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Coonskin (1975)

Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.

Director:

Ralph Bakshi

Writer:

Ralph Bakshi
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Cast

Cast overview:
Barry White ... Samson / Brother Bear (voice)
Charles Gordone Charles Gordone ... Preacherman / Preacher Fox (voice)
Scatman Crothers ... Pappy / Old Man Bone (voice) (as Scat Man Crothers)
Philip Michael Thomas ... Randy / Brother Rabbit (voice) (as Philip Thomas)
Danny Rees Danny Rees ... Clown (voice)
Buddy Douglas Buddy Douglas ... Referee (voice)
Jim Moore Jim Moore ... Mime (voice)
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Storyline

A multi-layered satire of race relations in America. Live-action sequences of a prison break bracket the animated story of Brother Rabbit, Brother Bear, and Preacher Fox, who rise to the top of the crime ranks in Harlem by going up against a con-man, a racist cop, and the Mafia. Written by Alan Smithee, Sr.

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If you've been shot on, passed on, gassed on, pushed on or red, white and blued on ... you're ready to turn on to "Coonskin" See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Ralph Bakshi was able to persuade Al Ruddy to produce the film by claiming it was a remake of Song of the South (1946). This film satirizes the folk tales and character of Uncle Remus upon which "Song of the South" was based upon. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man in Blue: Fuck you.
Man in Yellow: Alright, I'm gonna give some example: I heard that 350 white folks committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. And out of the 350, there was two that was niggers.
Man in Blue: And one of them was pushed.
Man in Yellow: [laughs]
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Alternate Versions

There are two different versions of Coonskin in circulation: a 99 minute version released on tape in Holland, and the far more common 83 minute version (just released on video in the UK by MIA). The latter, despite running 16 minutes shorter, actually includes more than 7 minutes of footage (including a precredits sequence) not in the longer edition. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Sabata (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't No Sunshine
Written by Bill Withers
Performed by Grover Washington Jr.
on CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc.
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a hard, uncomfortable look at racism in America
19 April 2006 | by abracadaverSee all my reviews

Street Fight is a brilliant piece of brutal satire. This is not a movie you just watch for fun. It is not a comfortable experience, although it does have some laugh-out-loud moments. This is a movie you watch when you need food for thought.

To dismiss this film as simply racist is to miss the point entirely. This is not only a satire of Song of the South, it's also a biting commentary on the prejudices that Americans still have as a society. Every ethnic group portrayed in the movie gets shown as grotesque caricatures of their stereotypes, which in turn are grotesque caricatures of real people. Through this wild exaggeration, the filmmaker shows just how absurd these tightly-held beliefs really are.

If you're the sort of person who's willing to acknowledge the ugliness of the prevalent prejudices American culture still holds, and if you're not afraid to look your own prejudices in the eye, this movie may be for you.


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Official Sites:

Ralph Bakshi.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coonskin No More... See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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