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Black Gunn (1972)

A black militant group robs a Mafia bookie joint and also steals the incriminating ledgers which, in turn, prompts retaliation from the mob.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Brown ... Gunn
Martin Landau ... Capelli
Brenda Sykes ... Judith
Luciana Paluzzi ... Toni
Vida Blue Vida Blue ... Sam Green
Stephen McNally ... Laurento
Keefe Brasselle ... Winman
Timothy Brown ... Larry
William Campbell ... Rico
Bernie Casey ... Seth
Gary Conway ... Adams
Chuck Daniel Chuck Daniel ... Mel
Tommy Davis Tommy Davis ... Webb
Rick Ferrell Rick Ferrell ... Jimpy
Bruce Glover ... Ray Kriley


A successful and popular nightclub owner who believes financial independence is the path to equality and success, must act as a go-between for militant-minded brother and the white gang syndicate hisbrother has attacked and robbed. Their involvements lead to a breathless race course chase, the destruction of a dopepusher and a violent waterfront climax. Written by Anonymous

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It's a life for a life when Black Gunn lays it on The Mob! See more »


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Release Date:

15 March 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunn la gachette See more »

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1.85 : 1
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In the movie, Gunn mentions that there was only one black senator. This is in reference to Edward Brooke, Republican Senator from Massachusetts, who served from January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1979. At the time the film was released, Brooke was only the third African-American Senator to serve in the U.S. Congress. He was the first one to be elected and serve since 1881. See more »


Ray Kriley: Well, look what broke out of the paddock? A couple of real hot black studs. Let me introduce myself. I'm taking a public opinion poll on whether we should reinstate slavery.
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Referenced in Old Dracula (1974) See more »

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Could you ever doubt Jim Brown?
30 April 2019 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Jim Brown once again shows us what screen presence is all about in this rather routine but enjoyable blaxploitation-action-melodrama. He plays the title character, who owns a club in L.A. One night, his younger brother Scott (Herbert Jefferson, Jr.), a member of a militant group, brings in the proceeds of a late night robbery, including some incriminating books; this brings down the wrath of the local mob. Before too long, Scott is dead and Gunn is therefore ripe for revenge.

The story is nothing special; it entertains solidly even if it's pretty predictable by and large. But director Robert Hartford-Davis (who went on to do "The Take" with Billy Dee Williams) handles a lot of this material with style. There's some eye candy on display (but no nudity), and the violence is potent all the way through the film. There's no shortage of slimy, reprehensible white villains to have fun booing; if nothing else, "Black Gunn" is enjoyable on a visceral level.

Brown is one cool customer, as so many of the best protagonists were in this sort of thing. You won't see him change his facial expression often, but you WILL see him take some lumps before this is over. However, as the primary nemesis, Martin Landau is almost thoroughly wasted, giving orders and throwing his weight around, but you never do see very much of the character.

Familiar faces scattered throughout the supporting cast also help to make it fun: Brenda Sykes (as Browns' gal pal), Luciana Paluzzi, Stephen McNally, Keefe Brasselle, Timothy Brown, William Campbell, Bernie Casey, Gary Conway, Tony Young, Jeannie Bell. The movie has a particularly strong role for Bruce Glover (of "Diamonds are Forever" fame) as a creepy white strong-arm man. He makes your skin crawl whenever he's on camera.

The dynamic cast and the equally dynamic soundtrack (composed by Tony Osborne) make this a most agreeable (if forgettable) way to kill an hour and 37 minutes.

Seven out of 10.

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