Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song ()

Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (original title)
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After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.


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Hubert Scales ...
Sweetback / Kid (as Mario Peebles)
Max Van Peebles ...
Sweetback / Young
Old Girl Friend
Biker (as Johnny Amos)
Megan Van Peebles ...
Kid (as Megan Peebles)
Wesley Gale ...
(as West Gale)
Ted Hayden
Sonja Dunson
Michael Augustus
Niva Ruschell
Nick Ferrari
Peter Russell
Norman Fields
Ed Rue
Ron Prince
Steve Cole
Mikel Angel ...
(as Mike Angel)
Jeff Goodman
Curt Matson
Marria Evonee
Jon Jacobs
William Kirschner ...
(as Bill Kirschner)
Vincent Barbi
Chesley Noone ...
(as Chet Norris)
Joni Watkins
Jerry Days
John Allen
Bruce Adams
Brer Soul
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edson C. Kurose ...
Coronor (as Ed Kurose)
Woman (uncredited)

Directed by

Melvin Van Peebles

Written by

Melvin Van Peebles ... (written by)

Produced by

Jerry Gross ... producer
Melvin Van Peebles ... producer

Music by

Earth Wind & Fire
Melvin Van Peebles

Cinematography by

Robert Maxwell ... director of photography (as Bob Maxwell)

Editing by

Melvin Van Peebles

Editorial Department

Jeremy Hoenack ... assistant editor

Makeup Department

Nora Maxwell ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

Clyde Houston ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jose Garcia ... second unit director
Clyde Houston ... assistant director

Sound Department

John H. Newman ... sound editor (as John Newman)
Arthur Piantadosi ... dubbing (as Art Piantadosi)
Clark Will ... sound
Luke Wolfram ... sound editor

Special Effects by

Cliff Wenger ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Jose Garcia ... camera operator
Robert Maxwell ... camera operator (as Bob Maxwell)

Music Department

Earth Wind & Fire ... orchestrator (as Earth Wind and Fire)

Additional Crew

Chic Borland ... production assistant
Skip Karnas ... production assistant
Winfred Tennison ... production assistant
Priscilla Watts ... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Sweet Sweetback is a black orphan who, having grown up in a brothel, now works there as part of a sex show. When the police need a patsy for a murder in the black community, His employer gives him up to two white cops, whom he ends up killing. Suddenly the target of a massive manhunt, he decides to flee to Mexico. As he makes his way there, he is captured by, and escapes from, both the cops and a chapter of the Hell's Angels. Written by David Claydon

Plot Keywords
Taglines The Film that THE MAN doesn't want you to see! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sweet Sweetback (United States)
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (United States)
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (Canada, English title)
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (Singapore, English title)
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (United Kingdom)
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  • 97 min
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Budget $500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Melvin Van Peebles contracted gonorrhea from one of the actresses during filming of one of the sex scenes in the movie. He applied for compensation from the Directors Guild because he "got hurt on the job" and used the money to buy more film. See more »
Goofs The fire truck that appeared at the end of the car explosion was not originally supposed to appear. Due to a permit still not filed, the fire department was unaware and proceeded to appear unannounced. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Take 2: Movies That Changed the Movies (1979). See more »
Soundtracks Sweetback's Theme See more »
Crazy Credits After the movie a "warning" for the white community appears: "Watch out - a baad assss nigger is coming to collect some dues." See more »
Quotes Beetle: Like you gonna have to kinda lay out, stretch out a little while, be real cool. Kinda lay dead. Ol' Beetle'll let you know what's happenin', what's goin' down. You don't have to worry about nothin'. If you need anything, anything at all, brother, just keep the faith in Beetle, ol' Beetle goin' to bring you through, cause this is just a skirmish. You know how the game goes, baby. But you keep the faith in me and you my man. You my favorite man. Can you dig it, baby? Together, you know, maintain. They can't bother you as long as Beetle's with you. Now you go on and hibernate like that ol' bear and don't go nowhere, can you dig it? Yeah? Ha! Mellow. Go out the back door, now. Speed along and don't let nobody know where you at. Let sleeping dogs rest. You dig it, baby? Ha, ha, yeah.
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