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Original Gangstas (1996)

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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:

Hot City 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

The movie is set in Gary Indianana, Fred Williamson (John Bookman) was born in Gary. 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

Jake Trevor: Well look like the Reverend did his job right well I guess we better do ours, hey you take care of yourself okay.
Laurie Thompson: Baby you coming back?
Jake Trevor: you know I'm coming back I'm home now.
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Connections

Featured in Baadasssss Cinema (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Written by Marvin Gaye - James Nyx (as James Nyx Jr.)
Performed by The Chi-Lites
Published by Jobete Music, Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
Produced by Eugene Record & Carl Davis
Chi-Lites appear courtesy of Brunswick Record Corp.
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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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