiff acting. From the beginning all exploitation films existed simply to sell tickets and make money. Usually, for the audience, this meant a poster that was far more exciting then the movie itself. Despite that fact Black Dynamite definitely delivers on what it advertises. The film is able to use all of these unfortunate elements intentionally and create subtle and at times not so subtle laughs. A good example of this is a scene early on in the film where Black Dynamite is giving a long monologue and a boom mic pops in the shot just above his head. As the scene plays out the cameraman even attempts to adjust the shot to try and hide the mic, possibly making it worse. Dynamite continues on with his speech as if nothings wrong, until he's almost finished and he quickly glances at it, then he proceeds to finish as if he's seen noting at all.

The key factor about all of these gags is that all of the actors/characters play it completely straight from beginning to end without skipping a beat. This is a spoof, in the vein of films like Young Frankenstein or Airplane!, that doesn't let the cast in on the joke. The movie plays out as if it's your typical 70's revenge flick. So you end up feeling as if the film was just unearthed after being lost for thirty years or so and you accept it. In the end this is what keeps the movie fresh and the audience wanting more. Most spoof movies that go in the other direction, ending up with a movie filled with a series of gags that feel contrived and completely take you out of the movie (see Disaster Movie or Meet the Spartans). Here you're with Black Dynamite all they way to the end no matter what.

The cast of characters in the film might even be crazier then the films itself. With names like Cream Corn (Tommy Davidson), Chocolate Giddy-Up (Cedric Yarbrough), and Tasty Freeze (Arsenio Hall) you know you're in for a wild ride. All the supporting characters feel authentic and bring much needed humor to a world filled with kung-Fu treachery and smack addicted orphans. Though, when it comes down to it this is a one-man show and Michael Jai White, who is also a co-writer on the film, gives an outstanding performance as our main man Black Dynamite. In order for this movie to work Black Dynamite needed to live up to the hype it created. Like the trailer says, "he's tougher then Shaft, Superfly, and the Mack all put together". White definitely pulls it off; creating a character that you love and believe without a doubt could take King Kong in a fistfight and not even break a sweat. White really shines in this movie and I hope it leads to more leading roles for him.

One last thing that can't be overlooked about this film is the soundtrack by Adrian Younge, who came out of nowhere and created a very convincing 1970's soundtrack. The best thing about the soundtrack is that it feels vintage fitting right in with similar soundtracks from the 70's, but at the same time remains fresh and doesn't seem to rip-off anything specific. He hits all the right notes and keeps true to that retro 70's beat. The majority of films today wish they had a soundtrack half as good as Black Dynamite.

If you enjoy the exploitation films of the 70's or movies like Army of Darkness and Grindhouse you're going to love this movie. Though if you're a film-goer who can't stand movies with a ridiculous premise you'll want to avoid this one, but for those that do your going to have a blast. Unfortunately Black Dynamite has only opened in a few cities so far keep an eye out for it, hopefully it will get a wider release in the weeks to come. This is definitely one of those movies that benefits from viewing it with an audience so if it's in your town be sure to run out and see it. Can you dig it?

Recommended Flicks: Shaft (1971) | Dolemite (1975) | Truck Turner (1974) | Coffy (1973) | Hammer (1972) | Magnum Force (1973) | The Last Dragon (1985) | I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) | Enter the Dragon (1973)

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