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Ganja & Hess (1973)

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After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor's assistant finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood.

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Bill Gunn

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Cast

Cast overview:
Duane Jones ... Dr. Hess Green
Marlene Clark ... Ganja Meda
Bill Gunn ... George Meda
Sam L. Waymon Sam L. Waymon ... Rev. Luther Williams (as Sam Waymon)
Leonard Jackson ... Archie
Candece Tarpley Candece Tarpley ... Girl in Bar
Richard Harrow Richard Harrow ... Dinner Guest
John Hoffmeister John Hoffmeister ... Jack Sargent
Betty Barney Betty Barney ... Singer in Church
Mabel King ... Queen of Myrthia
Betsy Thurman Betsy Thurman ... Poetess
Enrico Fales Enrico Fales ... Dr. Green's Son
Tommy Lane ... Pimp
Tara Fields Tara Fields ... Woman with Baby
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Storyline

Dr. Hess Green, an archaeologist overseeing an excavation at the ancient civilization of Myrthia, is stabbed by his research assistant, who then commits suicide. When Hess wakes up, he finds that his wounds have healed, but he now has an insatiable thirst for blood, due to the knife carrying ancient germs. Soon after, Hess meets his former assistant's wife, Ganja. Though Ganja is initially concerned about her missing husband, she soon falls for Hess. Though they are initially happy together, Ganja will eventually learn the truth about Hess, and about her husband. Will she survive the revelation? Will Hess? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

Bad blood runs between them. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Vampire See more »

Filming Locations:

Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,406, 3 June 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,037, 18 October 2018
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kelly/Jordan Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Dolby 2.0)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released theatrically several times by different distributors and under different titles. Initially released as "Ganja and Hess" by Kelly/Jordan Enterprises in 1973, it failed at the box-office and was then picked up by Heritage Enterprises. Heritage re-edited the film and released it under the title "Blood Couple" later that same year. This version included 15 minutes of footage not used in the original release print, despite being 33 minutes shorter overall, and was marketed as a blaxploitation film. This same cut was released to theaters by Goldstone Films as "Double Possession" in 1975. See more »

Quotes

Ganja Meda: [after becoming dependent on blood] Why am I always cold?
Dr. Hess Green: [quietly] I don't know.
Ganja Meda: Are you always cold?
Dr. Hess Green: Uh hm.
Ganja Meda: What have you done about it?
Dr. Hess Green: Grown used to it.
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Connections

References Tit for Tat (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
(uncredited)
By Johann Sebastian Bach
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DUANE JONES
21 January 2004 | by richard-IIISee all my reviews

GANJA AND HESS is indeed an offbeat film. It is interesting, because of it not wanting to be just a blaxploitation film of the seventies, but it has a looseness which often makes it wander around too much.

Otherwise it points its finger to African culture, which is a great theme that could be investigated more often.

Duane Jones is fascinating as ever, even he's made only so-and-so-much films. I originally came to see GANJA AND HESS because of Duane Jones' great performance in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.


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