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Black Jesus (1968)

Seduto alla sua destra (original title)
Rebel Maurice Lalubi is arrested by the military on trumped up charges and tortured, which turns him into a martyr. Inspired by the final days of the first democratic Congolese leader, Patrice Lumumba.

Director:

Valerio Zurlini

Writers:

Valerio Zurlini (story), Franco Brusati (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Woody Strode ... Maurice Lalubi
Franco Citti ... Oreste
Jean Servais ... Commander
Pier Paolo Capponi ... Officer
Stephen Forsyth ... Prisoner (as Stephen Forsyte)
Luciano Catenacci Luciano Catenacci ... Sergeant (as Luciano Lorcas)
Salvatore Basile ... (as Salvo Basile)
Giuseppe Transocchi Giuseppe Transocchi
Silvio Fiore Silvio Fiore
Renzo Rossi Renzo Rossi
Mirella Pamphili ... (as Mirella Panfili)
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Storyline

A Congo rebel leader is captured and imprisoned with two white felons in this 81-minute feature containing religious symbolism and condemnation of colonial exploitation. Maurice Lalubi is thrown in jail with a soldier and an Italian thief. The trio endures torture at the hands of their captors, while a newly formed military regime decides the fate of the insurgent. The entire horror of the confrontation is seen through his eyes throughout Lalubi's interrogation and torture. His imminent demise could turn him into a martyr and spell trouble for the new government dictator in this sometimes violent film. Written by Clint Weiler

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Taglines:

He who ain't with me--is AGAINST me.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Jesus See more »

Filming Locations:

Africa See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally planned as an episode of the collective movie Amore e rabbia (1969), it was eventually expanded to a feature length. See more »

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Referenced in Come of Age (1971) See more »

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I guess Black Jesus wasn't for me since I'm still trying to stay alert having just watched it
5 February 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this on YouTube. The title was enough to get me to watch but unfortunately, I found myself half-bored because of the slow pace of getting from one scene to another. As a possible result, half of me didn't know what was going on or why. I guess this film wasn't for me since I expected some quick action and an exciting music score and maybe some campy dialogue. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this movie wasn't very exciting to me. Woody Strode does have a presence and I did feel sorry for him when he was tortured but other than that, I just wasn't very excited. I really can't think of anything positive about this film. So on that note, beware of what to expect from Black Jesus.


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