7.0/10
72
4 user 2 critic

Black Joy (1977)

An innocent and unsophisticated Guyanan immigrant is exposed to the hustlin' way of life of the Brixton ghetto.

Director:

Anthony Simmons

Writers:

Anthony Simmons (screenplay), Jamal Ali (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but both big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure
Desmond's (1989–1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Desmond, his non-confirming family and the regulars of his hairdressers in Peckham, London.

Stars: Norman Beaton, Carmen Munroe, Ram John Holder
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

John Lewis is bored by his librarian's job and henpecked at home. Then Liz, wife of a local counciller, sets her sights on him. But this is risky stuff in a Welsh valleys town - if he and ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Gilliat
Stars: Peter Sellers, Mai Zetterling, Virginia Maskell
Pirate Radio (2009)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves.

Director: Richard Curtis
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Struggle between a Liverpool Juvenile Liaison officer and a young and dangerous pyromaniac.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Stanley Baker, Anne Heywood, David McCallum
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The management orders an investigation about the inflammatory leaflets that are spread, because they assume that an internal opposition is at work.

Director: Jean-Louis Bertuccelli
Stars: Jean Yanne, Michel Piccoli, Jean-Pierre Marielle
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dark comedy about a seaside Punch and Judy man driven to distraction by his social climbing wife and his hatred for the snobbery of local government. He is persuaded to go to the Mayor's gala evening but it's all too much for him.

Director: Jeremy Summers
Stars: Tony Hancock, Sylvia Syms, Ronald Fraser
Certificate: GP Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Bruce Pritchard is paralysed mysteriously after his Brothers wedding. Rejected by his family, he is placed in a nursing home. Angry and depressed, he finds hope with a nurse. Can Bruce find a life outside the home?

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Nanette Newman, Georgia Brown
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Drama which follows the parallel stories of two couples in crisis and their connection to a drowned woman found in a river.

Director: Anthony Simmons
Stars: Ann Lynn, Judi Dench, Norman Rodway
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The very eccentric English peer Sir Henry Rawlinson attempts, with the help of his mad family & servants, to exorcise the ghost of his brother Humbert.

Director: Steve Roberts
Stars: Trevor Howard, Patrick Magee, Denise Coffey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Beaton Norman Beaton ... Dave
Trevor Thomas Trevor Thomas ... Ben
Dawn Hope Dawn Hope ... Saffra
Floella Benjamin Floella Benjamin ... Miriam
Oscar James Oscar James ... Jomo
Paul J. Medford Paul J. Medford ... Devon (as Paul Medford)
Shango Baku Shango Baku ... Raastaman
Azad Ali Azad Ali ... Indian Official
Charles Pemberton Charles Pemberton ... White Official
Vivian Stanshall Vivian Stanshall ... Warden
Kevin O'Shea Kevin O'Shea ... Foreman
Cynthia Powell Cynthia Powell ... Prossie
T-Bone Wilson T-Bone Wilson ... Shark
Jeillo Edwards Jeillo Edwards ... Auntie
Jimmy Rand Jimmy Rand ... Bus Conductor
Edit

Storyline

An innocent and unsophisticated Guyanan immigrant is exposed to the hustlin' way of life of the Brixton ghetto.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Paul J. Medford receives an "introducing" credit as Paul Medford. See more »

Soundtracks

Black Joy
Performed by Jimmy Helms
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
black joy
30 May 2006 | by mufdivtwoSee all my reviews

this film is not to be taken seriously.

the character 'Dave' played by the late Norman beaton would never be able to con another man so blatantly as he does in the film. in fact once Dave starts conning the 'country boy' you cant help hoping that the so called 'country boy' would realise he is being taken for a fool and give Dave a good hiding!

instead all 'country boy' does is give Dave £50 in exchange for a car(which should have gone to Dave's friend) and he cant even drive it! Dave walks off laughing, and 'country boy' attempts to drive his new car! 'black joy' cannot be taken seriously. lastly why was the film named 'black joy'? throughout the whole film there are arguments,fights,cheating,etc but no joy? unless we are to believe that black people only feel happy when they are robbing and cheating each other?


0 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed