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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.


Robert Shearer (based on an original screenplay by), Robert Hartford-Davis (from an original story by) | 1 more credit »




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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When the man comes up with mob violence it is time to Gunn him down! See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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One should wonder why Gunn finds a mens red long sleeve shirt with the words V.I.P. parking service on it in Ray Kriley's mothers. After Gunn beats up Kriley and his shirt is torn off during the fight. See more »


Out playing golf, Laurento (Stephen McNally) and Capelli (Martin Landau) are on the putting green and Laurento is lining up his putt while his bodyguard tends the pin. But he's clearly on a tee box, not a putting green. You can see the actual green off in the distance. You can also see divots golfers have made on this tee box they tried to pass off as a putting green. See more »


Gunn: Now ain't the time? When is the time!
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Referenced in Ethnic Notions (1986) 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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15 March 1973 (Sweden) See more »

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