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Welcome Home Brother Charles (1975)

A proud black man does time in jail where he is subjected to heinous experiments. Once released, he goes about extracting vengeance on those who put him in prison. This includes both ... See full summary »

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Jamaa Fanaka (as Jamaa-Fanaka)

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Jamaa Fanaka (as Jamaa-Fanaka)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlo Monte Marlo Monte ... Charles Murray
Reatha Grey ... Carmen
Stan Kamber Stan Kamber ... Jim
Tiffany Peters Tiffany Peters ... Christina Freeman
Ben Bigelow Ben Bigelow ... Harry Freeman
Jake Carter Jake Carter ... N.D.
Jackie Ziegler Jackie Ziegler ... Twyla
Ed Sander Ed Sander ... Judge
Teri Hayden Teri Hayden ... Judge's Wife
Stephen Schenck Stephen Schenck ... Prosecutor
Kamala James Kamala James ... Prosecutor's Wife
Mordo Dana Mordo Dana ... Physician
Elizabeth McAlpine Elizabeth McAlpine ... Mrs. Simpson
Jack Gregory Jack Gregory ... Psychiatrist
Geraldine Marble Geraldine Marble ... Charles' Mother
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A proud black man does time in jail where he is subjected to heinous experiments. Once released, he goes about extracting vengeance on those who put him in prison. This includes both seducing their women and murdering them by a mysterious means. Then the hook is revealed - his murder weapon is his own genitals which are now enormous and super powered as a result of the experiments he endured in prison. You heard me right; he kills with his penis and you see it all! Written by Stewmungous <swattson@ic.sunysb.edu>

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Big Charlie's back in town - to get his piece of the action! See more »

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Action | Drama | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1975 (USA) See more »

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Bob-Bea Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Unique among blaxploitation - revenge sagas.
25 June 2018 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Marlo Monte portrays Charles Murray, an amiable dope pusher who is arrested by white detectives. Unfortunately for Charles, one of these white detectives is Harry Freeman (Ben Bigelow), a raging racist unable to satisfy his wife. What Harry does is that he attempts to castrate Charles, getting back at both the wife and blacks in general. Charles spends three years in the pen, renounces crime, and tries to go straight, although finding honest work is difficult. He shacks up with Carmen (Reatha Grey), a former hooker, and ultimately decides to get revenge on all the honkies who did him wrong: Freeman, Freeman's partner (Stan Kamber), the judge (Ed Sander), and the prosecutor (Stephen Schenck). This he does in an extremely memorable, "Holy *beep*, I can't believe I'm seeing this" manner.

The big money shot occurs around the 88 minute mark, and while it may not catch you off guard if you know the big twist going in, it's STILL a priceless sight to behold. It's guaranteed to send viewers into gales of laughter.

And yet, at the same time, this viewer doesn't know that this aspect of the story is meant to be taken all that literally. Our protagonist may well have become unhinged by his experiences. In effect, the debut feature for writer / producer / director / editor Jamaa Fanaka, who hit it big four years later with the first "Penitentiary" picture, is largely a traditional story of vengeance. But Fanaka makes it fresh by infusing it with subtext (namely, black male virility), and a portrait of black American life in Compton and Watts of the mid-70s.

The filmmaking may not be terribly slick, and some of the performances may be amateurish, but the participants do get an A for effort. Monte and Grey have engaging personalities, Bigelow is an appropriately despicable p.o.s. antagonist, Jackie Ziegler is all kinds of sexy as Charles' ex-girlfriend Twyla (she performs a strip number), and Tiffany Peters is good as Freemans' defiant wife.

Enhanced by some gloriously funky tunes, and William Andersons' sometimes seriously weird soundtrack, this is one blaxploitation oddity that definitely merits at least one viewing.

Eight out of 10.


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