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Darktown Strutters (1975)

Syreena must investigate the disappearance of her mother, Cinderella. A series of wild complications follow.


William Witney


George Armitage (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trina Parks ... Syreena
Edna Richardson Edna Richardson ... Carmen
Bettye Sweet Bettye Sweet ... Miranda
Shirley Washington Shirley Washington ... Theda
Roger E. Mosley ... Mellow
Curtis Price Curtis Price ... Lead singer at club
Christopher Joy Christopher Joy ... Wired
Stan Shaw ... Raunchy
Otis Day ... V.D. (as DeWayne Jesse)
Norman Bartold ... Commander Cross
Charles Knapp Charles Knapp ... Officer Tubbins
Edward Marshall Edward Marshall ... Officer Emmo
Dick Miller ... Officer Hugo
Milt Kogan ... Officer Babel
Gene Simms Gene Simms ... Flash


Syreena must investigate the disappearance of her mother, Cinderella. A series of wild complications follow.

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soft as silk, strong as steel See more »


Action | Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

13 August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Down and Boogie See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joe Viola was originally slated to direct this film. Moreover, screenwriter George Armitage also initially expressed interest in directing this film, but decided not to because he was busy working on another script that he sold called "Trophy" that never got made into a movie. See more »


Syreena: They are making whites black! I've found Cinderella. We're gonna need all the HELP we can get! GET ON!
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Crazy Credits

Any similarity between this true life adventure and the story Cinderella ... is bullshit. See more »


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Performed by John Gary Williams and The Newcomers
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2 September 2001 | by ColemanDerrickSee all my reviews

Directed by William Witney and written by George Armitage, Darktown Strutters is quite simply, the forerunner to I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA! It is slapstick comedy that was seen on a bigger budget in BLAZING SADDLES, but because of the storyline it was quite ahead of its time. The Darktown Strutters, a group of female bikers, come into Watts, where Syreena(fearless leader of the quartet) is looking for her mother. In the middle of it all, a racist, fast food magnate is plotting to manipulate the Black community for his own intentions. Highly stylized, and fast-paced, what makes Darktown Strutters so silly is its contemporary take on urban America and racism. Modern issues such as abortion, fast food chains, cloning, police brutality, and racism are interwoven quite effectively. The villain of the piece, one Colonel Louisville Cross, made his millions as owner of the Sky Hog fast food chain: where the pork ribs are bonesuckin' good! It is a very amusing spin on the benevolent image of the dearly departed Colonel Sanders(of KFC fame), who walked the earth when this film was released. It's also funny how they avoided copyright infringement by replacing fried chicken with pork: the other white meat. It's also funny to see Syreena's contempt for the Colonel the minute she sees him. It's easy to see why the movie is overlooked. During that period, I really don't think Black Americans were in the mood for such comedies, especially when the Blaxploitation era was full of hardcore action flicks. I think too many viewers on the IMDB, who have seen this, just don't get some of the jokes. If you were around during that time, and/or if you are of African American descent, you will get a lot of the comedy on display. To compare this to Car Wash makes no sense. And it is not as weird as people make it out to be. As I said earlier, it was simply ahead of its time.

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