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Panther (1995)

R | | Drama | 3 May 1995 (USA)
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A dramatized account of the story of The Black Panther Party of Self-Defense.

Director:

Mario Van Peebles

Writers:

Melvin Van Peebles (novel), Melvin Van Peebles (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kadeem Hardison ... Judge
Bokeem Woodbine ... Tyrone
Joe Don Baker ... Brimmer
Courtney B. Vance ... Bobby Seale
Tyrin Turner ... Cy
Marcus Chong ... Huey Newton
Anthony Griffith ... Eldridge Cleaver
Bobby Brown ... Rose
Angela Bassett ... Dr. Betty Shabazz
Nefertiti ... Alma
James Russo ... Rodgers
Jenifer Lewis ... Rita
Chris Rock ... Yuck Mouth
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Pruitt
Michael Wincott ... Tynan
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Storyline

Panther is a semi-historic film about the origins of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The movie spans about 3 years (1966-68) of the Black Panther's history in Oakland. Panther also uses historical footage (B/W) to emphasize some points. Written by Qawi Robinson

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Taglines:

The People Called Them Heroes. The F.B.I. Called Them Public Enemy Number One. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fekete párduc See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,834,525
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Angela Bassett also played Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X (1992). See more »

Goofs

At the school, when they are rallying for more members. See more »

Quotes

Black cop: You know you can't help but admire those young Brothers, they do alot of good in their communities.
Pruitt: You ever hear about the common good, the United States of America is more than a simple collection of ghettoes, this country was built on Capitalism and Democracy, and in a Democracy, the Majority rules, we are a Minority unless we integrate, fully!
Black cop: Whose side are you on? Brother
Pruitt: No! Whose side are you on? Officer
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Featured in Various Artists: Freedom - Rap Version (1995) See more »

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Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
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Performed by Mint Condition
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simplistic but a thriller
24 February 2004 | by michelleaspenceSee all my reviews

Panther's depictions of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and the opposing white establishment are perhaps a bit simplistic; nevertheless it made the movie no less thrilling.

Mario Van Peebles uses television footage from the civil rights struggles in the 1960s to demonstrate why the Black Panther Party came into existence. The scenes of police brutality and the Party standing up to the police were shot well and enable the viewer to grasp the fear as well as frustration of the times. Whether or not the film portrays an accurate account of history and the reasoning behind the creation of the Party is debatable. Of course, no film is completely historically accurate, and most producers, writers and directors have their own agenda when making a film. However, all that being said, it is not difficult to believe that the 'white' establishment behaved either exactly or near to the way it is depicted in the film. We need only read our history books, newspapers and watch footage (some of which was shown in the film) of the 'white' establishment's appalling actions during that period and indeed for centuries before that to determine that the depictions of overt racism and inhumane treatment dished out by the police and others in the film were not far fetched.

One other fact to consider is that the Panthers were considered an enemy to the established order and therefore the propaganda surrounding the history of the Party depicts them as worse than they actually were. The film, I believe, breaks those negative images down. It goes beyond the headlines of the time and depicts the problems facing black Americans then and indeed to some extent now. Indeed the most impressive aspect of the film is how it portrayed the need for the Black Panther Movement. One finds it difficult to advocate violence; however when one's life is on the line and those who are meant to protect are the perpetrators, then the right to defend oneself is the right of every person. The most powerful message this film sends is that the Panther Party was the result of a need not simply a desire.

The film may not be 'completely historically accurate;' however it does present a different view of the Panther Party and its objectives, one that is long overdue. This film is a must see!


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