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Original Gangstas (1996)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 10 May 1996 (USA)
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Marvin Bookman is a small shop owner in Gary, Indiana, USA. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Larry Cohen, Fred Williamson (uncredited)

Writer:

Aubrey K. Rattan (as Aubrey Rattan)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Williamson ... John Bookman
Jim Brown ... Jake Trevor
Pam Grier ... Laurie Thompson
Paul Winfield ... Reverend Dorsey
Isabel Sanford ... Gracie Bookman
Oscar Brown Jr. Oscar Brown Jr. ... Marvin Bookman
Richard Roundtree ... Slick
Ron O'Neal ... Bubba
Christopher B. Duncan ... Spyro
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ... Damien
Dru Down Dru Down ... Kayo
Shyheim Franklin ... Dink
Robert Forster ... Detective Slatten
Charles Napier ... Mayor
Wings Hauser ... Michael Casey
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Storyline

Marvin Bookman is a small shop owner in Gary, Indiana, USA. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the police. The gang doesn't like this so they go to the store and rough him up. Soon, John Bookman comes to town to set the wrong things right. With the help of Laurie and his old friend Jake, they attempt to take back the streets and show the new breed of gang members what the true originals can do. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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The original bad boys are stepping up in '96!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for non-stop violence and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warzone See more »

Filming Locations:

East Chicago, Indiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,014,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Po' Boy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Critics likened the film to Boyz n the Hood, and pictures like that, Larry Cohen stated, "And they said it was a serious commentary on the conditions in Gary, Indiana and the people, and a worthwhile movie. And a New York critic said it was the most fun he'd had at the movies all year. So in a way it was a better picture than Twister, and I'm sure over the years it's picked up most of its audience on DVD and cable". See more »

Goofs

When John and Jake do a drive-by at the steel mill in an attempt to start the gang war, several fires in barrels are burning. When they make their second pass, the smoke and fire can be seen going backwards, back into the barrels. See more »

Quotes

Blood: Mr. Bookman, Mr. Trevor it's time we neighbor's met.
John Bookman: Let me explain something to you my brother, just because Damien's dead doesn't mean you can move in, I won't be that far away.
Jake Trevor: I'm back home blood,
[point's to John]
Jake Trevor: and I'm working with him, just so you know.
Blood: Well, there goes the neighborhood.
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Soundtracks

The World Is a Ghetto
Performed by Geto Boys
Produced by N.O. Joe for Gumbo Funk Productions & Mike Dean
Guitar and Bass by Mike Dean
Publishing: Far Out Music, Inc., admin. by Polygram International Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)
Written by Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown, Morris D. Dickerson (as Morris Dickerson), Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Charles Miller (as Charles W. Miller), Lee Oskar and Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott)
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Blaxploitation stars kick ass
10 April 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

It's like old home wee when stars like Jim Brown (Slaughter, Black Gunn), Fred Williamson (Starsky & Hutch), Pam Grier, Ron O'Neal (Superfly), Richard Roundtree (Shaft), and Paul Winfield (Sounder) get together to teach some young punks a lesson. Heavys of the 70's blaxploitation genre are called home to get some revenge and clean up the town. Lots of talking and shooting and good old fashioned fisticuffs.

Pam Grier (Coffy, Foxy Brown) is back in the form we like. She was one of the first female action stars in Hollywood. Looking forward to a retrospective this weekend when they replay two of her best.


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