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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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From the director of "New Jack City" and "Posse" 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

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,354,847, 7 May 1995

Gross USA:

$6,834,525

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,834,525
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Guenveur Smith, who plays Pruitt, also played Huey Newton in A Huey P. Newton Story (2001), meaning he has played characters at the birth and death of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. See more »

Goofs

At a party, a Black Panther member is shown playing a cream colored guitar with a Floyd Rose tremolo and locking nut. Floyd Rose didn't invent the locking tremolo system until 1977. The film is set in the mid-'60s. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Seale: Brother Malcolm said we should stop sangin' and start swangin'.
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Featured in Various Artists: Freedom - Rap Version (1995) See more »

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Mario Van Peebles, director and writer.
27 August 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Panther (1995) is not to meant to be a dead on account of the Black Panther Party. This is what they call historical fiction. That is when you make up a story involving real life characters. The book this movie was based upon was writing a few years back by Melvin Van Peebles. The story is nothing more that a fictional account dealing with real life people.

It's a movie. Not a documentary. So please keep this in mind when watching it. But the dramatic elements and acting were quite good. I enjoyed it as a drama. If you want to learn about the Black Panther Party this is a good launching pad. From here I suggest you go to your local library and study up on these revolutionaries who tried to make some decent changes to the poor communities but were sabotaged by the F.B.I. and their army of rats and snitches.

I thought it was a bold step for Mr. Van Peebles to try and make a mainstream movie about a group of local heroes who have been buried by the mainstream and the far right. Stars Kadeem Hardison, Bokeem Woodbine, Joe Don Baker, Courtney B. Vance, Chris Rock, Bobby Brown and Angela Bassett. Directed by Mario Van Peebles. Co written by Mario and Melvin Van Peebles.

Recommended.


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