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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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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Cassidy: Mr. Gunn, we're not here to lean on anybody. But, this whole situation could make Watts look like Saturday night in Disneyland.
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Referenced in Gordon's War (1973) See more »

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Fun Blaxploitation
1 January 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Black Gunn (1972)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Fun blaxploitation film has Jim Brown playing Gunn, a club owner who has to seek revenge against the Mafia after they kill his younger brother. Gunn teams up with his brother's "Black Power" group and they try and locate the man (Martin Landau) responsible for the death. If you're a fan of blaxploitation then this here is going to offer enough to keep you entertained from start to finish. The story itself was pretty standard for this type of film but it's good enough to keep the film moving and Brown turns in a nice performance in the lead. I think the lead actor was always the most important thing to a film like this and Brown doesn't disappoint as he can kick enough ass to keep a smile on your face and deliver enough lines to make you laugh. Brown does get a more dramatic moment when he discovers his brother's dead body but this scene really doesn't work too well especially when he's crying with no tears. Bruce Glover adds a lot of fun as one of the racist Mafia guys and many will remember him from his roles in CHINATOWN and BIG BAD MAMA II (what a double feature that would be). Landau, years before his Oscar, does a decent job in his few scenes as the top dog. Vida Blue, who won the Cy Young award a year before making this, appears briefly as does other sports stars like Mike Thomas and Mike Bass. As normal for a film like this, there's all sorts of hysterical racist dialogue being screamed out with most of it dealing with watermelon but that just adds to the fun when Brown finally breaks them down. We also get all sorts of bloody violence with your expected shoot out at the end but the highlight remains the cool, laid back Brown doing his thing.

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