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Black Samson (1974)

Noble nightclub owner Samson does his best to keep his neighborhood clean of crime and drugs. When vicious mobster Johnny Nappa tries to muscle in on Samson's territory, Samson takes a brave stand against Nappa and his flunkies.

Director:

Charles Bail

Writers:

Daniel Cady (story) (as Daniel B. Cady), Warren Hamilton Jr. (screenplay) (as Alfred Salimar)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rockne Tarkington ... Samson
William Smith ... Johnny Nappa
Connie Strickland Connie Strickland ... Tina
Carol Speed ... Leslie
Michael Payne Michael Payne ... Arthur
Joe Tornatore ... Harry
Titos Vandis ... Joseph Nappa
Napoleon Whiting ... Old Henry
John Alderman ... Michael Briggs
Fred Scheiwiller Fred Scheiwiller ... Charlie Frisco
Ernest Robinson ... Ragamuffin
Nick Dimitri ... Milo
Ken Bell Ken Bell ... C.T
Junero Jennings Junero Jennings ... Shine (as Jennero Jennings)
Marvin Walters Marvin Walters ... Junkie
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Storyline

Noble nightclub owner Samson does his best to keep his neighborhood clean of crime and drugs. When vicious mobster Johnny Nappa tries to muscle in on Samson's territory, Samson takes a brave stand against Nappa and his flunkies.

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If you mess with the 'hood, he'll mess with you! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Samson See more »

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Production Co:

Omni Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Much of inner-city backgrounds contain graffiti. It's fun to press pause and read it. It's not very authentic and appears to be painted by stage hands to poke fun at each other. Graffiti like "Paul Eats S---" and other messages are amusing. See more »

Quotes

[In Samson's Bar. Nappa's man are making trouble. Samson gets angry]
Samson: Just keep your people out of here!
Johnny Nappa: But you have a bar. You have a license. You have to serve anybody who comes in here, don't you?
Samson: [smiles] Yeah, but this is a lousy bar with lousy service!
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Black Samson
Words and Music by Allen Toussaint
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A Nightclub Owner's Attempt to Save His Neighborhood
26 October 2017 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

"Samson" (Rockne Tarkington) is the owner of a nightclub in a black part of Los Angeles who does his best to keep crime down and things under control. However, this doesn't please two rival criminal organizations-one white and the other black-from wanting to move in and take over. This is especially true for one particularly psychotic mobster named "Johnny Nappa" (William Smith) who refuses to heed Samson's warnings and simply won't take "no" for an answer--and things become quite tense after that. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a pretty good "blaxploitation" film in large part due to the performances of the aforementioned William Smith and Rockne Tarkington. Likewise, having a beautiful actress like Connie Strickland (as Johnny's girlfriend "Tina") certainly didn't hurt either. In any case, I thought this was a pretty good film and I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.


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