Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.

Director:

Shaka King

Writers:

Will Berson (story by), Shaka King (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Kaluuya ... Fred Hampton
LaKeith Stanfield ... Bill O'Neal
Jesse Plemons ... Roy Mitchell
Dominique Fishback ... Deborah Johnson
Ashton Sanders ... Jimmy Palmer
Algee Smith ... Jake Winters
Darrell Britt-Gibson ... Bobby Rush
Lil Rel Howery ... Wayne
Dominique Thorne ... Judy Harmon
Martin Sheen ... J. Edgar Hoover
Amari Cheatom ... Collins
Khris Davis ... Steel
Ian Duff ... Doc Satchel
Caleb Eberhardt ... Bob Lee
Robert Longstreet ... Leslie Carlyle

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Storyline

Fred Hampton, a young, charismatic activist, becomes Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party - putting him directly in the crosshairs of the government, the FBI, and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, the authorities are going to need a man on the inside.

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You can kill a revolutionary but you can't kill the revolution.


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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Director Shaka King's second feature film since Newlyweeds (2013), his feature film debut. See more »

Goofs

During the police raid on Black Panther headquarters the Chicago P.D. is depicted employing 1966 Ford full-size four-door hardtops. Police units at the time were universally sedans, which when Fords were from the "Custom" line. The Custom line did not include four-door hardtops. See more »

Quotes

Fred Hampton: Reform it's just the masters teaching the slaves how to be better slaves.
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Soundtracks

I've Cried
Written by John W Rowin Jr, William T Walters and Melvin Brown
Performed by The Jhamels
Courtesy of Emphasis Records
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Very informative
13 February 2021 | by tylertoth-71980See all my reviews

I had no idea any of this actually happened, so it's great that a film was made about this. This is a powerful film that I will recommend to anyone.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Fred Hampton Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,027,076, 14 February 2021

Gross USA:

$5,416,063

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,416,063
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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