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Five on the Black Hand Side (1973)

PG | | Comedy | 25 October 1973 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Oscar Williams

Writers:

Charlie L. Russell (screenplay), Charlie L. Russell (play)
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Godfrey Cambridge ... Self
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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The poster art is by MAD magazine artist Jack Davis. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Dolemite Is My Name (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

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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I like 5 on the black hand side
9 December 2018 | by mastuhoscgSee all my reviews

I like "5 on the black hand side" because it is a real cool movie from the past. I liked everything about the movie which were the studio(s), the theme song, the actors who starred on it & etc. I especially liked the humour in it which was really good through the jive talk & etc. I even watched this movie with my Mother whom was 8 when this film was released & I hafta tell you, Even though I was born 27 years, 49 days & a month after its release, I can still appreciate it. This film is so good that If I were to have a smartphone, computer or any other technological device, I'd stream it if it was available on any streaming service (e.g. Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, etc.). I give props to everybody who had something to do with this including United Artists, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Oscar Williams & etc.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$677,066
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Company Credits

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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