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Melinda (1972)

A slick, smooth-talking, womanizing young black DJ falls hard for an enigmatic woman he's just met. Things take a turn for the worse, when she is found dead in his apartment. It turns out ... See full summary »

Director:

Hugh A. Robertson

Writers:

Lonne Elder III (screenplay), Raymond Cistheri (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Calvin Lockhart ... Frankie J. Parker
Rosalind Cash ... Terry Davis
Vonetta McGee ... Melinda
Paul Stevens ... Mitch
Rockne Tarkington ... Tank
Ross Hagen ... Gregg Van
Renny Roker Renny Roker ... Dennis Smith
Judyann Elder ... Gloria
Jim Kelly ... Charles Atkins
Jan Tice Jan Tice ... Marcia
Lonne Elder III Lonne Elder III ... Lt. Daniels (as Lonne Elder)
Ed Cambridge ... Detective (as Edmund Cambridge)
George Fisher ... Young Man
Buddy Joe Hooker ... Rome's Servant
Allen Pinson Allen Pinson ... Rome
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A slick, smooth-talking, womanizing young black DJ falls hard for an enigmatic woman he's just met. Things take a turn for the worse, when she is found dead in his apartment. It turns out she was killed by the local mob, which is trying to frame him for the crime. With the police after him, he calls on some of his old acquaintances to help clear his name and avenge the woman's death. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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YOUR kind of black film See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Film debut of Jim Kelly. NOTE: Rockne Tarkington, who plays Tank, was originally cast to play "Williams" in Enter the Dragon (1973). However, the part ultimately went to Kelly and jump-started his career. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »

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Melinda
Music by Jerry Butler, Lyrics by Jerry Peters
Produced by Jerry Butler, Arranged by Jerry Peters
Performed by Jerry Butler
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Melinda
22 May 2007 | by gentkSee all my reviews

of all the blaxplotation films in the 70's, Melinda ranks on my list with Shaft, Superfly, Trouble Man, Cotton comes to Harlem, and such like. i had'nt seen it since 1974 maybe, and have been looking for it for more than 30 years. finally, i found it in San Francisco. the DVD was a good print although you knew it was as old as it is/was. Calvin Lockhart was brilliant as the narcissistic Frankie J Parker, and Rosiland Cash's role of Terry, displayed the strength and resolve of a strong Black woman of the time. violent and dark, with a hint of mystery and overloaded with the rage of revenge, Melinda was a thriller. as i watched again, for the first time, the lines all came back and i can remember how many of Lockhart's lines, i began using. incredible how influential movies can be to a 20year old African-American in the 70's.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hang Tough See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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