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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.

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Cast

Cast overview:
... Samson / Brother Bear (voice)
Charles Gordone ... Preacherman / Preacher Fox (voice)
... Pappy / Old Man Bone (voice) (as Scat Man Crothers)
... Randy / Brother Rabbit (voice) (as Philip Thomas)
Danny Rees ... Clown (voice)
Buddy Douglas ... Referee (voice)
Jim Moore ... Mime (voice)
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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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BARRY WHITE and his men are bustin' out to win! They'll stop the man from calling them "Coonskin" See more »


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Ralph Bakshi.com

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20 August 1975 (USA)  »

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Bustin' Out  »

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Trivia

Ralph Bakshi was able to persuade Albert S. 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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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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Fantastic examination of Racist Stereotyping
6 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

One of the most interesting movies to be classified as "blaxploitation," Bakshi's "Coonskin" is a rich text full of wonderful insight. He wrote it in collaboration with Scat Man Crothers and Barry White, who appear in the film as well. The racist imagery can often be disturbing, but the message of the movie was so powerful that the NAACP gave it an endorsement (but only grudgingly).

I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in an examination of the pervading atmosphere of racism that Bakshi attempts to deconstruct. Wonderful stuff.


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