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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 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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One brother's war against the Man. 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 »

Company Credits

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

Rockne Tarkington and William Smith were the original actors intended to play the characters Williams and Roper in Enter the Dragon (1973). 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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Connections

Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Samson
Words and Music by Allen Toussaint
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A Film of Deceptive Misery
28 April 2011 | by toiletfleetSee all my reviews

Regardless of your views on the nature of blaxploitation films themselves, the average viewer expects silly one-liners, comically inept and invariably racist antagonists, and a breezy plot which allows for the genre tropes to star. Black Samson offers virtually none of these, and instead presents you with ceaseless cruelty.

The film starts out looking like another fun-to-watch-with-friends romp, but quickly takes an ever-dark and ever-sadistic turn and never once looks back. Gone are the cartoonish racist villains; instead, we have believable, human monsters that exude hate (kudos to the actors, but unfortunately in the wrong genre for such savagery). Gone is the lighthearted pacing and tempo; instead, we have a story that plays more like a Greek tragedy. Where you'd normally find comic vehicles, instead scenes play out as if from a snuff film.

Black Samson is not a bad film by any means; if anything, it's one of the most sincere efforts of cinema normally attached to the blaxploitation era. However, those looking to goof on a film might find themselves sorely disappointed in how human and bruised the characters are presented.


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