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Uptight (1968)

Black revolutionaries are betrayed by one of their own. Based on the 1935 classic, "The Informer."

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writers:

Jules Dassin (screenplay), Ruby Dee (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond St. Jacques ... B.G.
Ruby Dee ... Laurie
Frank Silvera ... Kyle
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Clarence
Julian Mayfield Julian Mayfield ... Tank
Janet MacLachlan ... Jeannie
Max Julien ... Johnny
Juanita Moore ... Mama Wells
Dick Anthony Williams ... Corbin (as Richard Williams)
Michael Baseleon ... Teddy
John Wesley ... Larry (as John Wesley Rodgers)
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Rick (as Jitu Cumbuka)
John Wesley Rodgers John Wesley Rodgers ... Larry
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Alma
Robert DoQui ... Street Speaker
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Black revolutionaries are betrayed by one of their own. Based on the 1935 classic, "The Informer."

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A man on the run. A life at stake. A people about to explode.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Up Tight See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marlukin See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer/director Jules Dassin wanted to remake The Informer (1935) with an all-black cast, set in inner-city America. The original Liam O'Flaherty story was based on the Irish rebellion against the English in the early 1920s. Dassin felt it mirrored black-white relations in the US in the 1960s. See more »

Connections

Version of The Informer (1935) See more »

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Johnny, I Love You
Written and performed by Booker T. Jones
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Like THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR this is a must see.
31 March 2008 | by mozliSee all my reviews

I remember this film seeing it as a child. It left a strong and vivid impression on me and may have contributed to my choosing a career in the performing arts. It would be later(much later) that I would find out how important Jules Dassin was to the world of cinema. I'm hoping that like Ivan Dixon's film will be transferred to DVD soon so that a new generation of fans can appreciate the artistry. Julian Mayfield didn't get the kind of support or backing that could have led to a rich and prolific career. Seeing that Ruby Dee's in the cast lets you know that this is not your average shoot-em-up. 1968 was such a watershed year. Even from the perspective of a 10 year old I sensed earth-shaking events were going on and this film is sort of a thumbnail etching of that time.


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