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J.D.'s Revenge (1976)

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A docile black law student is possessed by a 1940's mobster in mid 1970s New Orleans, Louisiana. The mobster seeks revenge upon the people who killed him and his sister.

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Arthur Marks

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Jaison Starkes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynn Turman ... Isaac
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Rev. Elija Bliss (as Lou Gossett)
Joan Pringle ... Christella
Carl W. Crudup ... Tony (as Carl Crudup)
Julian Christopher ... Carl (as James Louis Watkins)
Fred Pinkard Fred Pinkard ... Theotis Bliss
Jo Anne Meredith Jo Anne Meredith ... Sara Divine
Alice Jubert Alice Jubert ... Roberta Bliss / Betty Jo
David McKnight ... J.D. Walker
Stephanie Faulkner Stephanie Faulkner ... Phyllis
Fuddle Bagley Fuddle Bagley ... Enoch Land
Earl Billings ... Capt. Turner
Paul Galloway Paul Galloway ... Garage Man
Barbara Tasker Barbara Tasker ... Sheryl
Tom Alden Tom Alden ... Higgins
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A docile black law student is possessed by a 1940's mobster in mid 1970s New Orleans, Louisiana. The mobster seeks revenge upon the people who killed him and his sister. Written by du proserpio <tonypuma@hotmail.com>

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He came back from the dead to possess a man's soul, make love to his woman, and get the Vengeance he craved! See more »


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Some sources mistakenly list Prince (Rogers Nelson), for the soundtrack, confusing him with the film's composer, Robert Prince. See more »

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Featured in Arthur's Kids: A Conversation with Arthur Marks (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Will Never Let You Go
Lyrics by Joseph A. Greene
Music by Robert Prince and Joseph A. Greene
Sung by Joseph A. Greene
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Dig its razor-blade style?
15 June 2009 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Accomplished, but unspectacular blaxploitation horror with a tremendously ripe lead performance by Glynn Turman in presenting two very different (from placid to extreme) personalities. He plays a genuinely high flying and collected law student Isaac that during a hypnosis session experiences shocking visions and begins to undergo a personality change of a brutally hot-headed and jive-talking 1940's street hustler J.D. Walker. Through flashbacks that erupted in Isacc's mind we learn that J.D was wrongly accused of murder and then killed. Now he's seeking revenge beyond the grave and he's using Isaac to do so.

Director Arthur Macks doesn't generate anything particularly frightening with the flipped-out supernatural current, but works well with the gritty and murky air to cement tough groundwork. There is a ruthlessly razor-sharp vibe throughout, even though the make-up is cheaply done, it's Turman's tour-de-force performance that sells it. Despite a well-rounded story, there are moments in the script that seem to linger and succumb to repetitiveness with a conclusion that feels all too convenient. Robert Prince's unhinged music amusingly experiments with psychedelic sounds from foreboding electronic stings to funky cues. The rest of the performances are efficiently fair with Louis Gossett Jr. and Joan Pringle.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Reincarnation of J.D. Walker See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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