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The Candy Tangerine Man (1975)

R | | Adventure, Action | May 1975 (USA)
Sunset Boulevard is a lucrative place to work for the Black Baron, a pimp with a distinctive red and yellow Rolls Royce and plenty of girls on his books. He don't take no mess from his ... See full summary »

Director:

Matt Cimber

Writer:

Mikel Angel (as George Theakos)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Daniels ... The Baron
Eli Haines Eli Haines
Tom Hankason Tom Hankason
Marva Farmer Marva Farmer
Richard Kennedy ... Dempsey (as Edward Roem)
George 'Buck' Flower ... Gordon (as C.D. La Fleuer)
Meri McDonald Meri McDonald ... Sugar
George Pelster George Pelster
Marilyn Joi ... Clarisse (as Tracy King)
Tallie Cochrane ... Midge (as Talie Cochrane)
Patrick Wright ... Big Floyd (as Pat Wright)
Mikel Angel Mikel Angel ... Vincent Di Nunzio
Feng Lan Linn Feng Lan Linn
Carolyn Shelby Carolyn Shelby
Zenobia Wittacre Zenobia Wittacre ... (as Zenobia Whitaker)
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Sunset Boulevard is a lucrative place to work for the Black Baron, a pimp with a distinctive red and yellow Rolls Royce and plenty of girls on his books. He don't take no mess from his girls, his madam or his competitors and viciously defends his patch. First, he clobbers the Mob who attempt to move in on his patch. Second, he tracks down one of his girls who runs off with a suitcase full of his cash. Third, he disposes of two policemen. But by now he knows his pimping days are numbered, so after a final explosive gun battle he switches to being his alter ego, mild-mannered businessman Ron who lives out in the leafy suburbs with an unsuspecting wife and family. Written by The Man

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Git Back JACK--Give him no JIVE...He is the BAAAD'EST Cat in '75

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Adventure | Action

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Daniels was cast through assistant director Jefferson Richard. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1986 UK video release was cut by 4 minutes 18 secs by the BBFC with heavy edits to all shots of topless nudity, including bloodstained breasts with knife wounds, and a shortening of a scene where a man's hand is forced into a waste disposal unit. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Turn This Thing Around
Composed by Michael Fisher, Produced by Wayne Henderson
Performed by Smoke
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"Too fine not to be mine." Blaxploitation gold.
31 August 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

A favorite of both filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and his frequent cast member Samuel L. Jackson, "The Candy Tangerine Man" is simply primo exploitation. It stars the unfortunately little known John Daniels ("Black Shampoo") as "The Baron", a smooth as hell pimp who leads a double life. On weekends he goes home to a wife (Marilyn Joi) and kids in the suburbs! Trouble brews for The Baron when brutal mobsters insist on moving in on his territory. When his hookers take a powder, The Baron comes up with a new way to make money, but the bad guys just won't leave him alone, and he's obliged to indulge in a little old fashioned revenge.

Cult director Matt Cimber ("The Witch Who Came from the Sea") based the main character on a man he knew, who'd left school at a very early age but who was still quite savvy. This was a man who could have gone far in life had he stuck with his education. Cimber enlisted his friend, Mikel Angel (a writer and actor also known for such things as "Psychic Killer" and "Angels Die Hard") to write the script. Angel also plays the role of ruthless white mobster Vincent Di Nunzio, and served Cimber and the viewers with an amusing and fun scenario that's just full of all the sex and violence we could want.

And what glorious sex and violence it is. The sadism includes a pair of breasts being cut off (!) and a goon getting his hand mangled in a garburator. There's a respectable amount of lovely ladies here to show off the goods.

It's too bad Daniels isn't more popular. He had enough charisma and presence on screen to have been more of a star. He's ably supported by a couple of familiar faces for fans of 70s trash cinema: Ms. Joi, Richard Kennedy and George 'Buck' Flower as a pair of racist detectives who regularly hound The Baron (Kennedy really goes to town on the scenery), Tallie Cochrane as Midge, and Patrick Wright as volatile thug Big Floyd. John F. Goff appears unbilled.

The fashions and visuals are nice; the title comes from the fact that our hero pimp drives a brightly colored Rolls Royce. And there are hearty helpings of great soul music, composed by "Smoke".

This is one to seek out if you're not already aware of it.

Eight out of 10.


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