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Five on the Black Hand Side (1973)

In contrast to most of the violence-laden "blaxploitation" films of the period, this low-budget effort eschews exploitation for humanity and domestic drama. Leonard Jackson plays a barber ... See full summary »

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Oscar Williams

Writers:

Charlie L. Russell (screenplay), Charlie L. Russell (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Godfrey Cambridge ... Himself
Clarice Taylor ... Mrs. Brooks
Leonard Jackson ... Mr. Brooks
Virginia Capers ... Ruby
Glynn Turman ... Gideon
D'Urville Martin ... Booker T.
Dick Anthony Williams ... Preston (as Richard Williams)
Sonny Jim Gaines Sonny Jim Gaines ... Sweetmeat (as Sonny Jim)
Ja'net DuBois ... Stormy Monday
Bonnie Banfield Bonnie Banfield ... Gail
Frankie Crocker Frankie Crocker ... Rolls Royce
Tchaka Almoravids Tchaka Almoravids ... Fun Loving
Carl Franklin ... Marvin (as Carl Mikal Franklin)
Cal Wilson Cal Wilson ... Hasaan
Philomena Nowlin Philomena Nowlin ... Katheryn
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In contrast to most of the violence-laden "blaxploitation" films of the period, this low-budget effort eschews exploitation for humanity and domestic drama. Leonard Jackson plays a barber who is also the domineering head of a middle-class African American family. Jackson is forced to rethink his values when his previously docile wife joins their three children in rebelling against her husband's retrogressive behavior. Written by Anonymous

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You've been coffy-tized, blacula-rized and super-flied - but now you're gonna be glorified, unified and filled-with-pride... when you see "Five on the Black Hand Side"

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Five Hand Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Crazy Credits

"Five on the Black Hand Side" Written by H.B. Barnum See more »

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Featured in Disappearing Voices: The Decline of Black Radio (2008) See more »

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Five on the Black Hand Side
Music by H.B. Barnum (uncredited)
Lyrics by H.B. Barnum (uncredited), James D. Cobbin (uncredited), Mexie Marlowe (uncredited), Ronald L. Murray (uncredited) and Jay Wilson (uncredited)
Performed by Keisa Brown and Prime Cut
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all in the other kind of family
15 November 2013 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The blaxploitation genre continued with Oscar Williams's "Five on the Black Hand Side", based on a play by the recently deceased Charlie L. Russell. Watching it I was reminded of "All in the Family": the old-school patriarch, the mousy mom, and the rebellious offspring. While the plot centers on the mom's finally standing up to her domineering husband, there's more. A truly outstanding scene takes place in the dad's barbershop. One of the patrons recites some poetry that sounds like comedic rap! The overall point is that this is one enjoyable movie. Every blaxploitation movie that I've seen has been fun, but this one manages to be so without a bunch of high action. It's all about the humor, and it's a flick that you just gotta love.

PS: producer Brock Peters did background vocals on Harry Belafonte's "Day-O" and most notably played Gregory Peck's client in "To Kill a Mockingbird".


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